There’s no doubt that UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is fantastic at what he does, as he is seeking his fourth consecutive championship and 11th overall this coming season. However, some fans have criticized UConn for not having any competition, and Auriemma addressed that on Grantland’s The Lowe Post podcast, part of ESPN.
“Some of our fans are so f—— stupid it’s unbelievable. They complain a lot of times that we have no competition and it’s boring. Then if we play a really good team and don’t play our A-game, they bitch that something’s wrong with UConn: ‘This kid’s not any good. That kid’s not any good. Geno Auriemma got outcoached by this coach.’ It’s unbelievable.”
Auriemma then proceeded to take a shot at those who criticize UConn’s dominance, and he did not mince words.
“I heard this WNBA coach say, ‘I don’t like Connecticut. They’re bad for the game because they dominate so much. They get the best players and they kill everybody.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s the most idiotic statement I ever heard.’ That just goes to show you how ignorant some people are.
“Let’s say we get two high school All-Americans every year. Let’s just say. The people we beat also get two. So if there’s 20 kids that make first team All-American and they play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and we get two. Or three. What happens to the other 17 guys? So obviously we’re doing something a little different than just getting the best players. No. 1, we get the right players, and we try to do the right thing by them.”
Long story short, though his words were a bit brash at times, Auriemma is right. Coaching is a high stress job, and the Huskies’ dominance is just a testament to how strong a coach and recruiter he is. It just sounds like those who criticize UConn are doing so for the same reason they bash Kentucky on the men’s level, because they always play so well and have the best players.
Thus, though Auriemma’s choice of words wasn’t exactly ideal, he didn’t say one thing that wasn’t true, and fans should just enjoy UConn’s dominance while it lasts.
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