Geno Auriemma the coach of the UConn women's basketball team let loose on a rant after his win this Sunday over 10th ranked Ohio State, tying the all-time consecutive win's record for Div. 1 Basketball with John Wooden's UCLA teams of the late 70s.
He exclaimed: "I just know there wouldn’t be this many people in the room if we were chasing a woman’s record.The reason everybody is having a heart attack the last four or five days is a bunch of women are threatening to break a men’s record, and everybody is all up in arms about it."
And: "Because we’re breaking a men’s record, we’ve got a lot of people paying attention. If we were breaking a women’s record, everybody would go, ‘Aren’t those girls nice, let’s give them two paragraphs in USA Today, you know, give them one line on the bottom of ESPN and then let’s send them back where they belong, in the kitchen.”
Bull crap, Auriemma. You're getting a lot of attention because you're breaking an iconic number in college sports. You're getting attention because you're team hasn't lost in years, and you're getting attention mostly because the largest sports enterprise in the world is 20 miles from your campus.
No one is suggesting women should be in the kitchen or anything else. But the truth is, people don't care about women's basketball. It's not as exciting as men's basketball. You are at one of two schools where women's basketball is a priority (Tennessee).
Be a gentlemen, not an idiot. Appreciate that you've had some great talent. Now I am rooting against you, because John Wooden never would have acted this way.
Also, there is no reason to compare the two streaks. The men's field is deeper than the women's field in basketball, therefore the streak is more impressive in my mind, but I don't think anyone wants to see failure. It's not like college basketball fans will now look back at John Wooden, Bill Walton and Abdul-Kareem Jabbar and the 10 consecutive UCLA titles with less admiration.
Geno you are an idiot and just shut up.