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Geno Auriemma is an angry guy. When he’s not busy calling all of you “misogynists,” he’s blaming Notre Dame for all the re-alignment madness currently gripping college football. I mention this only because I know the legions of college football fans have been on pins and needles wondering about the ramblings of a women’s basketball coach with anger management issues.
Last Thursday, Auriemma took it upon himself to say something about the fact that Notre Dame has been a member of the Big East for basketball, but refuses to join for football. According to Auriemma, it is that non-committal that is hurting the Big East.
He called out Notre Dame. He called out Touchdown Jesus’ bank account. Yep, right here in New York, right here on 42nd Street, Geno Auriemma blew the doors off the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
Maybe it took someone as cheeky as Auriemma, with as much chutzpah as the Hall of Fame coach, to finally say what so many in his conference believe. Or maybe it took someone as uniquely positioned as the UConn women’s basketball coach, armed with seven national titles, to know he can get away with it.
Whatever the maybes, Auriemma was certain about one thing Thursday.
“The only thing you’re sure of is they don’t play [football] in our league and never want to play in our league,” Auriemma said. “For a lot of us, it’s a huge problem.
“They’ve been in our league something like  years. How long are we going to date before we just decide this ain’t working? I’m not happy about it. That’s not the opinion of UConn, the Big East Conference, my president, my AD. That’s just Geno Auriemma’s opinion. I’m pissed about it.”
Now, that can only be seen as both a shot across the bow of Touchdown Jesus, and the rantings of a captain whose own ship is sinking. Auriemma continues this thought.
“If Notre Dame had come in as a football and basketball school, all in, we wouldn’t have a problem,” Auriemma said. “Miami wouldn’t have left. Virginia Tech wouldn’t have left. Boston College wouldn’t have left [all for the ACC]. We probably wouldn’t have any of these issues, would we?
“We have one school that holds the future of our league in the palm of their hand and they’re not really that concerned about it. That’s my opinion now. You asked me a question. I’m telling you an answer.”
“But join us in football and then look out for your best interest,” Auriemma said. “If you know you, as a school, have the ability to put a whole bunch of schools at ease and have the Catholic mentality of we’re here to serve and help. … I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school all my life. I love Jesus and I’m not even a Republican.”
You know, Geno, I was with you right up until that last line. I didn’t necessarily agree with you, but any body that wants to beat on Notre Dame…hell, I’ll give that guy as wide a latitude as I can. But then you had to be one of those pigeon-holing dickheads who assume all people in certain group think the same way. So, now I have to expose your comments for the idiocy they are.
I could take the cheap shot and remind you that you are a basketball coach in a world where college football is the “money” sport. I would really like not to have to mention it at all, except there’s an important point in this. Geno, being a hoops guy, I don’t know if you realize this, but Big East football sucks. Nobody wants to join it.
Let’s be clear here…it’s pretty bad when I have to defend Notre Dame. But look at the facts. Nobody of significance wants anything to do with Big East football. This conference can’t even hang on to Syracuse, a program which has had one winning season in its previous ten. This conference can’t hang on to Pittsburgh, a program that hasn’t won a major bowl game in 30 years. This conference got rejected by all three service academies, and got left at the altar by TCU.
If you needed any more proof the Big East is clutching at straws, look at the fact that Auriemma believes Notre Dame football would have saved it. He points to his belief Miami and Virginia Tech would not have left if Notre Dame joined. Really? A team that hasn’t won a major bowl game since the Lou Holtz era is you savior? Really?
Do us both a favor and stick to basketball, Geno. You live in a world where football rules the day; you live in a conference that is about basketball. The only time anybody cares about college basketball is in March. As such, stick to your March Madness and be grateful you have it.