Not Women's Or Men's, Just Greatness


"It was self-explanatory," Auriemma said. "The question was in the world of sports was what does it signify. It's signifies whatever you want it to signify. People who love women's basketball are thrilled to death. Sports fans who appreciate who appreciate something unique are thrilled.

"Those people who love men's basketball and don't give two rips about men's basketball, we're not going to change their minds. And then there are a bunch of people who are being forced to cover it."

That, Auriemma said, is because the Huskies are breaking a men's record. When they won 70 and 71 to break the women's record, there was none of this interest.

"It was just a bunch of girls beating a bunch of girls," Auriemma said. "That's the way it was treated. I wasn't criticizing anybody. I wasn't demanding more recognition or coverage. I never said that. I'm amused it takes a men's record to get this kind of attention. I'm not bitter about it. After tomorrow they can all go back and do what they were doing. That's all it was."

He couldn't have been surprised everybody had an opinion. And guess what? He wasn't.

"I can't tell what I've been called in stuff that has been sent to me," Auriemma said. "I get a kick of it. Look it or not we made you pay attention. If you want to go back, go back, but for this little period of time, you paid attention."

He said it's not his fault ESPN treated it like the Kennedy Assassination with its wall-to-wall coverage.

"People in my family were like turn the TV off, would you?" Auriemma said. "[ESPN] decided to do that. They know how to make a buck. Don't blame me. I'm just the messenger."

So, despite all the garbage nationally, it does get back to parallel greatness.

"If John Wooden's 88-game streak brings more attention to women's basketball," Greg Wooden said, "that's a good thing."

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