Dec 26, 2012
Auriemma Dishes Blame To Departing Big East Schools

ESPN.com

http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8761988/geno-auriemma-connecticut-huskies-catholic-7-made-their-money-ran

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma isn’t broken up about the breakup of the Big East. In fact, he said Tuesday he wished the seven Catholic schools that decided to leave could exit the conference immediately and blamed the conference’s current flux on their past voting decisions.

Auriemma theorized Tuesday that the seven schools stayed in the conference as long as there was money to be made. And now, with the conference struggling to secure a media-rights deal with its recent upheaval, the seven schools decided to exit.

“Everyone wants to live in the place where the nine original schools of the Big East are all together and will play against each other forever. Then football became the driving vehicle. You are either at the table with the big boys or you are not, he told reporters, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Catholic schools did a really good thing. They stayed at the table for as long as it took them to make as much money as they could. And once they saw all the money running out, they decided to go play somewhere else, he told reporters. Had some of them managed to vote appropriately over the last 10 years, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are now.”

UConn is the only founding member of the conference still in the Big East and the only original member left in the conference that has a FBS football program. The seven non-FBS schools are DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova.

Auriemma Dishes Blame To Departing Big East Schools

ESPN.com

http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8761988/geno-auriemma-connecticut-huskies-catholic-7-made-their-money-ran

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma isn’t broken up about the breakup of the Big East. In fact, he said Tuesday he wished the seven Catholic schools that decided to leave could exit the conference immediately and blamed the conference’s current flux on their past voting decisions.

Auriemma theorized Tuesday that the seven schools stayed in the conference as long as there was money to be made. And now, with the conference struggling to secure a media-rights deal with its recent upheaval, the seven schools decided to exit.

“Everyone wants to live in the place where the nine original schools of the Big East are all together and will play against each other forever. Then football became the driving vehicle. You are either at the table with the big boys or you are not, he told reporters, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Catholic schools did a really good thing. They stayed at the table for as long as it took them to make as much money as they could. And once they saw all the money running out, they decided to go play somewhere else, he told reporters. Had some of them managed to vote appropriately over the last 10 years, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are now.”

UConn is the only founding member of the conference still in the Big East and the only original member left in the conference that has a FBS football program. The seven non-FBS schools are DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova.






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