Who would've thought that winning big would be something the press would complain about?
Sadly, that day has come, as has voiced his complaints over watching UConn win in dominating fashion this year. "UConn Women beat Miss St. 98-38 in NCAA tourney. Hate to punish them for being great, but they are killing women's game. Watch? No thanks," said Shaughnessy
The writer also told Outside the Lines on Monday that it's not the Huskies' fault that they have been so dominant. ""I like sports for competition, not knowing the outcome, who's going to win. When you already know who's going to win, again, it's not their fault, but it makes it less interesting to me. Yeah, I will watch other stuff, but we're still allowed to have opinions. I just don't think this is good for the women's game, and I would like to see them do better."
So winning is now a bad thing?
Coach Geno Auriemma, spoke on the issue at hand, saying "We don't appreciate people for how good they are and what a good job they do -- we always have to compare it to something," Auriemma said. "It's only in women's basketball. It's the only sport where that happens. The only sport. Day in, day out, year in, year out, we're faced with those questions and those comparisons."
I have covered and watched a lot of women's college basketball, and these are the types of statements that push the game back a decade. Women's basketball has come a long way in the past ten years, and there is way more talent across the board than there was then. AAU programs and coaching are really allowing the game to grow. This March Madness tournament and parody show the growth of the product overall.
So what UCONN is dominant? When did winning become a bad thing? Geno doesn't get more scholarships that any other coach. He has built the program from the ground up. If the other coaches want to contend, it's there job to pull players in and train the players they have better.