One can never underestimate the influence that UConn coach Geno Auriemma has when he speaks. Following the taping of an episode of “Beyond the Beat’’ for CPTV Sports Monday at Mohegan Sun Casino, the Hall of Famer talked with John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant about growing the game of women’s basketball.
Specifically, Auriemma stated that lowering the rim would be most beneficial. His comments have since swept the nation as my inbox has been besieged daily by Google alerts referencing stories and blogs that have been written about the subject in various cities across the country.
Here is what the NCAA is saying about Auriemma’s comments …
“The NCAA continues to work with its members and others to grow the game of women’s basketball, but the issue Coach Auriemma has raised is not before our membership for consideration.’’
The statement was sent today by NCAA Associate Director for Public and Media Relations Cameron Schuh. With an open practice scheduled for tomorrow at Gampel Pavilion, Auriemma is likely to have more to say about the height of the rims and the game itself.