UConn and Notre Dame will again meet next season in South Bend, Ind. as part of a new two-year deal. It had been the most high-profile rivalry in the nation over the last four seasons, with the teams playing 15 times since Jan. 16, 2010, including in the NCAA national semifinals in each of the past three seasons.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma spoke about the series restart today. And in light of a comment made recently by Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, his comments were sarcastic in nature.
“Notre Dame was a little bit more difficult to put the thing together,’’ Auriemma said. “But I did see where Muffet said that we need the game more than she does. So I really appreciate them giving us the opportunity to play against them. I don’t know where we’d be without their help these last 10 years or so. So any time you get a chance to play the University of Notre Dame I don’t think you can pass that up. So we’re going to take advantage of it and go for it.’’
Here is the comment made by McGraw that Auriemma was referring to …
“I think this game is probably more important for Connecticut than us,’’ McGraw told the South Bend Tribune. “The conference they’re in is not as strong as the ACC.’’
The Huskies will also renew their series with DePaul next season. Auriemma did not need any sarcasm in this case.
“That was (DePaul coach) Doug (Bruno) coming up to me and saying, `I really want to continue the series and if there’s any way that we can do it,’’’ Auriemma said. “I said, `Fine. I’ll let (UConn senior woman administrator) Deb (Corum) know and you guys can work it out.’ I didn’t care where the game was going to be played. He needed for the game to be here to balance out his schedule. So it was just a matter of getting a date here. So that was easy. That was painless.’’