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The bitterness of Geno

So UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma thinks the Catholic 7 just took the money and ran in bailing on the Big East.

I think I know where that rant comes from. And it has the distinct aroma of sour grapes about it.

Here's the deal: I think Auriemma's just grumpy because the Catholic 7 did what he wishes UConn could have done -- jump the Big East ship. Seems to me the school tried desperately to court the ACC, only to not have it work out. So to turn around the Providences, Georgetowns and Seton Halls for doing the same thing is more than a tad hypocritical.

Not that I don't get where Geno's coming from. He's a basketball coach who's stuck in a conference that's decided basketball is to be a second-class citizen. Apparently there's more money to be made by becoming a second-tier football conference, so that's the direction the Big East is going.

That can't sit well with guys like Auriemma, or frankly anyone else who's invested in hoops, and who remembers the Big East as the premier basketball conference in the country. You go from battling Syracuse, Louisville, St. John's and Georgetown every night to battling, um, SMU and Tulane. That's a heck of a comedown.

Ben Smith's blog.