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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Score: Notre Dame media 1, UConn media 0

The allegations that former Notre Dame forward Becca Bruszewski opened the UConn locker room door and yelled "it sucks to be you" after Notre Dame beat the Huskies in the 2011 Final Four was printed in a couple of blogs, uttered during the broadcast (without naming Bruszewski) of Monday night's UConn/Notre Dame game. Two columnists wrote about the subject with one citing a UConn source and one not.

I was aware of the allegation but felt it was inappopriate to run with it in either a blog or story unless I gave Notre Dame a chance to respond. Had Monday's game been played in the afternoon, I would have taken the opportunity to do just that but with a 9 p.m. start that simply was not an option.

So I will take this time to credit Curt Rallo from the South Bend Tribune to practicing some actual journalism by contacting Bruszewski and speaking to Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw about the subject. McGraw confirmed to Rallo that UConn coach Geno Auriemma brought up the issue to McGraw in May and she said her players denied that ever happened. In the days leading up to the game no UConn player would confirm that it this ever happened.

I have multiple issues with this whole "story." First, Bruszewski is accused of doing this back in April and no rumblings of this emerged when UConn and Notre Dame played in January. Second, Bruszewski isn't even a member of the Notre Dame so I'm not sure what this has to do the current UConn/Notre Dame teams. Finally, if this is merely a motivational ploy by the UConn coaching staff that says quite a bit about this UConn team that they needed extra motivation going into a game where they had a chance to earning a share of the Big East regular-season title as well facing a team which beat them earlier in this season and eliminated them from the 2011 NCAA tournament.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

emerged when UConn and Notre Dame played in Jamiary

It's called spell check. Learn to use it.

11:44 AM 
Anonymous Erin said...

I never heard anything about it until the Notre Dame broadcast, when somebody (Doris Burke?) stated as fact that a Notre Dame player had done that, but didn't mention a name. I think that's why everybody's talking about it, and Becca's name being attached is fan speculation based on knowledge of the players.

11:46 AM 

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