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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Geno has some fun on "Sugar-Gate"

Geno Auriemma was not at the XL Center on Saturday night when Villanova coach Harry Perretta made some news once again for his good-natured assistance for a record-breaking achievement.

Sugar Rodgers of Georgetown checked out of the Big East second-round game in the final minute with 40 points which was one shy of the Big East tournament single-game record of 41 points set by Miami's Frances Savage. Not only did Perretta alert Georgetown coach Keith Brown to the situation but when Rodgers came back into the game, he instructed his team to foul her so she could get the mark at the free-throw line.

Rodgers finished with a record 42 points but there was no national backlash like when Perretta allowed UConn's Nykesha Sales to score an uncontested layup to break Kerry Bascom's career scoring record at UConn. Auriemma faced intense criticism for conspiring with Perretta for the staged basket.

Auriemma had some fun with the deal when it came up after Sunday's win over DePaul

"There’s no outrage because Geno didn’t do it," Auriemma said. "There’s only outrage when I do something that somebody doesn’t like. Then there’s the outrage. Everybody likes Harry.

"I don’t know where he gets off doing that," Auriemma said as a sly grin appeared on his face. "I just think that’s a disgrace to the game. Sugar should be ashamed of herself for accepting it. I know I would never do that for one of my players. I just think that speaks very poorly of women’s basketball. I don’t know why you’d want to be that considerate and that kind and that generous and that humane. What the hell? This is big-time sports, man. Dog eat dog. Every man for himself. If she didn’t get 42 she didn’t get 42. Who the hell are we to orchestrate this crap? Hasn’t he learned anything in the last 20 years?"


Blogger James Kerwin said...

Harry p is one of the nicest and truest sportsman in Women's basketball. God bless a man like that. Such compassion for a very good Sugar Rogers.

7:06 PM 

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