INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Head coach Geno Auriemma of the Connecticut Huskies directs his players in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four on April 3, 2011 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Stanford Cardinal 63-62. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Geno Auriemma, head coach of the UConn women's basketball team, pointed the finger at Notre Dame for the current mess the Big East finds itself in. Speaking at the Big East women's basketball media day today, he said
They've been in our league something like  years. How long are we going to date before we just decide this ain't working? I'm not happy about it. That's not the opinion of UConn, the Big East Conference, my president, my AD. That's just Geno Auriemma's opinion. I'm pissed about it.
If Notre Dame had come in as a football and basketball school, all in, we wouldn't have a problem. Miami wouldn't have left. Virginia Tech wouldn't have left. Boston College wouldn't have left [all for the ACC]. We probably wouldn't have any of these issues, would we?
Auriemma thinks Notre Dame should "have the Catholic mentality of we're here to serve and help" and join the Big East in football.
Well, why would the Irish join the Big East in football when they can just dump their Olympic sports in the ACC and remain independent in football? Actually, they can't do that either. ACC commissioner John Swofford shot down that idea.
We're an all-in, revenue-equal conference. That's very basic to us. That's what works for us. ... I think going forward we will continue to consider equal revenue sharing and full membership or no membership (important) in our conference. I don't see that changing.
Should the Big East finally officially tell Notre Dame it's all or nothing? Wouldn't that run the Irish off to the ACC even faster?