Sports Goggles

Archive for the ‘OTL’ Category

A Sunday, March Madness Recruiting Tale: Geno Auriemma and UConn – Pat Summit and the University of Tennessee

with 11 comments

patgeno.jpgESPN’s Bob Ley, in Sunday’s excellent Outside the Lines segment on women’s college basketball, illuminated the “feud” between University of Tennessee Women’s basketball head coach, Pat Summit, and the University of Connecticut’s head coach, Geno Auriemma. The rivalry that was reached nasty status this summer when UConn extended a contract to continue the annual regular season meeting between the two teams and Summit and Tennessee refused.

It is no secret that the coaches dislike each other. It is no secret that, as the Boston Globe‘s Jackie McMillan said today on the OTL segments, that Auriemma wishes that Summit would understand the entertainment, “grow the game” through a staged rivalry side of their jobs, while Summit wishes Auriemma would take the game and everything around it more seriously and, as McMillan said, “respect the game” more.

However, there is something more than just a difference of perspective that led Summit and the Volunteer program to refuse to sign an extension for the teams’ annual meetings. The obvious question is why, but when that question was put to Summit, she refused to answer. For his part, Auriemma said that it comes down to an intense dislike on Summit’s part: “Sometimes you wonder why” [somebody doesn’t like you]. “I don’t know. I like me.”

Read the rest of this entry »

This Morning on OTL: Why, Ms. Hill, Why!

with one comment

Just a tidbit (sorry, J) for today. On Outside the Lines this morning ESPN’s Jemele Hill was on a panel with Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Dr. Todd Boyd, professor at USC and Page 2 columnist.

The topic of discussion on OTL’s first segment? Why Michael Vick, of course.

I have to admit, I didn’t scramble to record the segment because I thought I’d hear the same old same old. Then Bob Ley mentioned Hill’s “Open Letter to Young Black Men” Page 2 column.

Now, I recognize that being the only black female columnist in the country make Hill a unique commodity. As a result, she is allowed latitude and leeway that other journalists might not be afforded. Her voice, because of that explosive combination of the “exotic other” of race and gender automatically allows her a platform on which to speak.

Should our society be so backward as to feel this way toward Hill? No.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by dwil

August 26, 2007 at 3:20 pm