As if you needed another reminder on the ludicrousness of NCAA rules, legendary UCONN basketball coach Geno Auriemma was tattled on for making a congratulatory phone call to the breakout star of the Little League World Series and Sports Illustrated cover girl Mo'ne Davis.
While Davis was a dominant force on the baseball diamond this month, Mo'ne has made it well known she is a basketball lover first and has dreams of playing for Auriemma's Huskies. Turns out someone from the Philadelphia 76ers organization had reached to an Auriemma acquaintance to try and facilitate a call hoping to do something nice for the eighth grader.
The Hartford Courant first posted about the story and Auriemma seems to find it all as ridiculous as everyone else but that one school who turned him int.
"The conversation lasted like two minutes and we hung up," Auriemma said. "And then I was told a school turned us in for a recruiting violation because we are not allowed contact of July 1 before her junior year of high school. ... That's the world that we live in."
Auriemma said the complaining school is under no obligation to publicly identify itself. He said he has never seen Davis play basketball nor knows anyone who has seen Davis play basketball.
In related news, Auriemma can no longer talk to his nieces and nephews at family barbecues.
On a positive note, most people who know anything about NCAA rules say what Auriemma did was not a violation. So this should all blow over and only that lone school will feel any guilt about anything.
>>Auriemma: School Objected To His Call To Little Leaguer Mo'ne Davis [Hartford Courant]