so I don't mind if Geno and UCONN beats her NC title record.
Over the next 3 years, I'd say UCONN has a great shot at beating Summit's NC title record. I don't see anyone else with enough talent to stop UCONN right now. The only thing that can are UCONN players themselves and injuries.
and I assume it was her, she ought to have the integrity to return last year's tournament championship trophy.
I realize they were undefeated last season, but if you're not going to accept the implicit agreement that the single-elimination tournament "decides" the number-one team in the country, you ought to decline to participate.
I've never been a huge fan of the single-elimination tournaments to decide "national champions," and even wrote columns 35 years ago in The Observer arguing in favor of a 24-team double-elimination men's NCAA basketball tournament.
But that ship has sailed for the men and the women. The tournament winner is the number-one team. Otherwise, nobody would give a crap (other than for gambling purposes, at least for the men).
If we aren't all willing to agree that the tournament winner gets to be called the number-one team in the country, we ought to be honest enough to admit that the NCAA tournament is just a bigger, colder version of the Junkanoo Jam or one of those other silly events.
For what it's worth, I think voting the rest of the poll after number one is and should be open to various approaches in terms of weighing regular season vs. post-season. I wouldn't have been offended if Mulkey voted Baylor #2 and Notre Dame #3. I wouldn't necessarily have agreed, but I think that can be an honest difference of opinion.
But voting Baylor #1 is bullshit.
The Irish accomplished a monumental feat in going undefeated in the Big East regular and postseasons. It really makes sense on the women's side to go double elim. as the gap between the top programs and the rest of the field is immense right now.
But, as you said, that possibility is long gone. It's intriguing to think about they Irish getting a second shot at UConn, though.
I should have checked who it was as I was surprised someone kept UConn short one vote so I disparaged Mulkey. So I found this time the original USA Today article and have it posted here. It turned out to be the Elon coach. I do think it ended up the right order with Baylor dropping to 4th.
It struck me completely in keeping with Mulkey's horrible response to the Louisville loss, which completely dishonored the accomplishment of the Louisville team, that she would vote Baylor #1.
Good for her for not doing so, I guess.
As for the Elon coach, she still needs to vote that implicit "agreement" for her number-one team. But at least she's just stupid, not biased.
At the same time? Such is my petty spite toward UConn.
But seriously, Baylor? A first place vote? For what? If any stray first place votes did not go to UConn ND deserved it. ND went 3-1 against the real champ and 5-1 vs the two finalists, and lasted much longer in the tournament.
Nor, for that matter, are McGraw or Auriemma.
The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2012-13 season: Joan Bonvicini, Seattle; Joanne Boyle, Virginia; Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Texas Southern; Matt Corkery, American; June Daugherty, Washington State; Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard; Brooks Donald-Williams, McNeese State; Jose Fernandez, South Florida; Ronny Fisher, Presbyterian; Beckie Francis, Oakland (Mich.); Stephanie Glance, Illinois State; Sue Guevara, Central Michigan; Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas; Rick Insell, Middle Tennessee; Jim Jabir, Dayton; Karen Kemp, East Tennessee State; Krista Kilburn-Stevesky, Hofstra; Andy Landers, Georgia; Kevin McMillan, Tennessee-Martin; Suzy Merchant, Michigan State; Faith Mimnaugh, Cal Poly; Sherri Murrell, Portland State; John Olenowski, Manhattan; Kathy Olivier, UNLV; Jennifer Rizzotti, Hartford; Eric Simpson, Loyola (Ill.); David Six, Hampton; Charlotte Smith, Elon; Ed Swanson, Sacred Heart; Paul Thomas, Saint Mary's; Joi Williams, Central Florida.