Coaches are competitive as hell, and that moment immediately after a tough game is often not the time a coach feels like being warm and fuzzy. Some coaches have a personality that can quickly shift into being friendly and gracious (Brey and Izzo come to mind), but many don't, and that generally includes Muffet.
On the drive by hand shakes it could just as easily be - see you in an hour for dinner, as being 'cold'.
We have threads on the BY about hand shakes and reading meaning into them and it always strikes me as a lot of noise about nothing. Only very occasionally do you get some sort of confrontation or obviously angry moment, or alternatively a drawn out very friendly exchange - everything else is just idle speculation by fans with too much time on our hands! :-)
As for last night, I suspect McGraw had a lot on her mind re her player's health and anything read into a handshake is particularly meaningless.
What I disagree with is when anyone holds Geno out as an example of good sportsmanship in the post-game handshakes. He did some drive-by handshakes with Muffet after losses just like the Purdue coach did last night.
seems to be symptomatic of our short attention spans, like getting news by tweets or sound bytes—very little information without much serious context. It's interesting, however, that Muffet has repeatedly said the women should establish an "old boys network" like men, helping each other out.
It just didn't include the "Philly coaches" like McGraw, Auriemma, Foster, etc.
It was kind of built out of the Summitt tree.
Since coach McGuff was an assistant under coach McGraw I think they will have more to say to each other.
It would be interesting to look at whether or not there is more movement between schools within the assistant coaching ranks of the men's teams vs. the women's teams. When you work with a lot of different head coaches and assistant coaches you are more likely to develop personal relationships with them and the coaching fraternity becomes more of a bond between them.
From outward appearances it seems like this is less developed in the women's game. A lot of former players seem to come back to their alma mater and work for the mentor and then take over the reins when they retire. I don't have any numbers to support this so it is just speculation.
McGuff (former assistant), tOSU
Washington (player, former assistant), PSU
Tsipis (former assistant), Wisconsin
Fennelly (former assistant), ISU
Cardoza (former assistant), Temple
Elliot (player, former assistant), Cincinnati
Rizzotti (player), Hartford
Turner-Thorne (player), ASU
Daugherty (former assistant), WSU
Goodenbour (player), U. San Francisco
Steding (player), Boston U.
McGraw (former assistant), ND
Auriemma (former assistant), UConn
Black (player, former assistant), Eastern Illinois (I saw her play in the WNBA, and she was just 5'2")
Griffin (player, former assistant), St. Joe's
Gaitley (former assistant), Fordham
Adams-Birch (player), Wichita St.
Albright (former graduate assistant), Nevada (just retired)
Elderkin (former graduate assistant), App. St.
Fargas (player, former assistant), LSU
Harper (player), Missouri St.
Hatchell (former Graduate assistant), UNC
Mitchell (former graduate assistant), Kentucky
Heidi VanDerveer (former graduate assistant), UC San Diego
Warlick (former assistant), Tennessee
Geno is gracious with the post-game handshake when he wins, which, of course, is almost all of the time. I seem to remember some drive-by handshakes however with Muffet when we were beating them.
gracious & sympathetic winner but poor loser