“See you next year.”
Those four words have never been ballsier than when they were uttered by University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball coach Geno Auriemma during the team’s visit to the White House on Tuesday.
As you likely already know, the UConn Women won their 10th national title last season. It was their fifth time winning it during President Barack Obama’s presidency, and their third consecutive title. Suffice to say, the streak has earned them some frequent flier cred with the most powerful man in world.
But after the team wrapped up its ceremonies, took its pictures, and was told by Obama that the players were “now certified to provide White House tours,” Auriemma showed off the swagger that three straight titles will instill in a man.
“See you next year,” he told the president, according to The Hartford Courant.
See you next year? That’s not just a guarantee, that’s a historic statement. No women’s college basketball team has ever won four consecutive titles. Not one. So when Auriemma slipped those four words in there like he was talking to his uncle at the annual family reunion, it shows just how pumped you need to be for basketball to start back up at UConn.
Geno Auriemma and the UConn Women’s basketball team are undoubtedly among the greatest sports dynasties of all time. They’ve made history left and right – most women’s college basketball championships (10), longest winning streak (90 games), and only team to win three straight titles on two separate occasions. I don’t know this for certain, but I’d bet that a fourth consecutive title is literally the only record Auriemma and his squad haven’t had at one point or another.
Is this going to be the year that changes? I think anyone who has ever rooted for UConn women’s basketball and witnessed their general dominance over the last two decades knows the answer to that question is pretty simple: Hell yes.