So it's about an hour before tipoff as the UC women's team gets ready to face another BIG EAST foe in St. John's a very good 13-2 and 1-1 already in conference. But there's still a lot of buzz from the team's last BIG EAST game, a homecoming of sorts for UC women's basketball coach Jamelle Elliott back at UConn.
If you didn't have the chance to read the story from the Hartford Courant, here's the link: http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-women/hc-ucwomen0108.artjan08,0,7785229.story
The point being, she was greeted warmly back to UConn. Heck, even the governor of the state showed up, and, word is, she's not necessarily a big basketball fan (wouldn't make that widely known among voters in the Nutmeg State).
But that's the way UConn treats its former players. Even when they go off to coach another team, they are welcomed back with open arms. Because the fans there know what these young women meant to the program, and they are appreciative of the work they did to build UConn into the powerhouse it's become.
Especially for players like Jamelle who came to Storrs on the faith and promise that the program would be better, that the team could win games and that the school could take home championships. It's a lot easier to go to a school that has the hardware that UConn has now, than it was to go there when the trophy cupboard was bare.
So, the point is, it takes time to build a franchise and time to build a legacy. Jamelle's put her time in to build the UConn legacy, now it's time to build UC's.