I just read a Facebook posting from Coach Calipari at UK asking what a root canal and media day have in common. For coaches, probably a lot. Which brings us to the BIG EAST women's basketball media day in New York, where the UC Bearcats were picked to finish 15th. At least that's one place better than the prediction last year at this time.
Coach Jamelle Elliott knows that these media interview fests and polls are more for us (reporters) than they are for the teams, and took it all with a smile and a positive attitude. "We're excited about the year," Coach Elliott said, "with lots of new players. Our strength will be in our perimeter play."
This is Coach Elliott's second time through the head coaching circuit and she told the Hartford Courant basketball blogger that she sometimes took the losses personally last season. "My approach is different because I know what to expect now," Elliott told Paul Doyle. "The best thing about my second year is that I have my first year under my belt. I know kind of what to expect.
"I kind of know myself now. I know that I can't take on everything on my shoulders after every game and after practice, because if I do that I won't be in this game very long. I've got to learn how to control my emotions, learn how to put everything in perspective and realize, basically, I'm not at Connecticut anymore and I'm not going to win every game."
Ah, yes, Connecticut. As the media held a national championship coronation for UConn at media day, even Geno Auriemma said the Huskies are bound to lose. Sometime. Remember that UConn comes to UC this year for a BIG EAST battle. Hey, stranger things have happened. Especially in basketball.