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Oh, no, they didn't! Tattle-tale Tennessee reports UConn recruiting violation

In the latest escalation of the Pat Summitt-Geno Auriemma War, Tennessee recently reported UConn for an alleged recruiting violation -- arranging a tour of ESPN's studios in Bristol for star freshman Maya Moore  back when she was a recruit who was heavily prized by both schools.

ESPN, obviously keen to avoid "becoming the story" again in the future, says that "to avoid future incidents, our tour policy will now prohibit high school athletes from receiving tours at the request of a college or university athletic official."

But the bigger story here, in my mind, is the Summitt-Auriemma angle. It has become increasingly clear that these two really don't like each other. In fact, here is some exclusive footage of Pat and Geno going at it before a recent ballgame:

Correction: I'm told those are the Oral Roberts and IUPUI mascots. My bad. But if Connecticut and Tennessee meet in the Final Four, that's pretty much what it'll be like.

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Good for Pat! Raccoons have gotten word not to mess with her. Maybe Geno will figure that out, too. ;) If he or his program were breaking the rules, then they should be reported, no matter who does it.

If he or his program were breaking the rules, then they should be reported, no matter who does it.

I agree, of course. (That said, Tennessee better dot all its I's and cross all its T's in recruiting now, cuz you know UConn will be looking for any opportunity to return the favor.) I just couldn't resist the opportunity to have fun with the Pat-and-Geno angle. :)

The SEC, at the request of UT, had earlier filed a complaint that Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird had given Moore a lift to an awards dinner back in 2006. Trouble was, they were in Moscow playing for their Russian pro team at the time.

The irony of the SEC complaining of recruiting violations has apparently been lost on everyone in Tennessee.

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