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This week we deviate from our typical Rival Rundown in two ways. First, we’ll be covering a (women’s!) basketball rivalry, as the athletic calendar moves into a new season. Second, this rivalry–between the University of Connecticut and the University of Tennessee–has been canceled! Though lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the most intense rivalries in any sport this decade, in 2007, officials at Tennessee mysteriously elected not to renew their contract to schedule any further seasonal games against UConn. What makes this rivalry, apart from its shocking termination, unique? Read on to find out!
UConn: Public land-grant research institution in Storrs, CT with 17,000 undergraduates. Founded in 1881.
Tennessee: Public research institution in Knoxville, TN with 21,000 undergraduates. Founded in 1794.
1. Women’s Basketball Record
Three credits to: UConn
2. Coaching Caché
UConn: In Geno Auriemma’s 24-year tenure as head coach of the Lady Huskies, he has transformed the team, which formerly had but one winning season, to 6-time national champions with three perfect seasons and 32 Big East conference titles.
Tennessee: Pat Summitt has been honored for many achievements in her 30-year career, most notably as the all-time winningest basketball coach–of either men or women–in NCAA history.
Three credits to: Tennessee. All-time winningest > three perfect seasons.
3. Fun Facts
UConn: In 2004, UConn became the first and only college to win NCAA titles in both men’s and women’s basketball in the same year.
Tennessee: Nicknamed the Volunteers (or Vols for short), the UT mascot references the state namesake and its historical tradition for residents’ volunteering for service in major American wars.
Three credits to: UConn. Can your school top that?
4. Ass-Kicking Alumni
UConn: Meg Ryan (attended), Moby (attended), Rebecca Lobo
Tennessee: Al Gore, Peyton Manning, Pat Summitt
Three credits to: Tennessee. Can’t argue with this one!
5. Acceptance Rate Agony
Three credits to: UConn
And the diploma goes to: UConn squeaks by to win this rundown. Stay tuned through this season to see if these heated rivals will face one another in March Madness!