Did Geno Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis constitute a recruiting violation? That’s what one college basketball program believes.
Auriemma was put into contact with Davis during the youngster’s run at Williamsport with her Taney Little League team. Davis has stated that her goal is to play point guard for UConn’s women’s team, so the Philadelphia 76ers thought it would be cool to put her in touch with the Huskies coach.
An intermediary put Auriemma in contact with Little League representatives, who put Davis on the phone with the coach.
“The conversation lasted like two minutes and we hung up,” Auriemma said via the Hartford Courant. “And then I was told a school turned us in for a recruiting violation because we are not allowed contact of July 1 before her junior year of high school. … That’s the world that we live in.”
UConn says Davis is not considered a prospective student athlete until high school. She is currently in eighth grade.
How ridiculous was this whole thing? And how much of a recruiting violation could it be if Davis has already publicly stated her dream is to play for UConn? If anything, a conversation with Auriemma might turn her off from the school. By the way, my money says Muffet McGraw made the call.