Bird Watching

Geno Auriemma jokes there’s ‘less than zero’ chance he’ll watch Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi’s NCAA championship show

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

  • Geno Auriemma does not intend to see his former players, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, co-host a show.

  • The UConn coach joked that he “really, really [has] no interest in hearing what they have to say.”

  • “The odds of me watching it are less than zero,” he said with a smile at Friday’s post-match press conference.

MINNEAPOLIS — UConn legends-turned-WNBA superstars Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi offered March Madness commentary — and a few crude jokes — on ESPN’s “The Bird & Taurasi Show” during the Final Four games of Friday night.

And while fans at home loved the duo’s banter, their legendary varsity coach – who was busy pacing as his Huskies knocked out defending champion Stanford Cardinal – was quick to dismiss any idea he might be watching. a replay.

Genon Auriemme.

Auriemme.Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

“I didn’t tap it, and the odds of me watching it are less than zero,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma joked after his team’s win Friday night. “When you’ve been with those two for as long as I have, I really, really have no interest in hearing what they have to say.”

“On any subject,” he added. “Specially me.”

Bird and Taurasi – who won a national championship together in 2002 – offered real-time analysis of Friday’s two contests. They also invited a handful of guests to the show. Kevin Garnett, Caitlin Clark, Kelsey Plum, Holly Rowe, Angel McCoughtry and A’ja Wilson joined the five-time Olympic gold medalists in the South Carolina-Louisville game, then Steph Curry, Bill Walton, Breanna Stewart, Nneka Ogwumike, Adia Barnes and Jennifer Azzi made appearances during UConn-Stanford.

Sue Bird (left) and Diana Taurasi co-host an NCAA championship broadcast for ESPN.

Sue Bird (left) and Diana Taurasi co-host an NCAA championship broadcast for ESPN.“ESPN’s The Bird & Taurasi Show presented by AT&T 5G”

All the while, the duo sipped red solo cups and joked around with each other and their star-studded guest list. And while it’s unclear if Auriemma knew the show had taken place before the question was asked during his post-match press conference, the 11-time national champion was fairly specific in his estimate of the televised spectacle.

“I’m sure they were funny as hell,” he said with a smirk. “And I’m sure the iced tea they were drinking didn’t come from the store.”

“The Bird & Taurasi Show” will return to ESPN2 for Sunday’s title game between the Huskies and Gamecocks at 8 p.m. ET. You can check out the clip of Auriemma’s response below:

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