I still recall Brenda Frese’s introductory press conference at Maryland, which was fairly run-of-the-mill for the sort of thing that it was.
The most curious part of it all was that one of the papers in the Twin Cities dispatched a reporter from its D.C. bureau to cover it and pepper Frese with questions about bolting Minnesota.
(Remember, this was in the halcyon days when a newspaper could call up its D.C. bureau and send them out to the burbs to talk to a women’s basketball coach who resurrected a program and then skedaddled after one season. Could that have only been seven years ago?)
Anyway, there were a few hard feelings at the time. But Minnesota went out and hired Boston College assistant Pam Borton and wound up in the Final Four two years later. The Golden Gophers have averaged 20 wins and reached six NCAA tournaments in the last seven years.
The point is, it worked out for Minnesota, and Frese obviously worked out for Maryland (the big honking trophy in the Comcast Center lobby the most obvious proof of that). But this history will get revisited at some point, because Minnesota will be coming to the CP in early December for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Other than the marquee games of North Carolina-Michigan State and Ohio State-Duke, it’s probably the most interesting matchup of the bunch announced today:
Wednesday, December 2
Georgia Tech at Penn State
Illinois at Wake Forest
Boston College at Iowa
Thursday, December 3
Michigan at Virginia Tech
Clemson at Northwestern
Minnesota at Maryland
North Carolina at Michigan State
Ohio State at Duke
Purdue at Virginia
Florida State at Indiana
Wisconsin at N.C. State