Geno Auriemma: lower the women's hoops
It's not often that you change the fundamental nature of a sport.
But UCONN head women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says it's time to change the women's game.
Auriemma has proposed the rims be lowered.
He believes the lack of offensive efficiency is one of the reasons women's basketball isn't growing.
"What makes fans not want to watch women's basketball is that some of the players can't shoot and they miss layups that forces the game to slow down," Auriemma said, according to the Hartford Courant.
How does the six-time Naismith Coach of the Year winner propose we fix that?
"Lower the rim (from 10 feet). Do you think the average fan knows that the net is lower in women's volleyball than men's volleyball? It's about seven inches shorter, so the woman have the chance for the same kind of success at the net (as the men)."
Auriemma says he would favor lowering the rim less than a foot.
"Let's say the average men's player is 6 foot 5 and the average woman is 5 foot 11," Auriemma told the Courant. "Let's lower the rim seven inches; let's say 7.2 inches to honor Title IX (instituted in 1972). If you lower it, the average fan likely wouldn't even notice."
"Now there would be fewer missed layups because the players are actually at the rim (when they shoot). Shooting percentages go up. There would be more tip-ins."
"The system is not working and when something isn't working, you should work to make changes," Auriemma told the Courant. "If the changes don't work, well at least you tried. It's a lot better than just complaining about everything all the time."