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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Geno Auriemma: Women don't need to oppose men



University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and Maya Moore, his former star player and the No. 1 pick in the recent WNBA draft, stopped by ESPN's Bristol, Conn., campus Tuesday to make the rounds as ESPN launched its new espnW.com initiative, which is dedicated to serve, inform and inspire female athletes and fans.

Content featured on the site aims to:

• shine a spotlight on women's sports, and offer broader coverage;

• provide a unique take and added perspective on the mainstream sports stories;

• offer training information for the active, competitive woman.

Page 2 caught up with Auriemma and Moore for a few minutes to ask a couple of questions:

Page 2: What will the sports landscape be like in 10 to 20 years for women?

Auriemma: "It's probably something no one has thought of yet. In a sense, if you asked an NBA fan in 1971, what would the NBA be like, it's not likely you'd say they'd have 6-foot-8 point guards. Can you really envison that happening? How much bigger can you really get? Things are going to happen in women's sports that we can't even foresee. But I don't believe we're going to see men competing against women. I know people want to see that. Unless it's golf or some aspect of physical fitness that is not an issue, that is never going to be the case."

Moore: "The aspect of guys playing girls is only one aspect of sports. People always talk about the physicality. Why would we want to mix it up? I know people want to see it happen. But we're made differently. The world-class male athletes are always going to have an advantage."