Geno Auriemma suggests lowering rims for women’s basketball

Nickalas Tabbert

UConn coach Geno Auriemma thinks lowering the rim of women's basketball hoops may help its popularity.

Auriemma told the Hartford Courant that some fans don't want to watch women's basketball because "some of the players can't shoot and they miss layups that forces the game to slow down." His recommendation is to lower the rim from 10 feet.

"Do you think the average fan knows the net is lower in women's volleyball than men's volleyball? It's about seven inches shorter, so the women have the chance for the same kind of success at the net [as the men]," he said.

The man who has coached UConn to seven national titles said he would favor lowering the rim by less than a foot. He even suggested lowering it by 7.2 inches to honor Title IX, which was instituted in 1972.

"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," Auriemma said.

Auriemma also suggested selecting cities to annually host the women's basketball regionals and Final Four. He told the Courant he would like to see Final Four games take place Friday and Sunday instead of Sunday and Tuesday.

"The system is not working, and when something isn't working, you should work to make changes," he said. "If the changes don't work, well at least you tried. It's a lot better than just complaining about everything all the time."