When is a phone call just a phone call?
A rival school allegedly ratted on Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma because he dialed up Little League World Series phenom Mo'ne Davis to congratulate her. So says the coach, who told local paper The Hartford Courant that the unidentified rival reported the brief conversation to the American Athletic Conference as a possible recruiting violation.
The thorny part is that Davis, while only 13, has made public her desire to play basketball someday for UConn, which has won nine national championships under Auriemma, including last season. She was even spotted wearing a UConn hoodie at a recent WNBA game.
ESPN noted in the video above that the NCAA would likely not pursue the complaint because it defines a prospective student-athlete as someone who has begun the ninth grade. Davis just entered the eighth grade.
Auriemma explained in the Courant that the call was originally supposed to be a message relayed by Little League's press office, but when he called she was in the room and was handed the phone.
"I have no idea if the kid is very good, kind of good, not good at all or a superstar or can even reach the basket," Auriemma told The Courant. "How is that a violation?"
A UConn athletics rep declined comment.
h/t For The Win