Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin took a shot at Louisville women’s coach Jeff Walz on a radio show Wednesday, continuing their Twitter beef that was launched during the NCAA tournament last month.
Walz and the top-seeded Cardinals reached their second straight Elite Eight last month before falling to No. 2 UConn 80-73. Just before that matchup, though, Walz called out Bevin on Twitter for not recognizing his program’s accomplishment.
Bevin, just hours before, had congratulated the Kentucky men’s team on Twitter for reaching the Elite Eight, but completely ignored the Louisville women for doing the same thing.
— Jeff Walz (@CoachJeffWalz) March 30, 2019
Bevin did end up congratulating the Cardinals on their accomplishment, and Walz clarified that he wasn’t attacking the governor, but rather trying to be helpful.
But on Wednesday, 10 days after the game, Bevin called out Walz on a WHAS-840 radio show and blamed him for the seven-point tournament loss because of the “silliness” behind his tweet.
"I feel bad saying this, but it's true,” Bevin said on the show, via the Louisville Courier-Journal. “If he'd been a little more focused on game strategy and coaching that weekend, and a little less on this kind of silliness, the better team would have won. We got outcoached, straight up."
Now, reaching the Final Four is no easy task — especially when you have to knock off UConn to do so. Geno Auriemma and the Huskies have built perhaps the best program in the history of the sport, and have reached every Final Four since the 2007-08 season. Even though they were not given a No. 1 seed in the tournament for the first time since 2006, the Huskies were definitely worthy of it. They lost just three times all year. One tweet isn’t going to alter that tough matchup one way or another.
Bevin, though, continued on the radio show. If Walz and his staff had been more focused on the game instead of tweeting at him, he said, they would have reached the Final Four.
"We were expected to beat Connecticut," Bevin claimed on the show, via the Courier-Journal. "We should have beat Connecticut. It's disappointing because our women's team in Louisville was phenomenal. And they've been, well, outcoached. ... I've tweeted about them every single year I've been governor.
"This kind of silly distraction was an unforced error on the coaching staff’s part that in hindsight they should be regretting. How many texts did you see from Geno at UConn? None."
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