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The NCAA Tournament is over, but Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin still took a shot at the buzzer at Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz on Wednesday during a radio show.
Speaking on WHAS-840, Bevin said that Walz was “outcoached” during an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight loss to Connecticut and coach Geno Auriemma.
“I feel bad saying this, but it’s true. 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,” Bevin said. “We got outcoached, straight up.”
Walz took issue with Bevin when the governor recognized Kentucky’s men’s basketball Sweet 16 win but did not congratulate the women’s team for its Sweet 16 win against Oregon State the same night.
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The verbal dustup apparently has still not been put to bed. In fact, the beef between the two escalated with Bevin weighing in at-length during the radio show and squarely blaming Walz for the loss that kept Louisville out of the Final Four.
“We were expected to beat Connecticut,” Bevin said of the matchup between the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals and No. 2 seed UConn Huskies in Albany, New York. “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.”
He went on: “This kind of silly distraction was an unforced error on the coaching staffs part that in hindsight they should be regretting. How many texts did you see from Geno at UConn? None.”
Bevin added that he and Walz have never met, that he “wouldn’t honestly know if I ran into him,” and described the entire social media feud as “an odd thing.”