Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)
A young boy named Luigi Auriemma, who grew up in the tiny Italian village of Montella –“No phone, no TV, no radio, no heat, no electricity,” he recalls – sailed to America with his family in 1961.Since arriving at the University of Connecticut in 1985, Geno Auriemma has led the Huskies, who had previously had just one winning women’s basketball season, to six national championships.This season, they have won by an average of almost 33 points per game while extending the longest win streak in women’s basketball history. Reporter Mark Schwarz goes one-on-one with the coach, and the man, who leads the NCAA’s most powerful women’s basketball program.
“What I do is hard to do. We make it look easy, and that’s the only reason I ever contemplated even coaching a men’s team, just to prove to everybody that — you know what? You guys aren’t as smart as you think, that I could win games on any level.” – Geno Auriemma, on possibly coaching men’s basketball
“No. We’d ruin both programs (laughs). I’d go over there and screw that up, and somebody would come in here and screw this up. So why screw around with two programs (laughs)?” – Auriemma, on coaching the UConn men’s team when coach Jim Calhoun steps down
“I think if Coach K decides, ‘I only want to be the Olympic coach, and I need somebody to coach at Duke, and Geno you’re the guy,’ then (slapping his hand) I’m there in a minute (laughs).” – Auriemma, on what men’s program he’d consider coaching
Outside the Lines (Sunday,9 a.m., ESPN)
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m., ESPN)
The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap (Friday, April 2, 10 p.m. ESPN Radio)
Santa Anita Park, once home to thoroughbred legends like Seabiscuit, was transformed into an internment camp in 1942, when, in the midst of World War II, nearly 20,000 Japanese-Americans were held prisoner and deemed threats to American security. Tom Rinaldi chronicles the story of four internees, among those forced to live in the track’s stables, and their connection with jockey Corey Nakatani, the 2008 Santa Anita Derby winner.
“You were treated as if you are some kind of criminal, and yet you didn’t know what you had did that was so wrong.” — June Aochi Berk
“The barbed wires went all the way around, very high. The guard towers with the guns pointed inward. It was truly a concentration camp. It was not a place, as they told us, that they were keeping us there for our protection from the America public.” — Min Tonai
“My grandfather was here during the war, he was interned here. I believe it was one of the first stalls It was packed inside the stalls with a lot of Japanese, and it wasn’t something he was really comfortable talking about.” — Corey Nakatani
SportsCenter (Sunday, 11 p.m., ESPN Deportes)
Reportajes Especiales piece (ESPNDeportes.com)
Street Soccer USA, with active programs in 16 U.S. cities, is a program aimed at helping the homeless reinsert themselves into society through soccer. In conjunction with HELP USA, founder Lawrence Cann’s Street Soccer USA program calls for the homeless who sleep in shelters to start looking for a job at 7 a.m., and not return until 6 p.m., when soccer playing begins. The idea is that sport helps raise self-esteem and strengthen human relationships.
“The first time I saw Lawrence (Cann) I was walking around and I saw him walking out his office. I saw all the posters of soccer. I asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ ‘It’s a soccer tournament, would you like to participate?’ I said, ‘I never play soccer,’ and he said, ‘It’s all right, don’t worry,’” — Andrés Negrón, among the nearly 2,500 people living on the New York streets when originally interviewed, but has since found a job and no longer stays at a shelter