(WTNH)–The ConFLiCT is dead.
It passed away on Saturday afternoon, when Central Florida decided it cared so little for what UConn head coach Bob Diaco was trying to create between the two schools that it wouldn’t even pick up the makeshift trophy he created, leaving it to sit out in the rain as they coldly exited Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
After the game, Diaco was asked about the trophy, and the death of his rivalry, and he slowly started to lose it. (Check it out in the video above).
“I’m trying not to lose my composure,” Diaco said.
He then embarked on a eulogy that included some pretty interesting pieces of information. Diaco claimed that the idea came from American Athletic Conference meetings, where coaches were told to try and drum up some interest for games that most of the nation could give two craps about.
“I had detailed conversations. I noodled the idea with at least 12-14 people at one time,” Diaco said. “Then I doubled back and made the phone calls necessary. I had yes-es at every turn. And then I went ahead. Was it my idea? Yes. Did I then do the work to go activate it and make it a thing? Yes. Did I do it unilaterally? Absolutely not. Ridiculous.”
Diaco then claimed that the ConFLiCT was a success, if only because half of the nation was laughing at it for how ridiculous it was.
“Did it work? Unequivocally, you couldn’t possibly look at all the facts, based on all of the copy and conversation, and say it didn’t. You would have to have your head in the sand.
“The idea worked. And I pose this challenge–what matchup, even including the championship game, has been more widely covered than the ConFLiCT? What matchup? Bring it to my attention. I’m very interested.”
Not sure if tounge-in-cheek Deadspin coverage is the type of coverage you’re looking for, but I get his point.
He then played coroner and gave writers like me the info we had been dreading. The ConFLiCT is indeed dead.
“It’s obviously not going to be a topic–unfortunately–any more. Sad. I don’t know what the new topic’s going to be, I hope there’s a new topic.”
“Somebody come up with something. I might be a little jaded. I might not want to come up with anything anymore. With all of the flat-out haymakers I’ve taken over this for some reason, unbeknownst to me. Like, why?”
I, for one, do hope that Diaco does come up with something else, because the Civil ConFLiCT was priceless. It provided us here at SportzEdge with plenty of content, and myself with plenty of ill-controlled chuckles to myself even as I typed up this article at my desk.
Maybe we can have a Mild Misunderstanding with East Carolina? Or TeNaCiTy with Memphis?
You were a truly legendary rivalry. Just not for the reasons coach Diaco had hoped.