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Mo’ne Davis says ‘it’s sad’ UConn received a secondary violation after Geno Auriemma called her

Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis


Almost three weeks after captivating the nation with her pitching performance at the Little League World Series, 13-year-old pitcher Mo’ne Davis found herself at the center of a controversy.

During the Little League World Series, Davis made it known her dream is to play for the UConn women’s basketball team. Following the Little League World Series, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma sent the pitching phenom a congratulatory phone call only to have an unnamed school turn him in to the NCAA. On Thursday, the NCAA ruled that Auriemma’s phone call to the eighth grader was a secondary violation.

“I heard about that this morning, and it’s sad,” Davis said on Friday. “There wasn’t anything about recruiting in the call, he was just congratulating me.”

Auriemma made the phone call after contacting the university’s compliance office. Davis isn’t considered a recruitable student-athlete at this time. She is scheduled to enroll in college in the fall of 2019.

Davis, who stands 5-foot-4, became the first girl to throw a complete game shutout in the Little League World Series. The Philadelphia hurler became the youngest person ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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