Is the UConn vs. Tennessee series possibly back on the table?

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UConn and Tennessee haven't played each other for years now, but minor discussions are underway that could revive one of the best rivalries in women's college basketball.

For so long, many fans, pundits and people with so much affinity for college basketball have clamored for one of the greatest rivalries to be renewed: Tennessee vs. UConn.

In an article by Dan Fleiser of the Knoxville News Sentinel, it was revealed that there have been some minor discussions about this possibility. But, according to Tennessee coach Holly Warlick, it seems that UConn coach Geno Auriemma has requested a certain parameter before it can come to fruition:

The going will require something more substantial than the casual conversation that took place last June when Auriemma visited Knoxville for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The series ended in acrimonious fashion after UT filed with the SEC office more than 30 pages of complaints regarding Connecticut's recruiting during a five-month period in 2006. Although the name was redacted in the documents, there was an apparent reference to then-top recruit Maya Moore's visit to ESPN. The network reported that Tennessee lodged a complaint over the private tour the Huskies women's basketball office helped arrange for Moore and her mother, Kathryn.

Warlick said on Monday that Auriemma indicated during their conversation last June that he wanted an apology first before resuming the series.

"I asked him if he wanted to play," Warlick said. "He said he would if I apologized to his fans, former players, Maya Moore, her mother. I'm not going to do that."

When asked Tuesday if an apology was a prerequisite, Auriemma said: "I want to make sure that we set the record straight. I think there were a lot of hard feelings for a lot of people when all that stuff happened. It is water under the bridge in some ways, you know. I think we're past it. But you also can't be ‘hey, don't worry about it.' "

What do you think? Do you think Tennessee should apologize in order for the series to be renewed?

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