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No UConn Football Preseason Practice Opportunity For Fans This Year

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What’s goin’ on?

Players report for preseason practice Aug.1 with the first practice scheduled for Aug.2. First game is Aug.29 at home against BYU on ESPN at 7 p.m.

As you know the 2014 season will be the first under Bob Diaco, the new man charged with making the Huskies’ football program steady, consistent and competing for league titles.

Usually, there are preseason practices open to the public but not this year. There will be no opportunities for fans to see the team practice before the season opener this year.

.While Diaco will still be out and about at times during the month mingling with fans and boosting support in UConn football, I’m hearing he really wants the focus in camp. And he’s got to get to know the team, too. It’s only a matter of weeks now before all he and his staff have done and are trying to do is on display for all to see.

There will be media sessions and we’ll do our best here to bring you the best of whatever that day has to offer and then some. The first two  media availability sessions are Aug.2 and Aug.6.



Holy Cross Coming To Town In 2017, Huskies Come Back To Town Next Week In Prep For 2014

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What’s goin’ on?

Here’s the release from UConn on Holy Cross coming to Rentschler Field in 2017.

Holy Cross, a member of the Patriot League and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) began offering scholarships to freshmen last year and by the ’17 season will offer a full array of them to where games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), such as UConn, will count in the overall record for bowl eligibility. That game is scheduled for Sept.9, 2017. The Crusaders own a 19-8-1 record against the Huskies dating back to 1916 but the teams haven’t played since 1985. UConn won that one 22-2 at Memorial Stadium.

OK, save for a few Huskies doing summer internships, the team has been away but will be back in full force for summer conditioning on Monday at which time they’ll spend time working with strength and conditioning coordinator Matt Balis and his team. We’ll point out again  Balis and crew have done an excellent job already in building the players’ bodies for battle. The Huskies will do their own football-related stuff, too, with no coaches involved, 7-on7-7s, individual drills etc. (Note: freshmen report early July. All players report for preseason practice Aug.1. First practice for 2014 is Aug.2).

New UConn coach Bob Diaco has some expectations for the team in its return next week of course. There are some new rules for summer that will be beneficial. as well. Here are some recent thoughts from Diaco on both topics. Continue reading

Help The Cause: S4 Epilepsy Walk June 7

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What’s goin’ on?

Check this out folks, from our friend John Benish

Good afternoon all,

Please take some time to check out all the information regarding this year’s S4 Epilepsy Walk, Dinner and Silent Auction on June 7th in Southbury, CT.

f you cannot make the walk,  I have raffle tickets for sale!

Just $10 gets you a spot in the S4 Ball Drop

Here are the basics:

  • Three holes are dug in the infield at Ballantine Park on the day of the S4 Walk
  • Baseballs with raffle ticket numbers are dropped from crane above
  • When your ball lands in a hole – You win! Actually, you win either way as your contribution goes to a great cause:

Prizes include (1) 50” Flat Screen TV, (1) $500 American Express Gift Card and (1) Apple IPad and more


Contact me for tickets!  Out of town folks can email me to set up payment arrangements.

Please feel free to pass along to friends and family – Thank you!


John Benish

Supervisor, Production Planning

Hologic – Breast Health Division

36 Apple Ridge Road

Danbury, CT 06810

O: 203-731-8471




UConn Football: Talking Offense With ‘O’ Coordinator Mike Cummings

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If you saw the Blue-White Scrimmage Saturday then you know the defense dominated the offense .

What’s goin’ on?

The quarterbacks, four of them combined to complete 38 of 62 for 363 yards and a touchdown with most of the work being done by senior Chandler Whitmer (19 of 26, 163 yards and a touchdown). The QBs were sacked three times. Max DeLorenzo rushed for 51 yards on seven carries, a pretty good effort and Lyle McCombs added another 32 on 10 carries.

The receivers, led by Noel Thomas (4×55) and Kamal Abrams (4×51, 1 TD) were outstanding although there weren’t any real looks to them deep or on any other route really outside of hits across the middle.

“You didn’t think you were going to see everything in the spring game did you?,” Byron Jones said afterward.

Good point but not for nothing those short or intermediate-range passes have been awfully productive play in college football by the receiver and/or tight end, especially if they can make a guy or two miss in space. If not? well…  .

The offensive line showed it still needed work in both the passing and running game and UConn Coach Bob Diaco didn’t hide from it after the game calling the unit “still a work in progress.

Anyway, offensive coordinator Mike Cummings , a pretty cool guy, is confident the unit can and will be productive in the end. Continue reading

Diaco Expects Undivided Focus At UConn Practice

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What’s goin on?

Oh, the UConn men won the national championship Monday night and the women go for it tonight – that’s all. Congratulations UConn fans. Enjoy this time.

UConn football wraps up spring practice with the spring game Saturday (3 p.m.) Rentshcler Field. The Huskies had a practice yesterday and Wednesday will go through a final prep for the game,


UConn Football: “Dog House Party” Set To Jump Off For Students Wednesday

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What’s goin on?

The Huskies are having a night practice tomorrow set to begin at 8 p.m. on campus. And as part of a promise new UConn coach Bob Diaco made to the students, the practice, which they can come in and see the final 30 minutes (9:45 p.m.) will feature a scrimmage and pizza party afterward in which the students and coaches will kick it around for a little bit.

Talk about getting connected?

UConn sent out an email to students on the event and over 600 of them RSVPd



UConn Football: Offensive Line Update, Gus Cruz, Too

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What’s goin on?

If the UConn football team is going to improve and obviously it must - the offensive line is certainly going to have to get back to the days of ground and pound and they’re going to have to protect the quarterback, too.

No secret there, right? It has to be done though and UConn hasn’t done a good job in either department consistently since 2010.

Now, if Saturday’s open practice was any indication the Huskies’ aim at being a formidable offensive unit that grinds and protects was legitimate but the execution on game day, really, is what counts. The experience up front, too, we know, is at a minimum but offensive line coach Mike Foley sure was dealing with all of that during the open with up close and personals with each lineman during instruction.

Foley is a great teacher…

“Let’s go! No walking!,” he yelled at one point as the line headed over to the padded walls for a drill that would see three of them at time, line up next to each other get a good a solid base and with their heads and necks locked and looking forward, with their palms out, three-quick pats on the wall, accompanied with three quick sliding movements in unison to the right, boom, boom, boom, then, to the left, boom, boom, boom.

Next group in… Continue reading