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First Preseason Practice Under Bob Diaco And New Staff Is A Wrap (Updated)

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And it was inside the Burton Family Football Complex due to inclement weather…

What’s goin on?

The first preseason practice under first year coach Bob Diaco is a wrap and it was much different from first day of spring practice…

“A lot of times, you’ll go to a full-speed drill and people are flopping around on the ground, flying around all over, banging into each other, knocking each other down, grabbing each other. That’s not how professionals do their work,” Diaco said after practice Saturday. “Then on the other side you might go to a walk and talk teach installation part and guys are kicking the ground or moving around, not focused or looking off into the distance or something. That wasn’t present today. It was Day 1 in spring.” Continue reading

American Announces Two Six-Team Divisions In 2015 Leading To First Conference Title Game

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What’s goin on?

Here’s the release from the conference on the two divisions and championship in 2015.

UConn is in a pretty tough division along with UCF, Cincinnati and East Carolina.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced that two divisions of six teams each will begin play in the 2015 football season, culminating in the first American Athletic Conference Championship Game.

 

The East-West format was approved unanimously by the conference’s chief executive officers at the league’s annual meetings.

 

“This is an exciting step in the continued development of our conference,” said Aresco. “With our performance on the field and the exposure we received from our media partners, I couldn’t be more satisfied with our first year of American Athletic Conference football. Creating this divisional format will allow us to build upon that success. Our fans will enjoy our divisional play and the championship game that will be established in 2015.

 

“The East-West format we have adopted gives each division a distinct identity, provides long-term competitive balance and protects traditional rivalries while allowing each school to travel across the conference’s geographical footprint on a regular basis.” Continue reading

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

No Surprise, Falcons Sign Smallwood, Two Huskies Reportedly Headed To Boston College

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What’s goin on?

No one is surprised the Falcons signed seventh round draft pick and former Husky Yawin Smallwood are they? The surprise is that he went so late. Here are the financial details of his four-year deal from USAToday. Also, it appears safety Ty-Meer Brown is heading to Boston College to play football, joining receiver Shakim Phillips who originally committed to the Eagles out of high school.

You’ll recall our last conversation with Ty-Meer centered around a spinal stenosis diagnosis and his future. UConn coach Bob Diaco told us Phillips had been dismissed from the team in April.

Brown and Phillips would be going to BC as college graduates so congrats to the fellas for that huge accomplishment. Can’t take the paper away… DC

UConn Football Practice Three: Notes And Quotes

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What’s goin on?

Trusting you’ve seen some of the videos from this morning’s practice.

There’s some good stuff in there including the Rodeo Drill which UConn Coach Bob Diaco invited the media onto the field to see up close. It was great and part of an extra 30 minutes we got to stick around and see the Huskies in their first day in full pads.

We certainly appreciated that.

A safe and fun spring break wish to all the players….

Let’s get to some of the news and notes of the day… Continue reading