UConn football beat reporter Alex Putterman joins Chris Brodeur to discuss an ugly yet satisfying win over URI, David Pindell’s solid performance at quarterback, the scary prospect of the Huskies visiting the noisy environs of the Carrier Dome, plumber-turned-punter Luke Magliozzi and more. The guys mix in some Twitter questions as well.
The Courant’s Alex Putterman, Mike Anthony and Chris Brodeur break down the UConn football team’s dismal showing in Boise before turning their attention to Randy Edsall’s recent comments about the state of the program. Then, former Huskies Ryan Krug and Brian Markowski — the honorary captains for Saturday’s matchup with URI— join the show to share their memories of being an NCAA upstart, blocking for Terry Caulley, huddling up with Dan Orlovsky and being shut out during the Bob Diaco era (15:00).
The Courant’s Alex Putterman and Chris Brodeur break down the UConn football team’s season-opening loss to UCF. There were bright spots for the Huskies (quarterback David Pindell, receiver Kyle Buss), but mostly there were troubling developments (the secondary still can’t cover anybody, the turnover battle went the wrong way). The guys also decipher an interesting metaphor from coach Randy Edsall and wrap the show by looking ahead at this weekend’s matchup with Boise State.
Columnist Mike Anthony and beat reporter Alex Putterman join Chris Brodeur to preview the 2018 UConn football season. The guys dissect the matchup with UCF, which is the Huskies’ toughest opener in years. After a breakdown of the roster and a big-picture look at the program’s progress, they wrap the show by taking some Twitter questions.
The Courant’s new UConn football beat reporter Alex Putterman makes his debut appearance on the UConn Insider podcast. The West Hartford native joins Chris Brodeur to discuss growing up at the crossroads of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry when it was at its apex, his UConn basketball fandom, studying journalism at Northwestern, his early impressions of Randy Edsall’s team and more.
The Courant’s Dom Amore and Chris Brodeur kick off the show by previewing the Jim Calhoun Celebrity Classic, the former UConn coach’s annual charity all-star game at Mohegan Sun. The guys discuss the history of the game and its importance to the Calhoun family, what the vibe will be like given the rift between the school and former coach Kevin Ollie, and where the Ollie contract dispute stands. Then, Rudy Gay joins Amore to talk about his memories of the 2006 UConn team, re-signing with the Spurs, similarities between Calhoun and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the Ollie situation, and the future of the NBA in the age of the superteam.
Former UConn men’s basketball star Charlie Villanueva called in to chat with the Courant’s Mike Anthony and Chris Brodeur about his involvement in the Calhoun Celebrity Classic, his NBA career, the lasting impact Jim Calhoun has on his players, his work as a spokesperson for people with alopecia, and, yes, the whereabouts of his toilet.
UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma joins Courant sports columnist Mike Anthony to discuss the offseason, catching up with former players, turning the page from last year, his expectations for the 2018-19 season, whether or not student-athletes should be paid, changes he’d like to see in the game and his coaching future.
In her UConn Insider podcast debut, the Courant’s new UConn women’s beat reporter Kelli Stacy joins Chris Brodeur to chat about her background as a student reporter at Oklahoma University (1:30); the genesis of her Minnesota Vikings fandom (4:00); her sportswriting influences (7:00); her rise at the OU Daily (8:30); what it’s really like to cover polarizing quarterback Baker Mayfield (11:30); her preparation for the rigors of the UConn women’s beat (16:00); her early impressions of Geno Auriemma (18:00); the passionate Sooner football fan base and how Husky fans stack up (20:00); the bold proclamation made by freshman Christyn Williams (22:00); and the season’s most intriguing storylines (24:30). The show wraps with Stacy’s pledge to bring unique and thorough coverage to her readers, which will include regular visits to the podcast (33:30).
The Courant’s Dom Amore and Chris Brodeur discuss the simmering legal feud between Kevin Ollie and his former employer, the UConn men’s basketball team. Where do the two sides go from here? Is a settlement still possible? Or, in the wake of damning allegations made public in recent weeks with the release of a 1,355-page NCAA document, are tensions too high to hope for that? The guys wrap the show with an early look at Dan Hurley’s coaching style and its impact on the Huskies.