HARTFORD – Good morning. Looking live at the XL Center court, with UConn and Memphis out shooting about 40 minutes before the start of the game. We set the scene.
Omar Calhoun was out on the floor shooting about 10:15 a.m., but he is not out there now, and is back in street clothes. So it looks as if his concussion symptoms have not cleared up enough for him to play today.
Same starting lineup for UConn: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, Amida Brimah, Lasan Kromah. Your officials: Roger Ayers, Duke Edsall, Lee Cassell.
There are about a dozen NBA scouts expected here today.
American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco met with reporters a little while ago. His purpose was to extol the league’s top five teams, which are all ranked in the AP Poll.
A few other issues addressed:
The AAC is prepared to do whatever the five so-called power conferences do with regard to paying a stipend or extending new benefits to student/athletes. “If you want to compete at a high level, you have to do it,” he said.
If new financial outlays are passed by the NCAA, the league’s schools would vote on whether they’d want to do it. Aresco said he is not certain whether the league will allow some teams to pay stipends if all teams do not agree to do it.
As for new Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn, who talked about getting out of the conference on the day he was introduced, Aresco said, “the comments were unfortunate.” Aresco said he has spoken to Cincy officials and “they will be a supportive member of the conference … I think you’ll see positive comments from Cincinnati.”
Much more on this coming soon.