With UConn in Germany: Wrapping Up Day 2

by Categorized: Kevin Ollie, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE – Well, it’s 2:30 a.m. in Germany and I’m writing my last piece of the day.

It began at 9 a.m. with a chat with Newington’s Steven Chamble and his wife, Jessica, talking about their lives here in Germany with the Air Force.

Then came a walk through Hangar 5 and the amazing transformation taking place there, as it becomes the venue for tomorrow’s game.

The team came back from their hotel buzzing about the C-130 rides.

But it got down to business at the base’s recreation center. The players spent an hour teaching basketball to the children of soldiers stationed here. We sometimes forget the hardships, the chaotic lives of the spouses and children of our servicemen and women. There are a lot of young families with small children here, and those kids bring a joy to a place devoted to such serious business. And it’s great to watch Shabazz Napier work with kids. He is a natural.

Then Kevin Ollie took center stage, putting the Huskies through his paces. Met a couple of more airmen from Connecticut, Josh Russo of Danbury and Adam Rowland of Wolcott. You will enjoy reading about them here. … And we have lots of pictures and video.

We have a load of content up on our site. The main story is just a preview of Friday’s historic game here, Kevin Ollie’s debut. Read that here.

If you missed our special season preview section in the Thursday Courant, you can find all that content on our main sports page, here.

Here is our nuts-and-bolts look at the UConn-Michigan State matchup.

And if you’re up, I will be appearing on the FoxCT News at Ten, and again at 11 p.m. with Bob Rumbold.

So there you have Day Two in Germany. Friday is what we came for, the game, and I will be tweeting on all the activities of the day starting about 5 a.m. your time. We will have a live chat, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and I will drop in at 11 and stay until noon. But keep in mind, we’re overseas and connectivity is an issue. You may have to bear with us on that.

But do stay right here, and follow me on twitter, @AmoreCourant, and I will take you with me every step of the way. Talk to you Friday.

 

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One thought on “With UConn in Germany: Wrapping Up Day 2

  1. Publicus

    I read your longer story about Ollie and it only made me angrier about the seven month contract that has in essence hamstrung him (recruits don’t know if he’ll be here next year, etc.). I think it is ironic that Warde Manuel takes the position that no actual head coaching experience is his reason for not giving Ollie a real head coaching contract. I felt since the day he was hired that Manuel does not have any experience to warrant his hiring as AD of a big time division one athletic department. His only AD experience was at Buffalo, arguably the worst division one sports school in the country – a joke program. Do his years of losing records in major sports there warrant being made the AD at UConn? Herbst must have been drunk or smoking weed when she hired Manuel.

    Given his thin-ice experience, I think it is audacious for Manuel to disrespect Ollie and disrespect Calhoun,a hall of fame coach, and several iconic college and NBA coaches who all say Ollie has significant experience and deserves a long term contract.

    I think it would be more just to fire Manuel and bring in an AD who would be able to recognize Ollie’s worth and do a good job at an athletic program that should have a big time AD.

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