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News Links, 9/30

UConn
On The Fly: Warde Manuel Says No Truth To Michigan Rumors, Courant

Football
UConn football notebook: Newsome a rare bright spot, Post
UConn’s Gifford, Marder to be sidelined, Register
UConn’s Mateas was once center of attention on soccer field, Register
Gifford, Marder Out ‘A While’; Melifonwu Should Be OK For Tulane, Courant
Pictures: Connecticut’s NFL Players In Action, Weeks 3, 4, Courant
Diaco Thanks Fans, Asks Them to Hang in There, NBC Connecticut

Men’s Hoops
Middlesex Chamber eager for Kevin Ollie to keynote member breakfast, Middletown Press
UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Geno Auriemma To Appear Together On Oct. 14
UConn hoop to hold court at Oakdale, Record Journal
Tate George Seeking Acquittal After One Year In Prison, Courant

Women’s Hoops
UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Geno Auriemma To Appear Together On Oct. 14
UConn hoop to hold court at Oakdale, Record Journal

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Bob Diaco AAC Teleconference

@MattSchonvisky

We will catch up more with head coach Bob Diaco during today’s Temple wrap-up call this afternoon. He did take a couple questions this morning during the AAC teleconference.

Intro on Temple: “Surrendered 16 uncontested points, we aren’t going to beat St. Mary’s High School with that and that’s about it.”

On where the team is currently: “The team’s improving in so many areas, but are continuing to be plagued by game changing, bad luck moments and the losing is detrimental to what we are trying to change with the culture here. We need to stomp out any deceleration with attitude and culture, which becomes harder and harder as you continue to lose. When you concede, 16 points, it’s hard. We drive down 8.5 minutes at will, throw a pick, the game is still different. The guy returns the ball 95 yards for a touchdown, it’s been week after week after week. Every time the ball seems to bounce, it’s bouncing in a way that is completely against our way.”

How to fix the culture: “You just be honest, show them love, respect and care and focus on getting better each day and that’s all you can do.”

 

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News Link, 9/29

Football
Deshon Foxx an option at quarterback for Huskies, Register
Huskies Having Trouble Getting Started, Courant
Report Card: Spreading The Blame, Courant
Huskies repeat same mistakes in dismal loss, Republican
Football: UConn Falls to Temple in 36-10 Loss, Daily Campus
Misery Index Week 5: Farewell to Weis, farewell to Jayhawks, USA Today

Men’s Hoops
UConn men’s basketball commit Jalen Adams his own man, Register

Women’s Hoops
Taurasi Leads U.S. Past Serbia In FIBA World Championship Opener, Courant

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News Links, 9/28/14

Football
Temple, Matakevich blast UConn 36-10, Post
Mistakes Continue To Plague UConn In Loss To Temple, Courant
Newsome Already Making His Presence Felt, Courant
The Wrap, Courant
Photos: UConn vs Temple, Courant
UConn football team throttled by Temple, Register
Temple brushes aside UConn 36-10, Day
With its offense inoffensive, UConn needs ‘D’ to keep it close, Republican
Temple’s big second half leads to 36-10 win over Connecticut, Philly Inquirer
Temple Notes: Defense puts points on the board again, Philly Inquirer
Temple’s botched kickoff return was the fail of the day, USA Today

Men’s Hoops
Lubin will provide ‘Rock’ presence, but also brings speed to UConn frontcourt, Post

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Huskies Looking for First Conference Win

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Today is Military Appreciation Day at Renstschler Field
Photo credit: THE BONEYARD BLOG

@MattSchonvisky

UConn (1-3, 0-1 AAC) returns to action this afternoon at The Rent to take on Temple (2-1, 0-0).

Chandler Whitmer looks to return the offense to the form seen against Boise State, following a dramatic decrease in productivity that saw him attempt only nine (9) passes a week ago.

The two minute drill, however, was effective down the stretch, as the Huskies marched 75 yards in four plays to narrow the deficit to 17-14, late in the fourth.

Whitmer stressed that the offense could benefit from changing up the tempo during Tuesday’s media availability.

“I think that’s something that we can do is change the tempo,” Whitmer said. “We can go slow or fast, but really I was prouder of the way we fought with the game on the line. WE needed something on offense and we took it into our hands to make plays for an opportunity to win at the end. That was good to see, I don’t know if it depends on going fast or slow, I know that we are capable of doing both.”

Getting the ball to play makers Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx will be a priority.

Going against a stout defense in Temple, will be a test. The Owls lead the nation in takeaways with fourteen (14), after having only three (3) a year ago. They also only allow 12.7 points per game.

The UConn defense will also have a test. Temple comes in averaging 40.0 points a game on offense.

Expect another close game, if history is any indication.

2013: UConn 28-21

2012: Temple 17-14 OT

2010: Temple 30-16

2008: UConn 12-9 OT

2007: UConn 22-17

PREDICTION: UConn 21 Temple 17

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News Links, 9/27/14

Football
UConn looks to solve a few problems vs. Temple, Post
Husky kickoff: Temple at UConn, Post
Rivalry Resumes: Temple Comes To Rent To Face UConn, Courant
Jefferson Ashiru, Marquise Vann have been UConn’s defensive foundation, Register
With its offense inoffensive, UConn needs ‘D’ to keep it close, Republican
The nitty gritty: Temple at UConn (with pick), Republican
Temple not fooled by its 2-1 record, Philly Inquirer

Men’s Hoops
DeAndre Daniels solid in Perth Wildcats debut after overcoming elbow injury, Perth Now
Jim Calhoun Documentary: The Reel Is Surreal, Courant
Calhoun talks about his documentary, ESPN contract, etc., Day
Cromwell: Chamber meeting features UConn coach, followed by energy forum at Crowne Plaza, Middletown Press

Women’s Hoops
Team USA ready to take on the world, ESPN

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Temple Emerging as New Rival (As heard on The Boneyard Roadshow)

@MattSchonvisky

UConn returns home tomorrow to face Temple, who is becoming more and more of a rival for the Huskies. A rivalry really can’t exist if you don’t play one another and the Huskies haven’t played who many think is their true rival, Boston College, since the 2004 loss in Chestnut Hill.

Rutgers has moved on to greener pastures in the Big Ten and Syracuse has been in the ACC for multiple years now, same for Pitt.

That leaves UCONN in a very precarious situation, without a true rival on the schedule, year after year.

For now and until the big boys at UCONN are able to move out of the AAC, Temple will have to do and it’s not as bad as some may think. These two have some history.

How about the 2007 battle at Rentschler Field?

Close, dramatic losses cause emotion and that was indeed the case after UCONN’s 22-17 win that year. Temple came back in 2008, ready to fight, launching a UCONN/Temple II campaign, coining the matchup as ‘Justice.’ Billboards were seen throughout Philadelphia marketing the rematch, a game that UCONN won 12-9 in overtime at The Lync, which sparked chants of ‘There’s your justice’ from the UCONN faithful that travelled to the City of Brotherly Love.

The teams took 2009 off, meeting again in 2010, the year UCONN made a run to the Fiesta Bowl. Temple was ready, winning 30-16 despite 196 yards on the ground from running back Jordan Todman. 2011 saw another break in the series, before Temple came to Rentschler and beat the Huskies 17-14 in overtime.

Last season, Temple looked to make it three straight and it looked early on like they would. UCONN, however, overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit to rally for a 28-21 win, their first of the season.

Tomorrow’s game is expected to be another battle. Temple has seemed to turn the corner in their hopes to becoming a reputable program. Averaging 40 points per game and giving up just under 13 on defense, as well as leading the nation in takeaways with 14, a solid Temple can only do good things for college football in the northeast.

For UCONN fans who have been with this program since day one, no matter how good the Owls are, a win over Temple, is still a must.

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The Boneyard Roadshow: Temple Preview

@MattSchonvisky

Segments:

1. Commentary – Is Temple the new rival?

2. Interview w/John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer

3. Chandler Whitmer & Bob Diaco recap USF, talk about the offense & preparation for Temple

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News Links, 9/26

Football
Husky kickoff: Temple at UConn, Post
Special Teams Standout Junior Lee A Rare UConn Bright Spot, Courant
Matakevich At Rent, But LB From Stratford Wears Temple Uniform, Courant
Junior Lee making special impact for UConn, Republican
The big comparison: Yale vs. UConn, Republican
Owls finishing strong, Philly.com
Temple Coach Matt Rhule Talks Owls vs UConn Huskies, BCSNN.com

Men’s Hoops
Sam Cassell Jr. Shows Off New UConn Jerseys, Courant
UConn’s Gampel Pavilion to get new lighting, Register
National champs will entertain Mack next month, The State

Women’s Hoops
UConn’s Gampel Pavilion to get new lighting, Register
Beach Volleyball: Pro tour stops in Stockton, Recordnet.com

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News Links, 9/25/14

Football
Passed over by UConn, Matakevich ‘found a home in Temple’, Post
Diaco Says OC Mike Cummings Still In Charge Of UConn Offense, Courant
Poor Offense At UConn, Courant

Men’s Hoops
Thabeet Signs Non-Guaranteed Contract With Pistons, Vavel

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