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    USA Today hands out grades for every team

    Based on expectation going into season and where arrow is pointing "B" is a fair grade. We were coming off a 2 win season with concerns about our coach and heading into this year with a decent defense but with new QB and young offense with only one senior and seven sophomore starters...
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    Don Patterson Retiring

    Big shakeup on coaching staff is not needed as think some stability is needed as pretty sure the last three years there has been a different OC and offensive position coach which then time is spend on building relationships, adjusting to style and philosophy of coach. Defense while having a...
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    Let's talk punt returns

    While we often do not bring back returnable punts, think part of the issue is lack of serious rush on punts as we do not really come in hard, this allows coverage team to just run down field to cover and punter to take their time and get off a strong kick.
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    Season Retrospective

    Coaching: Overall improved, especially in focusing on winning games, lot less crazy talk. Defensive got good results and did much better on outside containment as that was an issue last year, still more pressure would be nice instead of bend and break all the time. Offense, Verducci had his...
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    UConn football team has a chance to rewrite a better ending to season (Fuller)

    I think we will see much better effort and result in the bowl game. After five rough years last weeks win and bowl eligibility was rightfully celebrated, however this set up this weeks bad loss as Temple game became anticlimactic as more than any other sport emotion and motivation are major...
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    Byron Jones event 4/12

    Nice story to tell for the coaches when they hit the recruiting trail on the upcoming spring visit period starting April 15th. With the draft pushed back to end of April the timetable fits nicely.
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    Huskies Will Have More Depth This Season (Des)

    Some more on O line from UCONN athletic site. Diaco seems happy with line development (probably due to Balis impact and further exorcising the GDL demons). Looks like Crozier locked in at center and four of five spots are nailed down. Also some great comments about Sean Marinan and Nick...
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    Uconn - 22nd toughest schedule in the country

    Not an easy schedule but do not think it is anywhere near 22nd. Anyway does not make a difference if 2nd hardest or 122nd hardest, just need to win more games as much more important where we rank in December not where our schedule ranks in March.
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    Spring Practice #7

    Good article from Silver. Looks like Shirreffs doing well and consensus from different reports is that he has the edge, Walsh is very much in the mix and have a feeling the incoming freshmen kicker has good shot of winning the kicking competition...
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    Phil Mushnick: What's your point?

    It is not a knock at UCONN but the NCAA. Mushnick has written articles about West Virginia and other schools and amount of travel and classes missed by student athletes due to travel. We had little or no choice as we were left at the altar when the music stopped. He feels like many of us...
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    UConn Revamping Roster With JUCO and Transfer Players (Triantafilidis)

    An occasional JUCO for position of dire need is OK like the new Juco QB but not sure if bringing in lot of JUCO guys who often are there because of grades is way to build if you want to be attractive to Big 10. If you look at Kansas State and UCONN profiles, our SAT scores are on average...
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    Join the Big East, Park FB in the MAC

    They would not take us as they want to have all conference schools all in on all sports. That is reason why UMASS left the MAC is that the conference told them they had to move all sports, specifically basketball to stay in conference.
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    Transfer coming?

    Think because played season and transferred for spring puts it into gray area as can be looked at as gaming the system by NCAA , if he went to community college all year than non issue and would be eligible this year. Either way great pick up.
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    2015 Spring Roster is up

    From looking at last year's roster on ESPN vs. spring roster looks like Balis did good job getting the team bigger. About 2/3rd's of the players are heavier and probably some who lost weight Fakusaki (9 lbs) and Shirreffs (17) were probably designed weight losses for quickness. If my count is...
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    2015 Spring Roster is up

    Looks like it was just updated last night or today as old weights were listed. Interesting about Walsh, seems like a good athlete and with Clax starting gives him a chance to get on the field and make an impact, think it is a good move.
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    What P5 conferences and teams recruit the most JUCO's

    Just like high school recruiting while we are in this conference we are not going to be in position to get top flight juco transfers who are p5 caliber, couple that with the APR concerns that school has as many juco kids are there due to grades and desire to be in big ten not sure if this route...
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    Graduate Transfer being 'blackballed'?

    I can not imagine any 5th year senior transfer continues to work out with old team or has access to any football facilities once they announce transfer. No longer on team so can not use the facility.
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    Spring Game, April 11, 3:00

    Hope there is a real spring game this year as have not had real one for couple of years and if you want to change season results you have to change lot of things and this should be one of them.While obviously not same as regular game, it is closest you will get as it does haves some elements...
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    2015 Spring Roster is up

    The weights have not been updated on spring roster. Wanted to see how much bigger the players got since last season and checked 5-6 starters weights on 2014 roster vs. 2015 spring roster and all were the same. Hope they post them before spring ball so we can who has developed size wise in off...
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    New OC Frank Verducci

    Sounds more like bringing in someone Diaco trusts and approach will be less a OC coming in with his brand of offense but rather more of coaching by committee to run the type of offense Diaco wants. Although in perfect world would love to see an some up and coming offensive genius come on...
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    New OC Frank Verducci

    I was thinking the same thing along with 4-5 guys coming and out after every play, sometimes well after the previous play ended. Made it hard to get any rhythm going regardless if running, passing or mixed. Hated when we ran wildcat which is a play that you run to catch teams off guard and we...
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    Who will be the next OC?

    It would not be a sacrifice of any practice, just shifting dates. Teams vary when they start it in March and it usually finishes in mid-late April. It is 15 practices usually over a 5 week period with three practices a week with the last practice being the Spring game. Not all are scheduled...
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    Who will be the next OC?

    According to reports, Diaco originally indicated they were going to start spring ball on March 7th, wonder if the delay in finding an OC they will look to push back date so new coach can establish play book and offense with other coaches. Looked at calendar and spring break is week of March...
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    Who will be the next OC?

    That will only be three weeks before spring ball and every day counts, would hope to see a much greater sense of urgency and have this nailed down early in week. Even if Quinn was the guy they were holding out for, would think they have a pool of candidates they interviewed and have a pecking...
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    National Signing Day Coverage

    How many are we short? Thought I saw somewhere that some existing walk-ons might get scholarships in one of articles few weeks ago. Maybe they also feel some of the preferred walk-ons have shot of earning scholarship by next year. In any event it is a question to be asked and it is really a...
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    New 2015 Commit - Dario Highsmith Jr (Ath) - Middletown HS CT

    Glad he chose us. Sounds like a great kid if Army and Yale want you in addition to us, as they value full package of athletic skills, grades and character. Hope he performs wells and ends out earning a scholarship in next year or two
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    2015 New Commit ~ Kirk Livingstone (DE) from Ft Lauderdale

    Not shocked on this one as UCONN was never his original choice as was UAB commit until they dropped football. Not the first time, USF has gone after our commits. Recruiting has changed in past coaches never recruited verbal commits from their conference as remembered just couple years ago was...
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    UConn's Bob Diaco Hopes To Expand Role Of Preferred Walk-Ons (Des)

    The in-state PWO is very good all around for many reasons and is great idea by Coach Diaco to pursue this route. Instead of having kids showing up as walk-ons just to have bodies to fill the roster you get kids with some talent, gives some depth, creates some competition, makes your scout team...
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    UConn Will Offer Enhanced Athletic Scholarships In Fall

    While there are many arguments against it as athletes who qualify financially receive Pell grants, kids receive about 200K in full ride scholarship, etc., but we have to do this if we want to stay relevant athletically for the long term, which as a flagship state university with a rising...
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    Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator. (Specialist IIA)

    The Tennessee OC and CMU head job probably threw a wrench in our plans as seems like the candidates for the three jobs overlap and come from the MAC coaching tree. Unfortunately pay wise figuring OC salary is similar to what Enos got at Arkansas, we are third most desirable spot after...
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    Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator. (Specialist IIA)

    Anything on the hire? Have all the media outlets stopped covering UCONN football as OC is a pretty significant hire for a football program and except for when it was announced there was been no follow up as to who might be interviewed, etc. Spring ball starts in about six weeks and that...
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    Balis and Winter Conditioning/Workouts

    Sure just like any other program they all had some type of assigned workouts over the winter break but imagine there is a much higher level of intensity with the strength and conditioning staff back on campus than working out on own or with friends at local gym. Actually would be concerned if...
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    2015 New Commit - Nolan Ulizio

    Not shocked about this as even before Michigan did not shutdown his recruiting like some of the other commits. My guess is the coaches had figured he was not coming over the past few weeks. Until we get to better conference or become a power in AAC, any commit especially those outside of our...
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    Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator. (Specialist IIA)

    Companies and government agencies have different policies on when you can hire when you post a position. Some you can hire anytime once it is posted, others you can not offer until after the posting expires which for this position is 11:59 tonight (according to original report) . Do not know...
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    2015 Recruiting Thread

    Now that the P5 has made their full cost of attendance announcement, if the UCONN plan is to compete at highest level in all revenue sports which I believe it is, then heading into last two weeks to signing day Warde can not sit back and monitor the situation as he did when Louisville beat us...
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