TheRoundUp 2/14: UConn officially introduces Warde Manuel as AD

New UConn AD Warde Manuel "A Rock Star" - Courant.com
"Simply put, here's your lead: This guy's a rock star and UConn got him,' Herbst said of UConn's first African American AD. "Our priorities are his priorities — academics, compliance, philanthropy and needless to say we like to win. A great university can't settle for less than the best in all things, including athletics, and in Warde we got the best."

new uconn athletic director: Jeff Jacobs On New UConn AD Warde Manuel - Courant.com
There is much to like about Manuel and we mean that in the literal sense, too. He goes 6-5 and better than 300 pounds. Yet with every layer you pull away with the Manuel story, there is another layer that seems to gird him even better with the mission of overseeing a premier college athletic department. A department that needs some changes on the inside and some changes in the way people on the outside view it.

Manuel, UConn’s New Athletic Director, Faces Immediate Challenges - NYTimes.com
Manuel oversaw a tremendous turnaround at Buffalo, which had a lean athletic budget, a poor record of academic success among its athletes and a football program that was the punch line of jokes when he arrived on campus.

New AD: UConn not defined by academic issues – USATODAY.com
"UConn is home to 22 different sports played by hundreds of student athletes, consistently wins Big East and conference championships and consistently competes and wins national championships," he said. "A low APR from two years doesn't define a program, an athletic department or a university. It's a hurdle, not a mountain."

The Day - Let UConn play | News from southeastern Connecticut
If the goal is to force a program to take academic achievement more seriously, UConn is demonstrating it got the message. And the NCAA already punished the program with the loss of two scholarships this season. Coach Jim Calhoun, the person ultimately responsible, lost $187,500 in contract penalties. Future and more severe punishment for past crimes appears superfluous.

Powerful UConn women too much for Oklahoma | Tulsa World
There were two problems, actually, for the Sooners (16-8) - the way the game started, and the way the Sooners kept misfiring. "It's really, really hard to beat a good basketball team when you cannot hit shots," said OU coach Sherri Coale. "You have to hit shots, and we couldn't hit shots to beat them."

uconn women's basketball: uconn defeats oklahoma - Hartford Courant
The Huskies built a 17-point lead early in the first half, watched it dip to six, and then recovered to beat the Sooners, 73-55, before a crowd of 6,291 at Lloyd Noble Center.

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