Hitting the Links, 4/21

Ronald Martinez

Yes, we're starting a link dump. Yes, we will use National Championship related pictures for the indefinite future.

Baseball

Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant: Olt, Springer Put UConn in Baseball Spotlight

"We're a small baseball school, nobody really knew about us," Olt said. "What [Penders], that whole coaching staff, did to make it a big program says a lot about them. We wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for everything we did at UConn."

Football

CT Post's Chris Elsberry: Auriemma says it's time for UConn fans to embrace football

"Well, I think it's a two-way street. I don't think you can sit at home and go, `Well, if they go 9-2, I'll go watch them play.' I think we have to show the rest of the country that we have a great fan base and then when we get to be really good, it's going to blow up. But it can't be, `Let's wait until we're really good and then we'll blow it up,' it can't happen like that. That's not how it happened for basketball"

Chris Elsberry: UConn shows signs of improvement in Spring Game

Diaco: ""We slathered on another coat of paint. We're nowhere near what the final product will look like, but we have another coat of paint on for sure."

Chris Elsberry: Better screenings, diet help UConn football players get fit

From pizza slices to egg whites. From Chicken Alfredo to strawberry smoothies. And the results? Well, you have to see it to believe it.

Men's Basketball

Hartford Courant: Former UConn Star Vin Yokabaskas Passes Away

He was the first UConn player to score 1,000 points in his varsity career, which spanned from 1949 to 52, finishing with 1,275. As a sophomore, he scored 450 points, breaking the school record held at that time by Walt Dropo. In 2006, Yokabaskas was among the first group to be inducted into the Huskies of Honor at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, and his No. 22 jersey was retired in 2007. He was a three-time all-New England selection, and a member of UConn's all-century team.

Youtube: The Road to Dallas

A friend of the blog, Thomas Chandler, created this gem. You should really follow him on Twitter (@tcf_15) as he has some very exciting plans for the the offseason. This was 16 minutes very well spent, make sure you have Kleenex handy.


Hartford Courant: Boatright Honored as Hometown Hero

Boatright, who is now a junior at UConn, scored 2,289 points for East Aurora High School, including a 63-point performance that broke the school's 41-year-old single game scoring record. He was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2011 - the only Aurora student to ever win the honor.

The Beacon News: Ryan Boatright 'facing a big decision'

"I've gotta talk to my mother and my family tomorrow. It's a big decision. I just want to make the right one. I've got ‘til the 27th (of April to declare for the NBA draft). That's the last day. That's another reason I came home, to talk to my family about it."

CT Post: UConn Early Entries: how have they fared

UConn juniors Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels have yet to declare for the NBA draft -- the deadline to declare is April 27 -- but here's a look at the 15 Huskies who decided to leave college early under former coach Jim Calhoun and how they fared

NBC Connecticut: Daniel Hamilton Wants DeAndre Daniels To Stay

"We'll be that much better, because he's a force. A lot of power forwards can't guard him at that position, because he can put it on the floor and he can shoot, so it's hard to guard him."

Womens Basketball

CT Post: UConn Women Net 6-foot-1 Forward for 2015

From a tour of the Storrs campus to the time spent with the players and the coaching staff, it just felt right to Collier, a 6-foot-1 forward from St. Louis. It felt so right that she verbally committed to Huskies' coachGeno Auriemma Sunday morning.

Dolson, Hartley Get High Praise from New Coach

"Their personalities fit with what we are trying to rebuild here in Washington," Thibault said. "They are high energy, upbeat people. Stefanie's personality may be more out-going than Bria's, but they understand the big picture and bring energy into a locker room."

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