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TheRoundUp 1/12: Whipple it, Whipple it good

On The Fly: Whipple A Safe Choice For UConn - Hartford Courant
It appears Mark Whipple is UConn's choice, or at least he has emerged as the likely candidate, to be the next football coach. It's a safe choice. He's had head coaching experience at the lower levels, and assistant coaching experience at the top echelon of college football and the NFL. He's not a retread; at 53, he is young enough to have a long career at UConn. He fits the template. Some may pan it as an unimaginative, less-than-dynamic choice.

Whipple, UConn close - Journal Inquirer
Multiple published and online reports say that former New Haven and University of Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple is the top candidate for the University of Connecticut head football coaching job and could be hired later this week, likely Thursday.

Arkansas Assistant Talks to UConn - NYTimes.com
The Arkansas offensive coordinator, Garrick McGee, has been interviewed by Connecticut officials about the Huskies’ head coaching position, Razorbacks officials confirmed to The Springdale Morning News.

UConn Defeats Rutgers; Oriakhi Has Double-Double, Walker Scores 18 - Courant.com
The Huskies were as efficient as they were energetic on offense, as intelligent as they were tough on defense, putting together an eight-minute stretch that coach Jim Calhoun referred to as "that explosion."

UConn's Seeing The Biggest Crowds On The Road - Hartford Courant
"The bigger games we've played recently … Notre Dame students were [on break], but Pittsburgh was standing room only and there was a sellout at Texas — people are coming to see us on the road," Calhoun said. "This team in particular, I think, needs the fans. Young teams need support."

Journal Inquirer > Sports > 750 in sight
A UConn victory would also make Auriemma the seventh women’s coach to reach the 750-win plateau. "He’s shocked that I’m able to function," Auriemma said of Boeheim after it was noted UConn (14-1 overall, 4-0 Big East) has two victories by single-figure margins this season, or one more than it did in 78 straight wins over the previous two years.