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UConn Men Face Tough Test At Notre Dame - Hartford Courant
Calhoun hasn't been particularly pleased with the Huskies' play the past two games, and he's a little discouraged by their development in practice, too. Playing at Notre Dame, there is little margin for error. The Fighting Irish start five seniors and thrive on disciplined ball movement and perimeter shooting.

The Day - Huskies are in the zone | News from southeastern Connecticut
Coach Jim Calhoun considers playing zone for any extended time a sign of weakness. He's all about taking personal responsibility, and gritty man-to-man defense fits his personality. So that's why it was so surprising to see UConn switch to zone for about the last 15 minutes of Friday's overtime win over South Florida.

The Poll Attacks -
The thing I like best about Lindsey's ballot is that he has UConn at No. 7. Any lower is wrong. I mention that because the coaches have UConn ninth, which isn't a big difference but still wrong because the only one-loss team that can reasonably be ranked ahead of UConn (at this point) is the one-loss team that just beat UConn, i.e., Pittsburgh. If you want to rank all the undefeated teams (except for Cincinnati and UCF) ahead of UConn, I'm OK with it. I have Duke (13-0), Ohio State (14-0), Kansas (13-0), Syracuse (15-0) and San Diego State (15-0) ranked ahead of UConn, and Pittsburgh (13-1), too. But do those who dropped the Huskies drastically after last week's loss at Pittsburgh realize that UConn (11-1) is the nation's only one-loss team whose lone loss came on the road to a team currently ranked in the top 10? And do they realize UConn is one of just two one-loss teams with two wins over teams currently ranked in the top 20? The the other is, of course, Pittsburgh.

The Day - A lot of little things added up to Edsall's departure from UConn | News from southeastern Connecticut
I believe most of the reasons he left Connecticut to coach Maryland centered around a burgeoning lack of respect for the way athletic director Jeff Hathaway did his job. Edsall perceived a baffling lack of support from his boss.

UConn Football Notebook: Praise For Edsall - Hartford Courant
Auriemma and Calhoun both said they had conversations with Edsall about his concern over tighter admission standards that UConn will implement. "He was concerned I think that down the road it was going to get much more difficult," Auriemma said. "I think he, obviously, like anybody else, was concerned when you're trying to bring in 25 kids a year in recruiting. Recruiting is such a huge part of what we do. … I don't know if it's all happened or hasn't happened. I don't know but he did say this is going to be a factor down the road."

Giants' Gilbride may interview for UConn job
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride reportedly is one of several candidates to fill the vacant head coaching job at the University of Connecticut (where former Browns coach Eric Mangini reportedly also is a candidate).

UConn Women’s Run at No. 1 Is Over -
Their nearly three-year hold on the top ranking in the Associated Press poll ended when they were overtaken by Baylor and dropped to No. 2.