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TheRoundUp 8/18: UConn sports is almost back

It's been a long, hot summer with no college sports but that finally ends tomorrow when the UConn women's soccer team takes the field against Northeastern at 7 p.m. at Morrone stadium for the first UConn sporting event of the year (radio  on WHUS if you're interested). It may not be the Year of HAM anymore, and I don't think I'm stepping out on too big of a ledge when I say that UConn almost surely won't match all of last year's achievements, but I'm excited to see what's in store.

What Will It Cost To Make Jeff Hathaway Walk Away From UConn? - Hartford Courant
UConn President Susan Herbst is said to already have made up her mind. And if there is ample ammunition in the 360 for "just cause" for dismissal, Article 9 of Hathaway's contract states that except for any compensation earned at the date of termination, the rights and obligations of the parties shall cease. That's where the $0.00 comes in. That's as far away from $3 million as you could get and that's why Hathaway, who deserves better than what might be in store for him, is said to be legally armed for battle. His base pay is $351,717. He gets an additional $159,882 for speaking and media fees for $511,599 of guaranteed money yearly. So when the contract rolls over for six years, that's where the $3 million comes in.

UConn players grateful for coach approach - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
The Huskies are just over two weeks from their first game under new leadership, but one thing is certain — they prefer the way Pasqualoni treats them.

UConn Defensive Line Built On Experience - Hartford Courant
Martin, Reyes, Joseph and Williams appear to be in real good shape and well-conditioned. They've been getting to the quarterback quite a bit in practice and limiting long runs from scrimmage. The front four was one of the bright spots in spring practice and continues to be in preseason camp.

Journal Inquirer - UConn football: Big play potential
After watching Williams’ exploits on kick returns and looking at the dearth of options at wide receiver this fall, UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni was quick to work Williams into the offensive scheme. After two weeks of fall camp, the force-feeding is having some results. Williams is becoming a major part of what the Huskies want to do on offense, going from an afterthought at wide receiver right into the rotation. At this point, with few established options at wide receiver, it’s hard to imagine Williams not being a part of the game plan.

TheDay.com - UConn taking a defensive stance
There are still plenty of questions on offense, including a four-man quarterback competition. Big plays, in fact, were few and far between during UConn football practice on Tuesday. The defense, however - with nine starters and 16 lettermen returning - has the potential to be a force.

UConn fullbacks ready to continue legacy - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Stepping into the fullback position this season are Mark Hinkley and Reuben Frank. "It’s a burden (and) there’s a lot of pressure, but I’m trying to learn the offense as best as possible. All he fullbacks are, really," Hinkley said. "I’m just putting in work. Anthony Sherman was a good player but we have to focus on what’s going on right now."

Former UConn Star Ray Allen Says Calhoun Is Rejuvenated, Ollie A Born Leader - Hartford Courant
Would Allen endorse Ollie as the next head coach? "When Coach decides to move on, I'd definitely like to see us stay in the family," Allen said. "Somebody who understands the history of not only the university and where we come from, but the players that have played there, the type of players that we have recruited, and just having a connection. Because I think that where we go in the future is directly connected to where we come from."

Full Count " Red Sox sign UConn first-rounder Matt Barnes for $1.5 million
That, in turn, meant that Barnes — whom the Sox took with the No. 19 overall pick out of UConn — was left to wait until the final day of the signing period for 2011 draftees before reaching an agreement with Boston. Nonetheless, Barnes and the Sox did get an agreement done prior to the midnight deadline on Monday. The pitcher, according to Keith Law of ESPN, received a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Now it's Hayes' turn to make her mark at UConn - GreenwichTime
The time has come for her to assert herself just as her predecessors did and lead the team to success. UConn coach Geno Auriemma said that Hayes was destined to be the program's next All-American prior to her sophomore season. She will now have the opportunity to assume that role.

An Hour With The Huskies " Blog Archive " Caroline Doty keeps positive, keeps battling back
"I’m just thinking positive thoughts," Doty said last Friday, sitting in front row of the Gampel Pavilion stands, the brace on her left knee unstrapped, a scar, running north and south, clearly visible. "Going into this season, with the group we have, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m really excited, especially to be able to be a part of it on the floor is even more exciting. I can’t wait to run out and hear the crowd."