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TheRoundUp 10/15: Football stumbles, but basketball is here

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The New Haven Register Blogs: Ramblings from The Runway: UConn suffers a stunning loss
There are teams that seem to find a way to win games. In my first season covering UConn, the Huskies seem to find way to lose games.

UConn's Record Evokes Memories Of 2010 - Hartford Courant
The Huskies weren't sure two years ago what they were going to do to turn things around, but they knew they didn't like the position they were in and unleashed that frustration in practice. Kendall Reyes, who played on that team and is now with the San Diego Chargers, said at the time players were scrapping with each other, and that led to the most spirited practices the team had all year.

UConn loss a real kicker - Hartford Huskies |
UConn seemed to have everything going right out of the gate starting at their own 18 after the opening kick and marching down to the Temple 19, before Christen missed a 36 yarder wide right. After a three and out UConn (3-4, 0-2 Big East) again marched down field punctuating the drive with a Chandler Whitmer to Michael Smith 15 yard touchdown strike for the 7-0 lead. After another Temple (3-3, 2-0 Big East) punt, Whitmer capped a 5 play 63 drive with a 42 yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Griffin for the 14-0 lead. Whitmer was 8-10 for 159 yards to that point, finishing 22-39 for 293 yards with only 88 of those coming after the half.

UConn Football Faces Quick Turnaround; Syracuse Awaits Friday Night -
UConn (3-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big East Conference) squandered a two-touchdown lead before losing, 17-14, to Temple Saturday at Rentschler Field. The team is now gearing up for Syracuse, a team reeling from a 23-15 loss to nationally-ranked Rutgers.

Team-Building Goes Beyond The Court For UConn - Hartford Courant
The Huskies have begun preparing for the upcoming season, and it will be a challenging one in several respects. Motivation could be a challenge, with no postseason eligibility, and there is uncertainty, with new head coach Kevin Ollie signed only through April. Then there is the memory of last season, which began with great promise and ended in disappointment. In its aftermath, several players transferred or left for the NBA.

Notes/Quotes from Saturday’s practice: "Sugar and Hot Sauce." - UConn Basketball - Connecticut News
"You throw the ball to someone and give them a compliment and then say something they didn’t do so well that they can work on for tomorrow," said UConn junior Tyler Olander. " It’s worked well because communication is huge. If you’re out there in the middle of a big game and you don’t know how to talk to your teammates and something goes wrong, and you’re screaming at them, cursing at them, that diminishes your team chemistry because now your own team is inside your head in a negative way."

Kevin Ollie's long journey - Connecticut Post
"You need to bring your family along with you," Ollie says. "What sense does it make to get accomplishments if you can't share them with anybody?"

Ricky Moore Joins Men's Basketball Staff - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies
Ricky Moore, co-captain of the University of Connecticut’s first national championship men’s basketball team in 1999, has been named as the Assistant Director of Basketball Administration on head coach Kevin Ollie’s staff at UConn.

UConn basketball programs hold First Night - Sports
The crowd of about 7,000 towel-waving fans gave Ollie the night's loudest ovation as he was introduced, and interrupted his speech to the crowd by rhythmically clapping and chanting his name.