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TheRoundUp 10/22: With Masters out, a cloudy future for UConn

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UConn Football: The Huskies have lost senior guard Adam Masters for the rest of the season - Hartford Courant
Gus Cruz, a sophomore, will start at right guard and the Huskies will have to find a way to get production out of the run with a younger group up front.

UCONN FOOTBALL: Syracuse game adds injury to insult as captain Adam Masters lost for year (video) - SFGate
Masters has started 30 games during his career — including seven this season at right guard — and has seen time at both guard and tackle positions.

UConn Crushed On Both Sides Of The Ball - Hartford Courant
There are more gruesome numbers: UConn is 0-3 in the Big East for the first time since 2006. It has lost three in a row for the first time since 2009. It slipped to 6-24 on the road in conference play and 25-33 overall in conference play since joining the league in 2004.

UConn football: After Loss To Syracuse, UConn's Offense Getting More Offensive -
I do know this much. Sometimes the safest hires become the most dangerous ones. And while they are both nice men, a benevolent stubbornness can become an outdated arrogance. After 20 games together, their offense is failing. It's time to admit that much and look at doing something about it.

Kevin Ollie takes over UConn Huskies with Jim Calhoun's encouragement -- men's college basketball - ESPN
Calhoun said he has been at four of the first six practices. He keeps his distance and offers encouragement when needed. But he has been a constant mentor and source of information -- mostly for administrative issues -- since he retired last month. Ollie was named coach for this season and given a seven-month contract.

Don't Tell Paul Pasqualoni About UConn Basketball Commit Terrence Samuel - Hartford Courant
Samuel, a Brooklyn kid, was a promising quarterback, but his mother, Wilma, did not like seeing him take the pounding, so he committed himself full time to basketball when it came time to choose a high school. He still chose a path of hard knocks, going to a public school, South Shore, that had suffered through a 14-game losing streak in its league.

UConn Women Look Strong Heading Into Season - Hartford Courant
"When you've done what we've done, how do you temper the expectations?" said Auriemma, who has seven national titles. "You can't even try. It's silly. At the same time, what are we going to do that hasn't been done?" With no cherry tree is sight, here are 10 things UConn has going for it as it makes the attempt:

Maine Colleges: Black Bears edge UConn in women's hockey, 3-2 | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
All three Maine goals came in the final six minutes of the first period, after Connecticut (1-5-1, 1-1 Hockey East) took a 1-0 lead.