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Hitting the Links: 5/27

Hope you had a good Memorial Day Weekend, back in the swing of things with a link drop!

Darren McCollester

Conference Re-alignment

Big Ten Pushes Ahead With Addition Of Troubled Rutgers -

"Big Ten leadership is looking long-term and there is little concern about how Rutgers is perceived currently. As the conference attempts to get its network onto more East Coast cable carriers and attract interest from fans and alumni in a new region, Delany is looking at the big picture."

Men's Hoops

In Mission Hill, string of NBA successes buoys broader community - Opinion - The Boston Globe

"Mission Hill isn't a large neighborhood; it has less than half the residents of Jamaica Plain. The Alice Taylor Apartments complex is a mid-sized public housing development that sits just behind Northeastern University's west campus. It's where Napier grew up. But he's not the first soon-to-be NBA draftee to come from there."

Kevin Duffy: UConn's Ollie has few years to ponder his destiny - Connecticut Post

"I'm not sure the general public understands just how much winning matters to Ollie. He's often irate after losses. Not quite on Calhoun's level, but truly not far off. When people analyze Kevin Ollie, his extreme competitiveness is often underrated."

Jeff Jacobs column: Warde Manuel, UConn Get Their Man In coach Kevin Ollie -

"Beyond that, this is a wise deal struck by Warde Manuel. I would argue that the UConn athletic director might be the biggest winner of all in this."

Women's Hoops

UConn’s trio of recruits competing in Colorado

"Collier was aware of who Boykin and Samuelson were before she made her official visit to UConn, but it wasn't until she spent time with them that she realized she would enjoy sharing a court with them."

UConn commits De’Janae Boykin, Katie Lou Samuelson each make U17 team

"After four grueling days of competing against some of the best players in their age group, UConn commits De'Janae Boykin and Katie Lou Samuelson found out they would be teammates for the second summer in a row"

Sue Bird comes home as a grizzled veteran - Sports - The Bulletin - Norwich, CT

"The smile is still infectious, the enthusiasm for the game radiating out in all directions and yes, Sue Bird is still the darling of UConn fans everywhere."

UConn Baseball

UConn's George Springer 2 HRs, 5 RBIs In Astros Win At Seattle - Hartford Courant

"Springer, the former UConn star and Connecticut native, returned from injury and hit the first pitch he saw over the right field fence for a 2-0 Houston lead. He then put the Astros ahead 6-2 with another two-run shot, to left field, in the fifth. Springer finished with five RBIs."

College Baseball: Central, UConn Seasons End - Hartford Courant

"Temple (15-32) is discontinuing a baseball program that dates from 1927."

UConn Football

UConn is offering a football clinic for women | For The Win

"The one-night class is intended to teach women "everything from the basic fundamentals of the game to finer intricacies," and attendees will go through football drills with UConn coaches and players."

Diaco Makes The Rounds At Local Radio Stations - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies

"On Wednesday, May 21, Diaco headed to WILI Radio in Willimantic and was the guest on Wayne Norman's morning radio show. Norman, also the color commentator for UConn men's basketball and football, is the longest tenured morning radio host in the state - working the shift since November 1, 1971."

Football Coach Bob Diaco on: ‘Losing Culture’ " CBS Connecticut

"While the new coach is ready to begin crafting a winning team, he does admit the journey will not be easy for him, his staff or his players."