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Hitting The Links 8/7: Diaco gone Crazy, Records Broken, and Verbal Commitments

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Bob Diaco is really, really excited for this football season, Cyle Larin setting the MLS on fire, and the #ICEBUS reels in a big one.

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Men's Basketball

Kemba Walker: ‘Walk With Me’ Episode One (VIDEO)

The link above is to Kemba Walker's first episode of his new YouTube series. The series ''Walk With Me'' brings fans into Kemba Walker's life and his journey from poverty to NBA superstar.

Ray Allen Says He's Not Retired Quite Yet; If Right Deal Came He'd Look

"I haven't said anything about that and I won't officially retire," Allen said Saturday during a break in his basketball camp for kids at East Granby High. "Because if something came to the table, contractually and situational-ly, I want to be able to take a strong look at it. I don't want to be that guy that says he's retiring and then is coming back."

Jalen Adams Already Comfortable in Storrs

"Hanging out with the guys and stuff, we've been connecting pretty well," said the 6-foot-1 Adams, who ranks 23rd overall in the Class of 2015. "I've been committed since last summer and Steve (Enoch) has been committed for a while, so we've come up and visited the campus several times. We really know the guys so it's not new to us."


"Myles Powell, a 6-foot-3 guard who plays at South Kent School in Connecticut, revealed the list to ESPN.com before taking to Twitter himself. The eight schools still in the running are Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Saint Joseph’s, Seton Hall, and VCU."


"For the 2014-15 season, Lenehan was named the American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete, an award voted on by the league's coaches."


"Former UConn men’s basketball captains Bruce Kuczenski (Bristol, Conn.) and Randy LaVigne (Hartford, Conn.) and current women’s basketball athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle will be honored on Aug. 8 when they are inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass."


The Battle 4 Atlantis recently released the tournament bracket. UConn drew Michigan in round one, with the possibility of a Thanksgiving match-up versus the Syracuse Orange. For this second round match-up to occur, UConn would need to beat Michigan and Syracuse would need to advance past Charlotte.


"Ollie's annual celebrity golf tournament at Glastonbury Hills Country Club featured special guests Ray Allen, Bobby Valentine, new SCSU coach Scott Burrell, and former UConn women's star Nykesha Sales. Proceeds benefit "Kevin's Kourts," a number of wheelchair accessible basketball facilities planned for the state, among other programs."

Women's Basketball

UConn Women To Play UCF, Houston Once In AAC Schedule

The American Athletic Conference has named the conference schedule. UConn will play every team twice, except one versus UCF at home, and one away versus Houston.

UConn women release non-conference schedule

"The quest for an unprecedented fourth straight national title begins with Nov. 16 game at Ohio State. UConn will host the Notre Dame team it defeated in the last two national championship games on Dec. 5 in the Jimmy V Classic and will play at South Carolina on Feb. 8."

Maryland women's basketball team agrees to three-year series with UConn

"The first of the three meetings will be Dec. 28 at Madison Square Garden as part of the 10th annual Maggie Dixon Classic. The Huskies, who defeated the Terps in the Final Four in April en route to winning the national championship, will visit the Xfinity Center in the 2016-17 season. The Terps will then travel to Connecticut for the final year of the agreement."

Football

UConn Football: Dixon, Herring Stand Out at New York vs. New England Challenge

"Dixon was joined on the New England team by one of his future teammates: Suffield Academy defensive back Tahj Herring. The three-star prospect committed to UConn shortly after Dixon in June as part of a quick recruiting burst that saw Bob Diaco's program land four three-star players (Dixon is a two-star prospect) for what is expected to be a 13- or 14-player class."

UConn Football Recruiting: 3-Star ILB Commits to UConn

"Gilmartin is listed at 6-feet, 230 lbs. He was rated as a 3-star recruit by both 247sports.com and Scout.com, and a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com. He had FBS offers from Army, Hawaii, Ohio, Toledo and Wake Forest, but ultimately chose the Huskies."

No surprises on UConn football roster heading into preseason camp

"After enduring a difficult first season at the helm of the UConn football program Bob Diaco said his goal moving forward was to have every player in the program be there for the long haul."

Goodbye Summer: UConn Football Reports For Duty

The Huskies report back Thursday, and the first practice starts on Friday.

UConn Football Picked To Finish Last In AAC East Division

Coming off a 2-10 season, the Huskies were picked last in the AAC East preseason polls.

UConn Football: Bob Diaco Doesn't Care What You Call the Civil 'ConFLiCT,' Says Huskies Expect to Win National Title

UConn Head Coach Bob Diaco took the AAC Media Day by storm. Some of his best remarks were wanting to capitalize the FL and CT in Civil Conflict, and predicting UConn to win the National Title.  "We're going to play as one of the four teams in the playoffs and win the national championship. ... Our expectation is we will win the football games. The score at the end of the game, we will have at least one more point than the opponent."

Hockey

UConn Men's Hockey: Huskies Release 2015-16 Schedule

Link to the full schedule is above. This season UConn will play 15 home games at the XL Center, with none in Bridgeport.

UConn Men's Hockey: Huskies Land Former BU Commit Maxim Letunov

"According to Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant, the latest addition to the UConn men's hockey team is Maxim Letunov, a 19-year-old Russian center who was supposed to be heading to Boston University in the fall. He committed to BU in November 2013, but now looks set to join the Huskies."

Baseball

Trio of Huskies Selected to Northwoods League 2015 Major League Dreams Showcase

"Three UConn baseball players, Ryan Radue, Joe DeRoche-Duffin and Jack Riley, have been selected to participate in the 2015 Major League Dreams Showcase, the Northwoods league announced on Monday."

Hurvul Hired as Pitching Coach at Fairfield

"Former UConn baseball player Ted Hurvul (2008-’12) has been hired as the pitching coach for the University of Fairfield baseball program, as announced by the school on Monday."

Soccer

UConn Soccer: Men's and Women's Teams Start Season Outside Top 25

"The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its preseason rankings for both men's and women's soccer Monday afternoon. The UConn women's team was 27th in voting for the top 25, while the men are 29th to start the season."

Former UConn Striker Cyle Larin Ties MLS Rookie Goal Record

"Former UConn striker and 2015 SuperDraft top pick Cyle Larin made history on Saturday night when he scored a pair of goals in Orlando City’s 5-2 win over Columbus Crew SC to tie the MLS rookie scoring record (11), held by former Husky standout Damani Ralph (’03)."

GO HUSKIES!!!