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UConn Men’s Basketball Notebook: Cobb Loses Weight, New NCAA Rules, Calhoun Prepares For Next Chapter

The senior big man is in his best shape since arriving to Storrs.

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After a tumultuous first season in Storrs, senior forward Eric Cobb is down nearly 60 pounds from the start of last season to 226 pounds and two-percent body fat. He has also lost roughly 20 pounds since May.

“I felt like it would help me be lighter on my feet,” Cobb told Dave Borges of the New Haven Register. “Since then, I’ve been moving quicker, I’ve been reacting to different things better, and just having a healthy mind.”

Cobb credits the weight loss to former strength coach Ed Streit and his replacement, Sal Alosi.

NCAA Unveils New Rules For NBA Hopefuls

To the surprise of many, the NCAA announced some major changes for basketball today. Some highlights include the ability for high school/college players to officially select agents (so long as they are NCAA certified), players becoming eligible to return to college if they are invited to the NBA combine and undrafted and schools will become responsible for paying for players’ education later on if they decide to leave early. The number of official visits have also been increased from five to 15.

Calhoun Prepares To Coach Again

Just a few years after he last manned the sidelines for UConn, former Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun is ready to get back on the sidelines as the head coach at the University of St. Joseph. As the Blue Jays - a Division III team - prepare fore their first season of men’s basketball, Calhoun told Hartford Courant columnist Mike Anthony that he is itching to get started.

“[Coaching] is clearly feeding something I need. I’m addicted,” Calhoun told Anthony. “I’m addicted to basketball. I’m addicted to kids. There was a void in my life, a terrible void.”

Calhoun worked out his contract with UConn, where he served as a consultant, so it would not interfere or overlap with his work at St. Joe’s. His first game as the Blue Jays’ head coach is Nov. 9 at home against William Patterson, and Calhoun fully intends to coach St. Joe’s first game in their new $14-18 million basketball facility that is set to open in January of 2020.