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The latest UConn athletics news
- Notre Dame women’s basketball backs out of 2020-21 matchup with UConn the same week the Huskies add a few non-conference games to their slate. Check out the UConn women’s basketball schedule tracker to stay up-to-speed on impending schedule updates
- UConn men’s basketball to play in Legends Classic at Mohegan Sun
- JUCO DB Stanley Cross joins UConn football’s 2021 class
- Practice officially begins for Geno’s highly-anticipated team:
Practice is back, season pic.twitter.com/h8DqzcR6B1— UConn Women’s Basketball (@UConnWBB) October 15, 2020
- In-state talent Victor Rosa talks UConn football recruitment, love for Huskies
- NCAA Women’s Basketball Preseason Power 10 has UConn #2 behind South Carolina
- Hurley’s freshmen experience their first full practice then the one and only Jon Rothstein drops by for day two. Enjoy these tasty tidbits from his stop in Storrs:
Instant physical observations at UConn:— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 17, 2020
1. Josh Carlton is down at least 20 pounds.
2. Jalen Gaffney has added 10-15 pounds of muscle.
3. Huskies' front line is loaded. Deepest surplus of bigs since Drummond, Oriakhi, Olander, Roscoe Smith.
- Long snapper Brian Keating up for “Academic Heisman” and community leadership awards
- Evina Westbrook filling leadership role for UConn women’s basketball
- UConn football offers class of 2021 wideout Dre Spriggs
- Andre Jackson has big plans for his freshman year in Storrs and is off to a good start after winning some heavy-duty hardware for getting after it in the gym:
Congratulations to our Fall Top Dog. @andrejackson5 #pullthesled pic.twitter.com/5yxxzMMh3F— Michael Rehfeldt (@MRStrengthUC) October 13, 2020
U Gotta See This
- Tyler Polley is a man on a mission:
’ ‼️— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) October 12, 2020
@Tyler_polleyyy #ThisIsUConn | #PullTheSled pic.twitter.com/QKHunpnlBq
Paige Bueckers ➡️ Aubrey Griffin @UConnWBB | #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/9kytYtNITI— Women’s Hoopz (@WomensHoopz) October 13, 2020
UConn, Great Pic
Photos of UConn’s finest
The squad is looking lean, mean, large, and in-charge after a productive preseason:
Find out what the UConn coaches are up to on and off the court
- Geno shares his key to continued success at UConn and gives us a glimpse of what it’s like coaching his “idol” and Kardashian-wannabe, Paige Bueckers:
- Randy never misses an opportunity to promote the program:
Good to see @MatthewPeart65 get his 1st start today for the @Giants. Looked really good on the opening drive for a FG. Making everyone with @UConnFootball proud. Congrats Matt! #BleedBlue #BlockC— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) October 18, 2020
- Coach Moore with the behind-the-scenes look at the Huskies’ first practice:
The Beginning! pic.twitter.com/sImwLGhv8a— Tom Moore (@CoachTomMoore) October 17, 2020
- We wouldn’t expect anything less from @CoachKFree:
According to #UConn coach Dan Hurley, Kevin Freeman dislocated his pinky at the beginning of practice on an errant pass. Had it popped back in and finished practice... All the guys on that '99 team would've been proud of Kevin today (Hurley)— The UConn Blog (@TheUConnBlog) October 16, 2020
- Coach Hurley dishes on his talented team and pinpoints the biggest strengths for the Huskies heading into their first season back in the Big East:
Big League Buzz
Catch up on former UConn players working across the sports world
- Bad form, COVID-19:
Chiefs' FB Anthony Sherman added to Reserve/COVID 19 list, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2020
- On and off the court, Sue Bird just keeps getting better
- Get the goods on Kemba’s latest season with the Celtics
- It’s been quite a run if George’s time in Houston is done:
If this is the end for Springer in an Astros uniform, it was a wild ride. pic.twitter.com/cOyewKo3Tk— (@LiveSCS) October 18, 2020
Revisiting the history of UConn sports
- These Huskies hurlers helped put the program on the map:
#TBT Former Husky greats and MLB All-Stars Charles Nagy (left) and Walt Dropo visit at a #HookC gathering in the early ‘90s. pic.twitter.com/0viub2ePoU— UConn Baseball (@UConnBSB) October 15, 2020
- Just dance:
When the buzzer sounds and your team is the best in college basketball!! https://t.co/qd34UaYSy8— Khalid El-Amin (@ELAminTraining) October 12, 2020
- Motion to destroy all evidence of BC’s membership in the Big East:
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see this? pic.twitter.com/iBNg8nGtGI— Captain Xavier (@CapX15) October 14, 2020
Once UConn sports return, we’ll provide info for the week’s upcoming games in this space. Until then, enjoy some classic recommendations from the vault.
George Springer is one of the greatest players in Huskies baseball history and has made quite a name for himself with the Houston Astros since leaving the friendly confines of UConn. After an illustrious college career in Storrs, the New Britain native was drafted 11th overall by the Astros in the 2011 draft and proceeded to terrorize postseason records with reckless abandon ever since he got called up to the big leagues in 2014. His performance as a professional has earned him plenty of prestige, as well, including the titles of World Series champion, World Series MVP, MLB All-Star (x3), and Silver Slugger (x2).
Springer’s best year at UConn was undoubtedly 2011, when he won Big East Player of the Year and was named a First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. That season, which was Springer’s last in Storrs, the Huskies won the Big East regular-season title after going 22-5 in conference play (45-20-1 overall) and were on a tear in the NCAA D-1 tournament before losing to South Carolina in the Super Regionals.
Check out these highlights from UConn baseball’s 2011 season where Springer played alongside future major leaguers Matt Barnes, Scott Oberg, and Nick Ahmed:
Cause We Care
Learn about non-profits and charitable causes benefiting the great people of Connecticut
With COVID-19 cases already surging as cold weather draws near, it will be imperative for everyone to do what they can to limit the spread of coronavirus during the months ahead. One way experts believe that can happen is by wearing face masks, however, not everyone is taking this precaution regardless of the potential risk to themselves and others.
In an effort to encourage these individuals to change their stance and mask-up, former UConn basketball great Chris Smith has come out with a line of masks and t-shirts relaying a simple and non-confrontational message: Wear Ya Mask! To make even more of an impact in the community, Smith has teamed up with Foodshare and is donating a portion of the proceeds to help feed Connecticut’s hungry and homeless.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Smith’s mission and do your part to stop the spread!
One more glimpse of UConn glory
Beware of the backcourt bullies of the Big East:
Spooky hours..⏳ @jam3s210 @jalengaffney pic.twitter.com/1g14wYi5kK— RJ Cole (@rjuice_) October 13, 2020
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