Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tuesday night leftovers

  • UConn Sports Information Assistant Leigh Torbin dutifully pointed out I may need a name switch for the blog because they will soon be tearing up the runways outside Rentschler Field to build a shopping center. Even so, the Runway is still infinitely better than "The Rent". Until someone comes up with a better nickname, The Runway lives on, people.

  • UConn vs. Boston College in football? It could happen if the NCAA approves scrimmage games for Division I-A programs. Randy Edsall said scrimmages were discussed at the national football coaches convention in Dallas in January. Nothing came of it, though Edsall said he joked with BC coach Tom O'Brien that the two could play each other if it ever comes to pass. Edsall, who said he'd rather have a scrimmage than a 12th regular season game, thinks the coaches may push hard for it when the convention comes around again in January. "Maybe we could donate all the proceeds (from scrimmages) to charity," he said. It makes sense to play a summer scrimmage. Even Ivy League schools, who in the name of academics, academics and more academics ban members from playing postseason football, has been doing it for years.

  • Dennis Brown took the bulk of snaps with the 2's. He overthrew a bunch of passes, but the bright side of that is it's better than underthrowing receivers (ala Chad Pennington?). Methinks he has a real chance to be named D.J.'s backup.

  • Middle linebacker Ryan Henegan has fully participated in only three of 14 practices this summer because of a hamstring injury, and it could cost him a starting job. Julius Williams is working with the 1's, but true freshman Scott Lutrus of Brookfield is getting a long look there as well. "It's like the old saying, you can't make the club in the tub" Edsall said on more than one occasion Tuesday.

  • Other injury updates...Backup DT Rob Lunn injured a hamstring Tuesday. SS Glen Mourning of Danbury is hampered with a quad contusion. WR Ellis Gaulden is "making strides" to return from a spring ACL injury.

  • Edsall said no decisions have been made on redshirts for the fall, and it may be a while before anyone is officially redshirted because of thin depth at many positions.

  • If the price of gas doesn't come down soon, I may go broke before the football season is over. It cost me $50 to fill up, and driving up and back to Storrs tonight used almost half a tank. I'm considering trading my car straight up for a mini bike...Jim Carey got 70 miles per gallon on his hog in "Dumb and Dumber".

  • Thoughts and prayers to Jahi Smith, who is dealing with an unimaginable tragedy.


Blogger Fishy said...

Why is Edsall begging BC for a scrimmage?

Calhoun spoke for UCONN when he said UCONN would never play BC in anything. Let's not be hypocrits and beg BC to play.

August 16, 2006 4:04 PM 
Blogger sammy said...

So Calhoun speaks for all UConn athletics now?

August 16, 2006 4:11 PM 
Blogger Fishy said...

Calhoun directs the actions of the athletic office. When he said he needed Marcus Williams, Marcus Williams was made available to him in spite of his actions.

Have you become one of those people begging BC for a game?

August 16, 2006 5:40 PM 
Blogger huskypantz said...

"fishy", you have been added to the tool box. You must have studied english at an inferior institution, seeing that you freely substitute the verb "beg" for "joke". Obviously your school's message board is boring you - not only do you read UConn's board but you followed the link to this blog and created a handle in honor of one of your favorite posters.

August 18, 2006 7:40 AM 
Blogger Train said...

We have Maryland, UNC, NCSU, UVA, and Wake on future home and homes. Why schedule a program that isn't as good as any of those in BC?

August 18, 2006 2:46 PM 

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