Thursday, September 14, 2006

All systems go...almost

With a hard rain pelting Connecticut today, the last full practice before Saturday's Wake Forest game, it would have been a perfect opportunity for the UConn football team to test out its brand new indoor training complex. However, on Thursday the players got dressed and taped in their spanking new locker room, sniffed a final breath of that new-facility smell, then charged outside to practice in the rain.

That's because the multi-million dollar indoor practice field still isn't ready for use, a full six weeks after camp opened back in early August.

The indoor surace is being inspected by surveyors today. Randy Edsall said he was told the team could finally get in to use it Friday. If not Friday, then definitely by Sunday. You sort of get the feeling he's heard that line a quite few times over the last six weeks.

"They're surveying the field. It's something that has to be done after they go ahead and install the turf," Edsall said. "So they're in here today to take care of that. It's possible tomorrow we'll be able to have our walk through in there, but we'll have it definitely by Sunday. But that doesn't help me today."

Edsall had no news on the injury front. Jason Ward and Dan Murray are still out, and both will be reassessed Sunday. There are less than 200 tickets remaining for Saturday's game, according to the UConn athletic communications department, so expect a sellout. Also, the scout team awards this week went to Aaron Bryant (special teams), Lucas Cox (defense) and Alex Molina (offense). The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN360, whatever that is.

Coming Friday: College football challenge week 2.


Blogger ktuck911 said...

ESPN360... It's a shame we get beat for money any which way but loose... Instead of offering it for the locals (in CT, which is where ESPN's headquarters are) they try and take every extra penny from us... Thanks a lot to the guys in Bristol...

September 14, 2006 3:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe ESPN360 is free...

When I checked it out today, out of curiosity, I saw that they had archived the two games they showed last week (Kent State-Army and one other one). I'm not sure if I could've logged on last Saturday to see them, but it appears to be otherwise free.

September 14, 2006 4:27 PM 
Blogger ScottVib said...

ESPN360 is free, but only if your ISP subscribes to it. Most of the local ISPs in Connecticut do not subscribe. (ESPN is trying to get the cash from the ISPs who'll pass on the cost to the consumer)

September 14, 2006 4:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ESPN360 is free, at least it was for me.

Go huskies!

September 14, 2006 5:28 PM 

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