Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Lunch with the Huskies

The weekly Tuesday media luncheon at the Burton Complex provided, as usual, a wealth of information. Some highlights...
  • Randy Edsall was asked what the reaction of his defense was to his critical comments after the Rhode Island game. Edsall said he was only saying what he felt was the truth, and that if anyone had furt feelings maybe they should take up another sport. The defensive players agreed with Edsall's comments, which they viewed as a challenge. More on this topic in Wednesday's Register.

  • Danny Lansanah said he had just gotten off the phone with Alfred Fincher Tuesday. Lansanah still speaks with Fincher, now with the New Orleans Saints, at least twice a week. He said Fincher watches every UConn game, and offers a weekly critique. It sounds like Fincher's assessment of the defense after the Rhode Island game was roughly the equivilent of Edsall's.

  • Tuesday trivia: UConn is 12-1 against non-league opponents at Rentschler Field. Bonus points to anyone who knows the answer without looking it up. Answer is below.

  • Edsall said the only thing keeping fullback Deon Anderson from being a "household" name in college football circles like Dan Orlovsky and Fincher were two years ago is that he doesn't play a glamourous position like, say, quarterback or linebacker. Edsall also said there are a few other younger players on the roster with a real chance to become premier players in the league very soon. He didn't name names. I will. How about Donald and Cody Brown for starters?

  • Edsall was asked to respond to Boston College athletic director Gene DiFilippo's comment in Sunday's Boston Globe about how UConn wants to play the Eagles in football but DiFilippo has no interest in playing the Huskies at this point. "He gave his opinion," Edsall said. "I think it would be great for this region. But I'm just the football coach. Would I like to see it? Yes. But the circumstances at this point and time doesn't seem like it's going to take place. At least not yet."

  • UConn will open next season on the road at Duke during Labor Day weekend. The date hasn't been set, but it will be either Aug. 30-31 or Sept 1 (Thursday-Saturday). Here's hoping for another Thursday opener. The Huskies follow the Duke game with the home-opener against Maine. The other non-conference games next season are at Virginia and home with Temple and Navy.

  • Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was positively gushing about the Huskies. You'd think he was talking about the 1985 Chicago Bears. Don't get me wrong, I think Wake should be at least a 3 1/2-point underdog. But Grobe had firmly entered Lou Holtz smoke-blowing territory. "I was impressed with how solid they are in every aspect," Grobe said. "Their offense, defense, kicking game, special teams play....They beat us pretty bad last time (in 2003), so there are a lot of concerns about how good they are."

  • Grobe was pleased, and rightfully so, at backup quarterback Riley Skinner's performance against Duke on Saturday. Skinner, in his first start, was 22-of-29 passing for 235 yards and a TD. Duke managed to take away the Wake Forest run game in the first half, so the Deamon Deacons were forced to throw more than usual. Skinner did a nice job. Grobe said they key is how Skinner responds to playing in a hostile environment like the Runway.

  • Trivia answer: Boston College beat UConn 24-14 at the Runway in 2003. Kind of a trick question. BC was still in the Big East at the time, but UConn was still playing as an independent. To those who knew the answer, in the words of the late Pop Shortell "Hat's off!!"

This week's schedule for the print edition of the Register...Wednesday: defense feature; Thursday: UConn notebook; Saturday: Wake Forest game day advance page.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was indeed surprised that UConn got beat by Boston. But then Notre Dame also beat University of Texas. Notre Dame started poorly against the University of Texas. It could not even make first down, let alone touch down. Then the defence of the University of Texas collapsed allowing Notre Dame to sail through. I hated the sailing of Notre Dame because I don't like the bragging of Regis. As if that was not bad enough Notre dame crushed Penn State. Boy, Boy. I did not listen to the Regis Bragging this morning because I was on line.

September 12, 2006 4:39 PM 
Blogger UConnHuskies86 said...


Thanks for this..it's great!

September 12, 2006 8:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we please stop talking about BC!!!??

We can't beat them and they won't play us.

September 12, 2006 10:29 PM 
Blogger Dominic said...

Anyone have an extra Blue Parking pass or know how to get one for the rest of the season?

Anyone else think UConn and Rentschler did the fans (tailgaters especially) an injustice with the new parking scheme this year?

September 13, 2006 9:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, we could beat BC in football. We just offered them a one and done deal with the gane at Storrs and they were insulted.

September 13, 2006 3:04 PM 
Blogger huskypantz said...

anonymous - BC is running from us at this point. WE want to play them, they refuse. You can make the hypothesis that they are now afraid to lose to UConn.

Dominic - try the aircraft club lot instead of red lot parking if you can't get a blue lot pass. I have heard a lot of people blame UConn for the parking, but I would question how much input UConn had in the parking decision. Development of the land is the primary concern for Rentschler field's owners. And if Cabella's wants prime real estate next to the stadium, well, looks like the tailgaters and tickerholders take a backseat.

September 13, 2006 3:05 PM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

Why would anyone be surprised that UConn lost to Boston College? UConn is 0-10-2 all time versus the Eagles. UConn can't claim to be the best in New England while BC is still around...this week, BC is ranked in both the AP and the USA Today polls (23 and 25, respectively) and they have already notched a win against a ranked opponent (#18 Clemson last week in what was probably the best game of the day). Where is UConn in the polls? When was the last time they beat a ranked opponent?

I know some BC fans and you know what they feel about UConn? Nothing. They do not see UConn as a threat to them at all. And, well, until UConn actually does something, I don't see any reason why anyone would put UConn on the level of BC.

September 14, 2006 1:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, BC fan (and just give it up-you ARE a BC fan)-so apparently we are threatening them.

BC fans talk about us all the time. It's pretty obvious with our facilities and vastly improving talent, we are catching up.

And yeah, we've beaten a team that finished the season ranked (pittsburgh). Not bad for a newbie.

We'll get there. We're a GOOD team. Go UConn!

September 14, 2006 5:31 PM 
Anonymous Alex said...

I'll be conducting a fundraiser in the blue lot tommorow. Vinny from East Haven will be there and he will be tethered to a pole. For 5 bucks you can have at him with a blunt object. I intend to use the money to help cure his diarhea of the mouth.

September 15, 2006 9:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, that would be "UConn envy" of the mouth.

Ya think the BC fans would stick to their forums, but apparently they aren't interesting enough.

September 15, 2006 9:15 PM 

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