Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday mailbag

It's Monday, I have the day off and I'm sick. Perfect time to answer some viewer mail.

Question: I've heard that UConn has turned down a potential game at Texas and will be discontinuing it's series with Army. I disagree with both decisions. I've been to both Army games and had a ball both times. It's good for Army as well as many UConn fans make the trip. We should play our closest, non-backstabbing neighbor every year. And why not play Texas? We played Miami and VTech a few years back when they were at an equal level to where Texas is now. Why be fraidy-scared all of a sudden? Doesn't make any sense to me. What do you think?
-- Bill, Manchester, CT

CM: The contract for the Army series expires after the Oct. 14 game at the Runway. The series isn't exactly being discontinued. Army's schedule is booked solid through 2012. It's certainly possible another series of games will be scheduled sometime after that. Randy Edsall has said he likes having Army on the schedule and wants to keep it running. It's too much of a natural not to continue. Plus, Michie Stadium is one of the great places to watch a football game. As for Texas, Edsall recently told the WTIC radio crew that UConn was offered the chance to take on the Longhorns. He said one of the reasons it was turned down because it was a 2-for-1.

I'd love to see a little more flavor in the non-league schedule. But with West Virginia and Louisville in the top 10, I don't know if a Texas or, say, Michigan is right for the program at this point. Part of the process of building a program is making bowl games, even if they are insignificant ones that nobody watches aside from fans of the two teams involved. You need to schedule "winnable" games against the Navy's, Wake Forest's and Indiana's. Vanilla? Sure. But it's a time-consuming process. What I'd like to see is a series with a comparable Pac-10 or Big 12 opponent to spice it up. Maybe Arizona or Kansas State. Better yet, a WAC opponent. Road trip to UNLV or Hawaii? That would make me happy.

Q: I was at the game yesterday, had front row seats .First of all let me say P.U.
Is that what Uconn can do against a good team? What really gets me is these Uconn fans, some of them act like Uconn should be running all over Navy and one said Uconn should be a top 25 team soon. Chip, do these people watch games on TV or do they just live in their own world?

-- Tony, West Haven

CM: I guess you weren't sitting near any of my blog readers.

That's it for now. I need some orange juice and a cup of Thera-flu.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Chip knows this, but the reason UConn played Miami and VTech was that they had to as part of the process of joining the Big East.

October 02, 2006 11:21 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chip, You may have forgot or never knew that UConn plays the Big 12's Iowa State next season at Rentschler and has a home-and-away with Baylor later this decade. Similarly, UConn will play a home and away against Iowa and I believe has games scheduled or is working a series with Northwestern. UConn also has games against the sixth best BCS conference schools, including UNC, UVA, and Duke. It would be great to schedule a basketball/football combined series with Washington, Cal, or Arizona. Let's stay away from USC until after they've been on probation for a few years.

When did Tony move from East Haven across the Quinnipiac River to West Haven? Quite the cover for your blog's biggest "UConn hater". With endless sarcasm, he seems like a really well informed guy and keen observer of 99% of the UConn fan that were disappointed with the Huskies showing on Saturday.

October 02, 2006 12:59 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

To clarify: UConn's non-league schedule for next season is at Duke, at Virginia and home with Maine, Navy and Temple. That comes right from the UConn SID office.

Don't know the date of the Iowa State game, but it's not until at least 2008.

October 02, 2006 2:25 PM 
Blogger Jim Barton said...

Chip - I was at the BC/Maine game on saturday, and let me tell you, the Huskies might have some trouble with the Black Bears next year. They didn't exactly look good, but BC couldn't put them away. UConn needs to improve, and fast, or we might be looking at some embarrassing losses.
Oh yes, and GO TIGERS.

October 02, 2006 4:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time to seriously call into question the direction that this program is headed in.

October 02, 2006 8:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad the originally scheduled Iowa State game is pushed off to 2008 or whenever, but that's a decent 2007 home schedule with 3 probable 2006 bowl teams (Louisville, Navy, and Rutgers). Even the away schedule is pretty good, because there are a good number of UConn alumni and former CT residents in NC, VA and the mid-Atlantic.

October 02, 2006 9:16 PM 
Blogger NortheastOxymoron said...

"It's time to seriously call into question the direction that this program is headed in."

Why? Because the team is struggling or you really see no potential in what is easily projected to be UConn's best recruiting class (by far!)? Which verbals fail to impress you? OK, so that's it you really aren't impressed with any of the verbal commitments. Do you know any of their names, or is easy to dump on a team that struggled against an offense that's very hard to defend? Ah, you have to love New England pessimists.

October 02, 2006 11:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the top of my head...

Kashif Moore WR
Cody Endres QB
CJ Marck LB
Gary Bardzack OL
Anthomny Sherman Lb
Dave Teggart KR/P

This class doesn't look so much better than any of the previous ones. We just got some committs earlier this time. But don't worry I'm sure Edsall will pull in 15 more sleepers that nobody else wants.

I remember hearing what a big deal it was to get Kit Pommels and Dorcelus.

Meanwhile Ricky Santos looks to be the bext QB I-AA history. I guess Edsall missed the boat on that one as well...

October 03, 2006 12:36 AM 
Anonymous mr. anonymous said...

And one more just to clarify. I was naming committs off of the top my head. Those aren't ones that don't impress me. But we need a QB in bad way. And what else really scares me is that knowing Edsall, if he thought Dennis Brown could win games, Dennis would be in there.

October 03, 2006 12:40 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting comments, especially regarding Santos. Anyone with any familarity with his situation knows 1-A schools steered away due to very dodgy academics. UNH is a good, very experienced 1-AA team that beat a very bad Northwestern team.

Most people who are familiar with the current verbal commitments know they are viewed as more talented players than past recruits. There's no guarantee, but with or without any direct knowledge it's easy to just take shots at UConn this week. Every school needs QBs, but it's not like UConn is not aggressively recruiting potential players.

It didn't help that Billy Cundiff got homesick or didn't expect to play in front of Dennis Brown, but it's October. Recruiting is ongoing, and it's easy for some people to be pessimists. What none of us really know is which players may be seriously considering UConn or may have already silently committed.

October 03, 2006 9:53 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

A quick follow-up on the non-league sked for the future. I said I'd like to see more games against other big conferences (aside from the ACC, which I have no problem with but tend to be bland).

Iowa State is coming to the Runway sometime after 2007.

UConn has also secured or is close to securing home-and-homes with Iowa, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Baylor.

October 04, 2006 10:45 AM 

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