Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday notes from the Shenk

The lowdown from Tuesday's media luncheon....

  • Randy Edsall opened things up by informing us that Father Daniel Sullivan, the team's unofficial chaplain, suffered a heart attack over the weekend. He is in recovery, and apparently informed his doctors he had to fly to Pitt this weekend for the UConn game. Doctors told him that wasn't going to happen. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

  • Not much news on the injury front. Dan Ryan will be reevaluated during practice this week. If he can't play, expect Mike Hicks to start at right tackle and Alex LaMagdelaine to start at left guard. If Ryan is healthy enough, he'll likely go at right tackle with Hicks at left guard.

  • Ryan Henegan will participate in a full contact practice today for the first time since injuring his knee in the preseason. No gray area with him though, Lawrence Wilson is the starter against Pitt. Greg Lloyd Jr. will most likely back him up, playing on the home field of the Steelers team his father starred for so long (not the same stadium, but you get the idea).

  • Dave Wannstedt had an appointment for a moustache wax and trim, and thus was unavailable to speak via teleconference with Connecticut media this afternoon.

  • Tyler Lorenzen has perfected the art of speaking for extended periods of time without actually saying anything. He could be the White House press secretary. Asked if he's taking classes at UConn to perfect the art of style over substance, Tyler laughed and said a lot of his friends and family tell him he should go into politics because of this skill. Credit him for having a good, self-deprecating sense of humor.

  • Even after Tony Ciaravino's magnificent day kicking the football against Temple (he was named Big East special teams player of the week), Edsall mentioned Dave Teggart is still right on his tail for the job. Says a lot about both kids, but this quote was even more insightful, "This is the first time in my nine years here that I can go out to practice on Sundays and on Thursdays and not have to feel bad because guys are putting it through the uprights and being very consistent," Edsall said.

  • Since I know you're all interested, it was barbecue ribs, grilled chicken and leftover kielbasa being served in the team cafeteria for lunch. Sounded great in theory, but the execution left a lot to be desired. Kind of like the Temple game.


Anonymous The 'stache said...

Why do you mock me, Chip?

The 'stache

September 18, 2007 8:38 PM 
Anonymous Vinny From East Haven said...

I guess it's about time for Ol' Vincenzo to weigh in on the debacle from this past weekend. First of all, it serves me right - the first time I take UConn to cover the spread they go lay a stinker. What an complete embarrassment this must be for all you sad UConn fans. Temple is WITHOUT A DOUBT the worst football team in the country. Well, after Saturday there MUST be a doubt in some people's minds because Temple rightfully should have been the victor up at the Rent.
And you know what? Randy Edsall should thank his lucky stars that there was a controversial finish to the game, so everyone could concentrate on that instead of the hideously awful playcalling, specifically going for it on 4th and 1 well inside UConn territory when only up by 5 in the 4th quarter. Seriously, what kind of a football coach makes a decision like that? Hell, even over at East Haven HS we knew better than that!
But Edsall, and the rest of this third-rate team luck out by having the officals completely mangle the biggest call of the game. What a terrible choke job on everyone's part...except for Temple, which came to play, unlike the Huskies.

Hope everyone enjoyed your last victory of the year. What a cheap win.

September 19, 2007 12:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of sad, how about BCAlum/ IAYF person on the ESPN site? Poor chubby guy was picked on in school and has nothing better to do than to shoot a school he was rejected from.

But whatever. 3-0 baby!

September 19, 2007 3:51 PM 

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