Monday, May 19, 2008

Need some UConn football news?

Randy Edsall held a press conference with state media today. There was no earth-shattering news to announce, but simply a way to keep us updated on the affairs of the team since the spring game. Here's a look at some of the topics of discussion:
  • The comings: Marcus Campbell is back in school and currently taking summer courses. He had some academic issues after last semester, but was able to reapply and get readmitted. He'll be back on full scholarship this semester. He'll play the bandit spot on defense. Brandon Dillon, also an academic casualty, is in the process of applying for readmission. Edsall is hoping he'll be back on full scholarship soon.

  • The goings: Receiver Rob Theoudele and o-lineman Bobby Fry are not returning. He has one course left before he can graduate, which he'll take over the summer, and then he'll get his degree and move on. D-lineman Danny Russell is transferring, likely to either Columbia or Georgetown, but he hasn't made a decision. Walk-on defensive back Derrick Foster, arrested for criminal trespass and breach of peace on campus earlier in the spring, is also transferring somewhere.

  • Only one position change since the spring game, and it's minor. Gary Bardzak will slide down the line to play center, since Trey Tonsing and Keith Gray are the only centers on the roster now that Fry is gone.

  • Because UConn is a little over the 105 spots the NCAA mandates for preseason camp, a few walk-ons won't be able to join the team until the fall semester officially begins. Edsall wouldn't name names, but mentioned the players would likely be at positions in which the Huskies are already overloaded. Edsall said there are currently 83 scholarship players on the roster, with one being held for Dillon. He said they aren't actively pursuing anyone for the one available scholarship.

  • Most of the team is back home for the next couple of weeks or so. Everyone reports back June 2 for summer school and to resume the conditioning program. Freshmen report on June 22 for classes on June 23. Players can move back into dorms on July 31, and practice starts on Aug. 1.

  • Tight end Martin Bedard is a senior eligibility wise, even though he's only been in the program three years. He played in Canada until he was 21, so that counted against his NCAA eligibility and he had four years to play three. Fellow Canucks Moe Petrus and John Dellahunt are safe for five years to play four, however.

  • Safety Aaron Bagsby is expected to get a medical redshirt for last fall. The paperwork has been completed. It's up to the NCAA to award the extra year. No problems are anticipated.

  • Edsall scheduled more night practices in August in anticipation of four night games in the first five weeks of the season. We know the opener against Hofstra and the Baylor and Louisville games are at night. It's looking like Temple will be at night, too. Virginia at the Rent is expected to be in the afternoon.

  • Edsall said he'll continue to push the Big East athletic directors to admit another school for football, citing the unequal schedules that give some teams four league home games and others three every season. It's something that's been brought to the league's attention at the annual conference in Newport, R.I. the last few years, and something the coaches will continue to push for.

  • Nothing new to report on the Notre Dame series, but Edsall has penciled in those dates into the Huskies advance out-of-conference schedules. In fact, he reviewed UConn's entire non-conference slate through the year 2013. Got your calendar out? Good.


Sept. 5: at Ohio

Sept. 12: vs. North Carolina

Sept. 19: at Baylor

Sept. 26: vs. Rhode Island

Nov. 21: at Notre Dame (pending, not part of the six-game deal)


Sept. 2: vs. Northeastern

Sept. 18: at Temple

Sept. 25: vs. Buffalo

Oct. 2: vs. Vanderbilt

one open date


Sept. 3: vs. Division I-AA opponent TBA

Sept. 10: at Vanderbilt

Sept. 17: vs. Iowa State

Sept. 24: at Buffalo

Nov. 5: at Notre Dame (pending)


Aug. 30: vs. UMass

Sept. 8: vs. North Carolina State

Sept. 15: at Maryland

Sept 29: vs. Buffalo

one open date


open with Division I-AA TBA

Sept. 7: vs. Maryland

Sept. 14: at Buffalo

Sept. 28: vs. Temple

Oct. 26: vs. Notre Dame at Gillette or Giants Stadium (pending)

other pending Notre Dame dates: 10.18.14 (away); 10.24.15: (neutral); 11.12.16: (away); 9.30.17: neutral.


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