Wednesday, June 18, 2014

First high school clinic a hit at UConn

Bob Diaco made his first appearance at the Travelers Championship as he joined UConn women's associate head coach Chris Dailey and AD Warde Manuel in a charity mini-golf event in the fan zone.

After the trio finished their round Diaco said "Warde carried us."

As far as football-related talk, he was fired up about the first of six clinics with high school players which took place on Tuesday.

"It was great," Diaco said. "For a Tuesday morning we had 50 ninth-12th graders there. They were energized, learn some football and had a chance to spend four of five hours together."

He has also been encouraged by what he has seen since the players returned to campus earlier this month.

"Guys want to be good, they are fun to work with they are wide open," Diaco said. "The overall character and respect for each other and for the university and for football itself is on the incline."

The incoming freshmen are set to arrive in 10 days and it will give Diaco a chance to get them going in the Huskies' offseason conditioning program which is already making a difference with UConn's returning players.

"I can't wait," Diaco said. "We are so looking forward to moving forward with those guys, it is going to be a lot of fun."

As he said when I spoke to him in his office recently, Diaco believes all the freshmen who signed with the team in February will be arriving with no academic casualties anticipated.

"So far (everything is good)," Diaco said, "I haven't gotten an y information to the contrary, like anybody else, new players, young people will have trouble assimilating but they have been great."

Also, according to his Twitter account, Delaware defensive end/linebacker Connor Freeborn has committed to UConn.

 Connor Freeborn ? @cfreeborn11  ยท  3h
Committed to play football at the University of Connecticut. Thank you everyone for all of the support! #huskynation

Freeborn had originally committed to play lacrosse at Navy.


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