Sunday, July 16, 2017

Some catching up to do

After taking the last two weeks off, it's time to catch up on what I missed.

Obviously, the biggest news in the last few days was that Connecticut ethics lawyers ruled that Randy Edsall violated the state's ban on nepotism with the decision to not only hire his son Corey as an assistant coach but having it written into his contract.

UConn officials dispute the ruling saying that the deal to hire the younger Edsall was done before Randy Edsall officially started work. They can state their case on July 20 when the issue goes up for a vote. If the ruling stands, Corey Edsall's stint as UConn's tight ends coach will be a one-year deal as the initial ruling declared no action would be taken if Corey Edsall is not reappointed to the position for the 2018 season.

As a state employee, Randy Edsall is held to a different standard than if UConn were a private institution. It would see as if the ethics committee could use their time a little more productively than concerning themselves with the appointment of an entry-level assistant football job. On the other side of things, Randy Edsall's assertion that he would never be his son's supervisor seems silly since a football coach is responsible for every position on the field. If Randy Edsall believed that one of the tight ends should be seeing more playing time or featured more in the passing attack, he should be able to make that happen. The thought that he would need to go through Beth Goetz to make that happen is rather foolish.

With American Athletic Conference football media day set for Tuesday in Newport, R.I., it will be interesting to see how Randy Edsall handles inquires on the matter. I would have to think he will respectfully decline to answer such questions.

Speaking of media day, hard to dispute Edsall's choice of players to accompany him - linebacker Junior Joseph, defensive end/linebacker Luke Carrezola and tight end Tommy Myers are three of the team's most engaging personalities.

Carrezola and Myers are also among 26 UConn football players named to the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Fellow 2016 starters Alec Bloom, Folorunso Fatukasi, Tommy Hopkins and Bryant Shirreffs were also honored for their work in the classroom.

Bloom and Fatukasi were selected to the preseason watch lists for the major college football awards. Bloom was one of 55 players named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award. Sort of surprised not to see Myers name on that list.

Fatukasi was included on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and Nagurski Trophy. Linebacker Vontae Diggs has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team,
Diggs has served as a mentor at events hosted by the Goal Line Project, which provides guidance to inner-city students, read to local elementary school students through the Husky Reach literacy program and encouraged his teammates to band together to make holiday cards for local students.

Next, according to their social media posts, former UConn players Teddy Allmendinger and Nazir Williams are headed to Trinity College and Coffeyville Community College. Also, per social media posts, former Robert Morris receiver Kyle Buss is planning to transfer to UConn.

Last but certainly not least, Reuben Frank was not only signed by the CFL's Calgary Stampeders but also had two tackles in Friday's 30-23 loss to Montreal.

Sure there were other items I missed but will catch up on more news later.


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