Monthly Archives: September 2009

UConn Student Ticket Lottery: A SICK JOKE BY THE ATHLETIC DEPT.

Well folks, its’ that time of the year again. No, not basketball season. It’s “debating the way student tickets for UConn Men’s Basketball games are distributed” season.

Gampel Pavilion

Ever since the school decided to change the system from allowing students to camp out for “first-come, first-served” tickets to the online lottery system, a debate has occured every year. The majority of students at UConn do not like the current system. In fact, current UConn Junior Brian Kowalsky had this to say about the current system, “It F***ing sucks. It’s a terrible system and it leaves the majority of hardcore basketball fans searching for tickets like scavengers, while some of the lucky people who do win don’t even like basketball.”

Kowalsky speaks for many students(including your’s truly) when discussing his anger and hatred towards the online lottery. There are 2,600 student tickets available for home games at Gampel Pavilion, which means only 16% of students are lucky enough to attend one of the best events UConn has to offer. The online lottery system doesn’t allow the hardcore Husky fans the opportunity to EARN their tickets. UConn Basketball tickets are in such high demand, students should earn their tickets, which means allowing them to camp out and wait in line for “first-come, first-served” tickets.

The lottery allows students who don’t care about basketball or would rather make money off the demand for tickets, the chance to win and resell the tickets for much more than face value. “I wanted tickets so badly last year, and since i didn’t win in the lottery, I had to scalp the tickets for close to $200,” said Junior Caroline Stackhouse.

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The lottery just isn’t working here at UConn. The demand for tickets is too high because we produce top-quality basketball teams and students love to be a part of that. UConn is one of the few “Big Time Sports” schools(schools whose athletic programs bring in the majority of revenue to the university(ENTER JIM CALHOUN RANT HERE)) who does not have a “points-like” system that is used to disperse tickets, or who does not use the old “first-come, first-served” system.
Big athletic schools such as the University of Florida, University of South Carolina, UCLA, University of Texas, and the University of Maryland use a “points” system where students garner “points” by attending athletic events other than the big time sports(football and men’s basketball in most cases). The more “points” a student has when it comes time to buy tickets for the big time sports, the more likely he or she will recieve tickets. This means the hardcore fans earn their tickets to the big time sports, which means the student section will be filled with students who really care, who are really knowledgeable and who really support the teams. There won’t be any students showing up late or leaving early, which means the student section will be the best quality. It also means the attendance at the other athletic events will increase, creating a better atmosphere at those games. This system is a win-win for the students, athletic department and all athletic teams. UConn needs to take a look at a system similar to this because this online student lottery just isn’t cutting it anymore.
Student Section

As you can probably tell, I did not win tickets in the lottery once again this year, and this is my reaction to that unfortunate news. Anyway, I can’t wait for basketball season just like many of my fellow UConn students. Tickets or no tickets, I’ll still be cheering on my Huskies.

BUT IF YOU’RE SELLING TICKETS PLEASE LET ME KNOW 🙂

AND VOTE BELOW!

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The UConn ‘To Do List’ For The Bye Week

Randy EdsallThe Huskies have a bye week, meaning no game this weekend. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. The team will have an extra week to prepare for Big East play, which starts on October 10th when the team travels to the University of Pittsburgh. Here’s the “To Do List” for coach Randy Edsall and his Huskies this week:

1) REST UP and GET HEALTHY
The Huskies have been non-stop since the beginning of August, and this week should allow the team to take a step back and re-group as a team before heading into the bulk of Big East play. The team needs to rest up, and get healthy. The injuries have been adding up, so it’s an extra week to get the entire team healthy.

2) Speaking of Injuries…GET SCOTT LUTRUS HEALTHY
The Huskies’ best defensive player and captain, Scott Lutrus has not played since week one because of a “Stinger” in his shoulder. The Huskies have gone 2-1 without their leading tackler, but the team will need its big gun in the middle for Big East play, starting when the team travels to Pitt in two weeks. Scott Lutrus

3) Figure out the QB Situation
Zach Frazer was named the starter before the season started, and played in the first two games, but has been sidelined with a knee injury since the 3rd quarter of the North Carolina game. His injury has allowed Cody Endres to step in and lead the offense. And overall, Endres has done a great job. He has led the Huskies to two wins, including a tough road victory at Baylor in week 3. The most important stat for Cody Endres: 0 interceptions. Turnovers were costly for Fraser, but Endres has protected the ball for the most part. Against Rhode Island this past weekend, Endres threw for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns(the first two of his career).

Frazer’s health is still uncertain, so he still might not be able to play in two weeks. If he is healthy enough though, Randy Edsall will have a tough decision to make. The offense has looked a lot more in-sync the last two weeks and seems to be coming together and supporting Endres. But, Frazer did win the job at the beginning of the year and it shouldn’t be taken away from him just because of injury. TOUGH CALL FOR SURE. Coach Edsall has two weeks to decide. Zach Frazer Cody Endres

4) Learn to Hold on to the Ball
The Huskies had seven fumbles against Rhode Island. That stat ended up not mattering, but when the team gets into conference play it WILL matter. The team fumbled punt returns, punts, receptions, and Endres had the ball knocked out a few times. These things can not happen when the team plays tougher opponents.

5) Find a Go-To Reciever
Michael Smith had a great performance against Rhode Island(8 catches for over 80 yards), but is he the go to guy? Not sure, as it was his first big game of the year. Senior Brad Kanuch has had a decent year so far, but nothing to special. The four-star recruit Dwayne Difton has been relatively quiet. Isiah Moore has been the most consistent, but no touchdowns.
Isiah Moore
So far, 13 different players have a catch this year, which is good because it shows depth. However, that go-to guy that every quarterback loves is still to be determined. The Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, or Reggie Wayne for this team has yet to be indentified. The ball is still up in the air for who will take control of the recieving game for the Huskies.

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Endres, Huskies Blow Out Rhode Island: Story and UWIRE Video

Cody Endres vs. Rhode Island The UConn Huskies made it look easy on Saturday. The Huskies tailed 488 yards of total offense in a 52-10 route of the Rhode Island Rams. Quarterback Cody Endres threw for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns in his second start of the season. It was the most passing yards in a game for a Husky quarterback in the past 2 years. Endres’ first touchdown pass to running back Andre Dixon, was the first career touchdown pass.

While Endres had a career day, he had plenty of help from his running backs, as Dixon and Jordan Todman had big days once again. Dixon finished with 98 yards on the ground to go along with his touchdown catch. Todman ran for 70 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day. Reciever Mike Smith lead the recievers with 8 catches for 82 yards. True freshman reciever Mike Lang caught the second Endres’ touchdown pass, a 50 yard catch that was Lang’s first career touchdown.

While the offense was the story of the day, the defense got the job done once again. Rhode Island was held to just 148 yards of total offense. The defense was once again without starting linebacker Scott Lutrus who is still recovering from a “stinger” injury.

The Huskies improve to 3-1 on the season, and will have a much needed bye week this upcoming before starting Big East play on October 10th, when the team travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Pitt Panthers.

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Randy Edsall to Coach His 122 Game at UConn on Saturday

EdsallCoach Randy Edsall will become the longest tenured coach in UConn football histoy this Saturday when the Huskies take on Rhode Island. Edsall’s 60 career wins is third in school histoy. This is his 11th year leading the Huskies, making him the 9th longest tenured coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

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Scott Lutrus Questionable for Rhode Island Game on Saturday

LutrusScott Lutrus’ status for Saturday’s game is still uncertain as we head closer to kick-off. The “stinger” he suffered late in the season opener against Ohio, has kept him off the field the last two weeks. Coach Randy Edsall said the team is going to be cautious with Lutrus and will not rush him back.

Lutrus is itching to get back on the field. “It’s been frustrating on the sidelines, I’m not used to being there,” said Lutrus.

The team hopes to have their linebacker and captain back by October 10th, when the Huskies travel to Pittsburg to take on the Panthers, in the conference opener.

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Dynamic Duo Video: Dixon, Todman Lead Huskies

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Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman are a great one-two-punch for the UConn Huskies. Here’s a video on the dynamic duo.

Running Back Duo a Hit at UConn: UWIRE and ESPNU Video

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Gameday at UConn Video

Rentschler FieldThe fan experience at UConn for football games is lively and a lot of fun. Here’s an inside look at football games at The Rent.

Gamday at UConn: UWIRE and ESPNU Video

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UConn, Dixon Travel to Texas and Beat Baylor

Andre Dixon vs. BaylorComing off a very dissapointing lost to North Carolina, the Huskies really needed a victory when it made the long trip to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor University out of the BIG 12 Conference, this past Saturday. The Huskies were led by senior running back Andre Dixon, who had 3 touchdowns and carried the ball 31 times for 149 yards to lead the Huskies to a 30-22 win over the Bears.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Endres made his first start of the season and the third of his career, as he filled in for injured starter Zach Fraser. Endres was 12 of 23 in the air for 147 yards. The most important stat for Endres was Zero interceptions. Turnovers have been killing the husky offense all season, especially at the quarterback position.

Jordan Todman also ran for over a 100 yards, giving the Huskies two players to rush for over a 100 yards in the same game, for the second time this season. The duo also did it in the season opener against Ohio.

The win improved the Huskies record to 2-1 on the year. The team will host Rhode Island this Saturday in the second home game of the year. Kick-off is at Noon, and the game can be seen on ESPN360.com.

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UConn Students’ Opinions on Having to Travel to the Rent for Home Football Games

The link below is to a video I produced on students’ opinions on having to travel to East Hartford, CT for HOME football games.

UWIRE Video

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Todman, Dixon help UConn Win Season Opener

Despite a shaky performance by new starting quarterback Zach Fraser, the University of Connecticut was able to hold of the Ohio University in the opening game of the 2009 season.

Donald Brown no longer plays for the huskies, leaving Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon to man the backfield this fall. Both players had great debuts as they both rushed for over 100 yards against Ohio. Todman led the way with 157 yards on 25 carries, and Dixon had 100 yards on 19 carries.

The game was also the debut of the new offensive system for the huskies under new offensive coordinator Joe Morehead. The new offense was supposed to improve the usual dismal passing game that UConn has been known for over the past few years. Quarterback Zach Fraser had an up and down night as he threw three interceptions to go along with two touchdowns. The running game was once again the bread-and-butter, even in the new offense.

The Huskies are 1-0 and will look to improve on their performance next Saturday when #21 North Carolina comes to the Rent. The Tar Heels beat the huskies 38-12 last year down in Chapel Hill, so the Huskies will be looking for revenge this time around. Kickoff is at noon and the game can be seen on ESPNU.

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