Latest UConn Sports news and notes from the past few weeks:
– Jeff Hathaway, the director of athletics at UConn, has been appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee for the 2011-12 academic year. Hathaway's term as chair will begin in September 2011. He is beginning his fourth year on the panel this year. Hathaway will succeed Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith, who will chair the committee for the 2010-11 season. Hathaway just completed his seventh year as director of athletics at Connecticut after being the executive associate director of athletics at the school from 1990 to 2001.
– D.J. Shoemate, a 6-0, 225-pound, tailback from Corona, Calif., will enroll at the University of Connecticut and play for the Husky football team this fall. Shoemate transfers to Connecticut after spending his first two years at the University of Southern California. Shoemate will be eligible to play at UConn immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining.
“Shoemate will be able to compete for playing time at running back, but with a reliable starter already in place, with Jordan Todman, Shoemate will most likely be used as a back-up running back or could even be put outside once-in-awhile at receiver, which was something he did at USC.
Head Coach Randy Edsall is excited to have Shoemate, who was an ESPN 150 recruit coming out of high school.
An outstanding athlete and very good person…He is a tailback, going to be a tailback,” said Edsall. “My job as a coach…we’re always trying to better our team with young men who can get it done in the classroom but also have athletic ability that we’re looking for. D.J. fit that bill. He will have an opportunity to compete for playing time.”
– UConn Football has received three more commitments for the Class of 2011.
* Taariq Allen – WR, 6-3 180, (Weston, MA)
* Kamal Abrams – ATH, 6-0 172, (Dover, DE)
* Wilbert Lee – Safety, 6-2 2-5, (Brooklyn, NY)
– Quarterback Zach Frazer has been placed on the Unitas Golden Arm Watch List. The award is given annually to the nation’s top senior quarterback.
– Season Ticket sales for UConn Football are around 23,000 as reported by the Courant’s Desmond Conner. There are only 200 Student Section tickets still available. Only a month and a half before the season starts.