Monthly Archives: October 2010

Busy Day For UConn Sports

What seemed like a normal Wednesday in October, has actually been a pretty busy day for UConn Sports news.

Basketball

The day started down in New York City at the Big East Conference Basketball Media Day. All of the 16 Big East coaches and select players traveled to the Big Apple and Madison Square Garden for the annual event. However, UConn found themselves in a not so familiar position as they were picked to finish 10th in the preseason rankings. “Well, I got a chance to be coach of the year,” head coach Jim Calhoun joked about the Huskies’ position. “We’re the most unknown team in the league,” he said, “I truly believe that.”

Last year UConn was picked to finish third in the conference, but ended the season near the bottom of the league. Calhoun and his Huskies hope to change that this year. “It’s not if you get knocked down, it’s if you get up and how you do,” Calhoun said.

Pittsburgh was picked to win the Big East.

There was one bright spot for UConn Basketball today, as Junior Point Guard Kemba Walker was selected the preseason All-Big East 1st Team. He was voted to the second-team last year as a sophomore.

 
Football

The football team delivered some bad news today, as it was announced that starting quarterback, junior Cody Endres, has been suspended for the rest of the year. Reports are that the suspension is due to violations of university substance abuse policies. Endres was suspended early this season, missing the first three games. Since taking over for Zach Frazer in the second half of the Buffalo game, Endres has played pretty well. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 471 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions while going 1-1 as a starter.

Redshirt Freshman Michael Box is currently listed 2nd on the depth chart, and will most likely make his first career start Saturday when the Huskies travel to Louisville. Senior Zach Frazer, who was the starter before Endres, might be in the running to make his way back on the field as well. Head Coach Randy Edsall will have a lot to think about before kick-off on Saturday.

The Huskies, who are currently 3-3 (0-1 in the Big East), have been nothing but inconsistent all year, and have yet to live up to the high expectations set forth at the beginning of the season. With six games left in the season, UConn needs wins, and needs them fast if they hope to make a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season.

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One Year Later: UConn Still Dealing With the Loss of Jasper Howard

Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Jasper Howard. A rising star in the Big East, with NFL aspirations, Howard’s life was cut short on October 18, 2009 when he was stabbed to death outside UConn’s Student Union. The tragedy became nationwide news, as the story of Howard and his background became widely publicized. His teammates, along with the entire UConn community, came together as a collective to make sure he would be remembered and never forgotten. A memorial has been put up in the Burton Family Football Complex on campus, with Howard’s famous words spoken hours before his death in the center: “You have to play each play like it’s the last play you’ll ever play.”

The one they called “Jazz” will continue to be remembered by the UConn community, as #6 t-shirts are still a popular choice of clothing at UConn sporting events.

The Howard family, including the daughter he never got to meet, Ja’Miya, are still dealing with the loss, but have been in a better place since the police charged John Lomax III, 22, of Bloomfield, with murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. A trial date has not been set; Lomax is next scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court Oct. 29.

So on this one year anniversary, here’s a tribute video to Howard. RIP #6

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UConn Football “Four Downs” Segment – Rutgers Game

Four topics on UConn Football…

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