Huskies pick up VCU transfer Larrier

Terry Larrier, a transfer from VCU, has committed to transfer to UConn after one year.

Terry Larrier, a transfer from VCU, has committed to transfer to UConn after one year.

John F. Silver

UConn coach Kevin Ollie continues to bring in impact players on the transfer route. This one, however, will have to wait a year.

VCU transfer Terry Larrier has committed to play for UConn and coach Kevin Ollie per scout.com’s Evan Daniels. 

The reason is Kevin Ollie:

“My relationship with Kevin Ollie,” Larrier told Scout. “He recruited me in high school and our relationship is real good.”

“He’s just a good dude,” he added. “He’s a stand up dude. We talk all the time. I think he’s done a gooo job with the UConn program. I’m excited to go to UConn.”

Larrier,  6-foot-7 forward, chose UConn over Maryland. Larrier had left VCU after Shaka Smart too the head coaching job at Texas. As a freshman, Larrier averaged 6.6 points in 18.5 minutes per game.

UConn is also bringing in a pair of fifth-year transfers this season in Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller.

Gibbs and Miller are eligible immediately as college graduates going into a Masters program. Larrier wil have to sit out a year and have three years of eligibility remaining.


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American football championship details announced

John F. Silver

the first American Athletic Conference Championship game will be held on Dec. 5 at noon at a campus site the league announced on Thursday.

PrintThe league meetings are set this week for the American in Florida and with the inclusion of Navy into the conference this fall, the league will hold a championship game between both divisional winners.

The game will be noon and televised on either ABC or ESPN.

The American East Division will consist of UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple.

The West division will be Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.

The division champions will be teams with the highest winning percentage in all league games. A two-team tie within a division will result in a head-to-head tiebreaker determination.

The championship game will be at the home of the team with the best conference record. If there is a tie, head-to-head winner will host. If the teams did not play, the best overall regular season record would host the championship.

“We are pleased to finalize the details of the first American Athletic Conference Football Championship, which will feature two outstanding and deserving teams,” commissioner Mike Aresco. “We considered a number of different tiebreaker models to determine which teams would play for the conference championship, but in the end, we feel that performance on the field was the best way to proceed.”

 


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UConn FB opener to be on SNY

John F. Silver

The UConn football team will kick off the 2015 season on Thursday night Sept. 3 against FCS power Villanova on SNY.

The league announced additional game times for the football season starting with UConn and Villanova on SNY.

UConn will also host East Carolina on Oct 30 on ESPNU as the league goes through its first season as a 12-team league with a championship game.

Other televised games already scheduled for TV include Friday Oct. 2 at BYU on ESPN/ESPN2.

Here’s the full composite schedule with determined TV times for the American.

2015 composite schedule


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UConn makes the APR grade

John F. Silver

UConn had 13 of its sports teams that gained a perfect Academic Progress Rating for the 2013-14 academic calendar including men’s basketball.

The NCAA released single-year scores and four-year multi-year scores.

The men’s basketball team — once banned for a low APR — had its second straight perfect 1,000 and has a multi-year mark of 983.

The UConn women’s basketball team had 975 and a 4-year average of 982.

The football team also made the cut with a multi-year score of 960, eight points higher than the Division I average.

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UConn’s finances run in the red in AAC

John F. Silver

UConn is a power school without a power home.

The Huskies have won national championships in men’s and women’s basketball in the last two years, are upgrading hockey to Hockey East and generally are considered on the on deck circle of Power 5 status.

But what does that mean?

UConn’s spending like a Power 5 school, but with revenue streams that are drying up and no lucrative TV rights fees to come, the gap between the Power 5 and the rest continues to grow.

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5 questions with USA Basketball’s Carol Callan

By Carl Adamec

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Carol Callan has been the Women’s National Team Director for USA Basketball since 1996. In that role, she is responsible for all USA Basketball women’s team programs, including competitions, trials, training camps, and serves as a liaison to women’s competition committees.

During USA Basketball’s U-16 national team trials at the United States Olympic Training Center, Callan took time out to answer five questions.
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Espinoza-Hunter named to USA U-16 team

By Carl Adamec

After four days of trials for USA Basketball’s U-16 national team, Andra Espinoza-Hunter will get on a plane late Monday and study for her final exams at Blair Academy.

On the court, the University of Connecticut’s Class of 2017 commit passed one of the toughest tests of her young career.

Espinoza-Hunter was named to the 12-player U-16 squad Monday morning at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Team USA will return to the USOTC next month for a training camp before heading to Puebla, Mexico, for the for the FIBA Americas U-16 tournament that will be held June 24-28.
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