Power 5 moves closer to autonomy

John F. Silver

The Power 5 Conference have cleared another hurdle to having their own way.

The NCAA’s steering committee drafted a restructuring plan for college athletics that gives the Power 5 autonomy to make decisions on enhancing student-athletes’ benefits.

The board endorsed the restructuring process, which is aimed at allowing the division to be more nimble, streamlined and responsive to needs – particularly the needs of student-athletes – during its meeting Thursday in Indianapolis. The Steering Committee on Governance, made up of university presidents, drafted the restructuring plan.

“The model we sent to the membership today is not a final product,” said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, chair of the board and the steering committee. “Some aspects of the model remain under discussion, and we hope the membership will provide us further input.”

Here’s the full release from the NCAA.

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Brimah surgery set for Friday

John F. Silver

UConn freshman center Amida Brimah will have shoulder surgery on Friday that will take4to 5 months to recover from.

Brimah will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, a procedure that is similar to the one done on guard Rodney Purvis earlier this year.

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UConn men: An unsettled roster

John F. Silver

Earlier this month the UConn men won the national championship.

By the end of the month, we’ll know who they will have to get back there.

The Huskies’ roster remains in flux with NBA, transfers and graduation losses making a big unknown as to who actually will be on the roster.

The Huskies could have a team that is preseason ranked in the Top 10, to one that is unranked depending on how it all pans out.

The Huskies, of course, lose Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, Niels Giffey and Lazan Kromah as seniors.

On Sunday, the deadline for declaring for the NBA passes and there is no official word on the status of DeAndre Daniels (a possible first round pick) and G Ryan Boatright — who are both weighing options.

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Samuelson has “great” official visit to UConn

By Carl Adamec

At some point during her official visit to the University of Connecticut last weekend, there had to be a discussion between recruit Katie Lou Samuelson and her host, Huskies’ junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, about shooting the basketball.

The two not only a share a Mater Dei High connection, but they are the best 3-point shooters in the country at their respective levels.
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WR Phillips leaves team

John F. Silver

UConn WR Shakim Phillips is no longer on the UConn football team.

Reports yesterday surfaced online that he was in Boston visiting Boston College — a place he attended before transferring to UConn — and this morning head coach Bob Diaco confirmed to Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant that Phillips has moved on.

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Notebook: Dolson to meet Fallon on Tonight Show

By Carl Adamec

Two nights after the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its first national championship in 1995, Rebecca Lobo appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Two weeks and a day after the Huskies’ ninth title, Stefanie Dolson is on her way to New York. She will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday. The show airs beginning at 11:35 p.m. EDT.
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USA Basketball invites 39 to U-17 trials

By Carl Adamec

All 12 members of the gold-medal winning 2013 USA Basketball U-16 national team have accepted invitations to attend the trials for the United States U-17 squad that will participate in the FIBA world championships this summer.

Trials will be held May 22-26 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
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