Chiefs’ Sherman comes home

John F. Silver

STORRS — Pro Day wasn’t only for future NFL players.
Anthony Sherman, a UConn alum who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, was back on campus visiting during Pro Day on Tuesday.

Anthony Sherman, a UConn alum who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, was back on campus visiting during Pro Day on Tuesday.

Current NFL players took in some of the action.

Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman was also back at UConn making a trip to see his old stomping grounds.

Sherman was a captain on the 2010 Fiesta Bowl team and was drafted in the sixth round of the Cardinals. He was traded to the Chiefs and is considered one of the best fullbacks in the NFL and a special team’s stalwart.

Sherman, who is married and has a young baby boy, wants to remain connected to the program. Coming to pro day was also a last chance to see players he played with while here.

Players such as Byron Jones (Sherman still remembers his jumping ability) and Geremy Davis were redshirts on that team.

“I just wanted to come back and see some guys,” Sherman said. “This is the last group where I knew some guys. I came to town and figured would come and see the facility.”

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Auriemma concerned about 2016 in Indy

By Carl Adamec

ALBANY, N.Y. — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is among those who have called on the NCAA to consider moving the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to an Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.

University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, while supportive, wouldn’t quite make that call Monday night saying “I don’t get to make that decision” after his Huskies reached their eighth consecutive Final Four with a 91-70 win over Dayton at the Times Union Center. To say he’s concerned, though, is an understatement.
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UConn coaches will not go to Final Four because of Indiana law

John F. Silver

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has instituted a travel ban for state employees to Indiana in response to Indiana’s religious freedom law.  

That ban will be followed by UConn men’s basketball coaches.

UConn and its coaches will not attend the Final Four in Indianapolis this week, or the subsequent coaches convention, to protest the law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement that UConn coaches will not be in attendance.

“In support of Governor Malloy’s travel ban to the state of Indiana, Kevin Ollie and other members of the UConn men’s basketball staff will not travel to Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four and events surrounding it. UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of repsect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior.”

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UConn Pro Day draws a crowd

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn — There were 29 NFL teams, 59 coaches/scouts, ESPN, the NFL Network, and two head coaches — Mike Zimmer from the Vikings and Chip Kelly from the Eagles.  

UConn was 2-10 last year, has missed a bowl game for four straight seasons, but the thought there was some athletic talent was put to rest long ago.

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Stewart, KML, Jefferson pick up AP honors

By Carl Adamec

Breanna Stewart is on her way to being named a consensus first-team All-American for the second straight year. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s junior forward just took a slightly different path this time around.

Stewart was named to the five-player Associated Press All-America first team and the United States Basketball Writers 10-player squad Tuesday. On Monday night, the North Syracuse, New York, native was selected to the five-player Wooden Award All-America club.
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