UConn football future opponents

John F. Silver

UConn and Syracuse are playing again on the football field, and after a couple of years of playing teams well outside the Northeast, it’s going to be a welcome sight.

UConn moved up to Division I-A largely to play in the Big East, and largely to play against Big East rivals Syracuse and Boston College (haven’t played since 2003). The Huskies, at one time, played Syracuse, Rutgers, West Virginia and Pittsburgh on its schedule.  Sprinkle a little Army and Navy on the schedule, a local FCS team, and then a major non-conference draw and the fans would come.

That was the promise.

We all know what conference realignment did to the Huskies. UConn’s biggest rival now — or at least closet — is Temple. Every other team it faces in conference is a plane ride in what seems like a world away.

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Report: UConn closing in on football series with Syracuse

John F. Silver

UConn and Syracuse haven’t met on the football since the old Big East days, but that appears to be coming to an end.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, UConn and Syracuse are closing in on a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2018. Syracuse would visit UConn in 2016 and the Huskies would head up to the Carrier Dome in 2018.

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Report: Ollie pulls out of consideration for OKC job

John F. Silver

UConn’s Kevin Ollie has pulled himself out of consideration for the Oklahoma City Thunder job in the NBA per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

The Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday and despite a statement that he had “no plans to pursue other offers“, Ollie’s name continued to be mentioned as a leading candidate for the Thunder job.

Ollie just completed his third year as head coach at UConn and has a $5 million buyout that drops to $4 million on June 1. Ollie’s buyout for an NBA team decreases to $1 million in June of 2016.

 

 

Update: Ollie to OKC talk

John F. Silver

UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie released on a statement this morning in response to speculation that the Oklahoma City Thunder will pursue him as head coach if they fire current coach Scott Brooks.

Ollie, 42, signed a contract extension at UConn last year after winning the national title in his second year.

“As I have said many times, I am proud and honored to be the head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and I have no plans to pursue other opportunities. We are already excited about next season and I am looking forward to preparing our team to be the best we can be on the court, in the classroom, and in our community.”

Despite that statement, rumors continued to swirl about Ollie’s coaching status.

The Thunder did indeed fire Scott Brooks on Wednesday afternoon.

Ollie and Florida coach Billy Donovan are the two most mentioned candidates.

There is also Ollie giving telling a recruit he isn’t going anywhere.

 

McQuillan arrested after weekend altercation

John F. Silver

UConn tight end Sean McQuillan was arrested over the weekend after an alleged off-campus fight.

McQuillan got in an altercation, and according to police, allegedly assaulted another person and inflicted significant facial injuries.  The UConn student newspaper the Daily Campus was the first to report the news. 

He was charged with Assault in the second degree, a Class D felony, and Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor. He was released after posting $5,000 surety bond.

McQuillan appeared in court on Monday and according to court records, is due again in Rockville Superior Court on May 21.

McQuillan was one of the top performers in UConn’s recently completed spring practice and was a potential captain of the team.

UConn released a statement on the matter Tuesday night.

“The athletic department is aware of the situation and we will wait for the judicial process to take its full course. In the meantime, Sean has a responsibility to finish out the semester academically,” said Mike Enright, a spokesman for the department.

UConn, Kansas State agree to series

By Carl Adamec

A trip to Manhattan has meant a game at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

That will change as UConn and Kansas State have agreed to a home-and-home starting next season. The Wildcats will visit the Huskies on Nov. 23, 2015, with UConn traveling to Manhattan, Kansas, during the 2016-17 season.
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UConn’s Kevin Ollie being ‘seriously considered’ for OKC job

John F. Silver:

From Adam Zagoria.

Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

Kevin Ollie, who led the UConn Huskies to their fourth NCAA championship in 2014, is being “seriously considered” for the Oklahoma City head coaching job, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

Ollie teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and remains close with GM Sam Presti. Ollie is considered to be one of the keys to convincing Durant to remain in Oklahoma City after he enters free agency in 2016, the source said.

Yahoo! Sports recently reported that Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will be evaluated before he is brought back for his guaranteed year in 2015-16. The Thunder hold a team option on Brooks for 2016-17, Yahoo! reported.

The Thunder missed the playoffs this season for the first time in six years.

In May 2014, Ollie agreed to a five-year contract extension at UConn worth $15 million. Prior to that, he had…

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