Nov 22, 2014; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies quarterback Tim Boyle (14) at the line of scrimmage against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. Cincinnati defeated UConn 41-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn football 2015-2018 conference games announced

The American Athletic Conference announced the 2015-2018 conference schedule rotation on Thursday.

UConn’s 2015 home games in the conference will be against East Carolina, Houston, Navy and USF and the away games are UCF, Cincinnati, Temple and Tulane. The Huskies will not face Memphis, SMU or Tulsa. Dates of the games will be announced in early 2015.

The following is UConn’s rotation of conference games from 2015-2018:

Home: East Carolina, Houston, Navy, USF
Away: UCF, Cincinnati, Temple, Tulane
Does Not Play: Memphis, SMU, Tulsa

Home: UCF, Cincinnati, Temple, Tulane
Away: East Carolina, Houston, Navy, USF
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Commit No. 21: OL Nolan Ulizio, West Chester, Ohio

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UConn dined recruits on Friday night at the Huskies’ awards show and it paid off on Sunday with three commitments from those visits.  

The first of the day was OL Nolan Ulizio, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle from West Chester, Ohio. Ulizio fits in perfectly with what the Huskies are trying to do with big frames on players who can add weight. The Huskies have three offensive linemen in the class with New London, Connecticut guard Bryant Cespedes and Massachusetts prospect Matthew Peart.

The Huskies have three recruits in 2015 on the line, add to that G Ryan Crozier (starter), G Trey Rutherford, Steve Hashemi (who saw time at TE) and C Daniel Oak who redshirted, and the Huskies have seven linemen brought in last two years. Hashemi is still a T prospect and could be ticketed for a redshirt next year as he develops after playing in six games as a blocking tight end this year.

2015 commits

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Update: Huskies gain commits on weekend

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UConn added two more players to its 2015 recruiting class getting an offensive lineman and a pass rushing prospect.

The Huskies, who hosted a handful of recruits this weekend, received commitments from OL Nolan Ulizio from Lakota West High in West Chester, Ohio. Ulizio is 6-6, 285-pounds.

The Huskies also received a commitment from LB/DE Dallas Parker, 6-5, 230-pounds from Ponte Verda, Florida.  Parker projects as the pass rush OLB similar to the role Ruben Frank played this season.

The Huskies do have so more positions that they are looking for with tight end and a quarterback the main targets.

The Huskies also added a third player on Sunday with DE Kirk Livingstone of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida committing. Livingstone had over a dozen offers including Syracuse.  Livingstone would satisfy the DE/LB need for the class for the Huskies.

UConn football postseason awards

UConn held its postseason awards banquet on Friday night in Storrs with awards given to various members of the team.

Senior wide receiver Deshon Foxx was named the Offensive Player of the Year while redshirt junior Andrew Adams was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  Redshirt junior Junior Lee  was named the Special Teams Player of the Year.

Foxx started all 12 games for UConn at wide receiver and also saw time at quarterback. He had UConn’s longest rush (68 vs. UCF), reception (88 vs. East Carolina) and punt return (72 yards vs. Stony Brook) during the season – all scoring touchdowns.

Adams started all 12 games at safety, leading UConn with four interceptions and eight pass breakups and finished second on the squad with 96 tackles. He tied a program record with three interceptions in a win over UCF on Nov. 1 and returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown vs. SMU (Dec. 6). He recorded double-digit tackles in three games.

Other awards given out on Friday night were:

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American Bowl lineup set

The American Athletic Conference finalized its bowl schedule. The league, with three co-champs at 9-3 in Memphis, Cincinnati and UCF, didn’t get the G5 bid that rightfully went to Boise State.

Here’s how the bowl games ended up.

2014 American Athletic Conference Bowl Schedule

Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park • Miami, Fla.

Dec. 22 • 2 p.m. • ESPN

Memphis vs. Brigham Young

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl

Tropicana Field • St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dec. 26 • 8 p.m. • ESPN

UCF vs. North Carolina State

 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, Md.

Dec. 27 • 1 p.m. • ESPN

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas

Jan. 2 • Noon • ESPN

Houston vs. Pittsburgh

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field • Birmingham, Ala.

Jan. 3 • Noon • ESPN

East Carolina vs. Florida

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It’s not a bad schedule for the American. Memphis gets the Miami Beach Bowl, and Cincinnati and UCF get power conference opponents. BYU is also a good opponent in that game. In future years, the championship game should help and the league has to hope that perhaps one team can run the table and get to 11-2 or better. That would insure the G5 bid. It was bad news for Temple, which was eligible at 6-6 with a win on Saturday but did not get an invite. Seven wins is what’s needed now to get a bowl game in most years it would seem.

CFB Playoff set; not without controversy

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We got controversy in the first CFB Playoff.

No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State were joined with o. 4 Ohio State in the championship game.

Alabama will play Ohio State in the Sugarr Bowl and Oregon-Florida State in the Rose Bowl. Those are great matchups.

Left out….Baylor at No. 5 and TCU at No. 6.

The committee hurt itself here with the weekly rankings. Last week, TCU moved up to No. 3 with one week to go and then dropped to six after destroying Iowa State. It makes perfect sense. Not really.

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Football Postgame: Honeymoon is over

Connecticut Huskies cornerback John Green (right) breaks up a pass intended for Southern Methodist Mustangs wide receiver Darius Joseph (18) during the first half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies cornerback John Green (right) breaks up a pass intended for Southern Methodist Mustangs wide receiver Darius Joseph (18) during the first half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn head coach Bob Diaco talked one year ago when he took the job as football coach about his plans and desires.

He talked about winning games, physically and explosive football and promised a new era here at UConn. He did that without looking what he has as a team and set it in motion.

Two weeks shy of his anniversary date, Diaco stood at another press conference.

This one didn’t have the energy or fanfare of the opening press conference. This one was dead silent, uncomfortable really.

UConn finished up its season at 2-10. The kicker? A loss to previously winless Southern Methodist, at home, blowing a 14-point halftime lead in the process.  There are reasons for the loss — let’s start with five turnovers and end with 68 passing yards —  but that’s not what’s made it uncomfortable.

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