Tuesday presser: What will future offense look like?

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

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

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — When UConn took the field in early August UConn head coach Bob Diaco planned on having Casey Cochran at quarterback and a powerful pro-style offense,  

The running game, with two tight ends, would be mostly a power pro-style offense that liked to get the ball vertical with big plays. Cochran was a quick-decision making quarterback and the Huskies had some receivers to do it.

The plan was for Tim Boyle to redshirt and the offensive line to develop on the fly.

UConn goes into its final two games of the season with Boyle starting at quarterback, Cochran coaching the tight ends and exploring a career in sports media and the offense going three wide receivers and mostly out of the shotgun.

That’s what happen when things go awry. That’s what happens during a 2-8 season.

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Recap: West Virginia 78 – UConn 68

Result: West Virginia knocked off UConn in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Classic 78-68 on Sunday night in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Need to Know: UConn committed 19 turnovers, was 3 of 17 from 3-point range, was 9 of 18 from the free throw line. That’s how you lose to an athletic and physical West Virginia team. West Virginia’s full court pressure defense bothered the Huskies and turned into points. The Huskies had 21 turnovers, and eight from freshman Daniel Hamilton.  Juwan Staten had 21 points for West Virginia which led by 15 at the half and held on. Ryan Boatright had 17 points, Daniel Hamilton 15 and Kentan Facey 10. The problem was the shooting guard slot. Rodney Purvis injured a foot, tried to play through it, but was in effective with zero points on three shots. Sam Cassell Jr. was 2 of 9 shooting, Terrence Samuel 4 of 10. Omar Calhoun, who was doubtful to play, was suspended anyway, though the Huskies could have used his shooting. It’s not an awful loss for UConn, but it’s a wake–up call. The Huskies weren’t ready for the energy and pressure of West Virginia and it took some time to get acclimated.

Links: Box score | Recap

Next up: The Huskies have a week off before they take on Texas at Gampel Pavilion on Nov. 30.

 

UConn Field Hockey wins national title

John F. Silver

UConn won its second consecutive national title with a 1-0 win over Syracuse in College Park, Maryland on Saturday.

The lone score came in the first half, a goal by McKenzie Townsend on an assist from Anna Middendorf proved to be the difference.

Long-time coach Nancy Stevens has second national title in more than two decades at UConn (21-3). She took over the program in 1990.  UConn has four national titles, 1981, 1985, and then 2013 and now 2014.

Postgame News and Notes: No relief at home

Tim Boyle is sacked by Cincinnati during a 41-0 loss. USA TODAY.

Tim Boyle is sacked by Cincinnati during a 41-0 loss. USA TODAY.

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Bob Diaco promises to win here.

He did it again on Saturday, saying that a championship will be built here.

Diaco said he is honored to coach here and that he would make the decision again 200 times.

Maybe he had to convince himself once again. No one would blame him for doubts, especially after Saturday night’s 41-0 loss .

It was a historic loss for UConn. The Huskies had only 129 yards of offense — tied for the lowest in its FBS tenure (2005 West Virginia) — and had three turnovers.

It’s just not happening in year 1 under Diaco. The Huskies are 2-8, are lost on offense, and aren’t even a complete team at this point.

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Ashiru, Abrams leave football team

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD — UConn junior linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, a long-time starter that has lost time to freshman Junior Joseph, left the team late this week for undisclosed reasons.  

The Huskies also lost WR Kamal Abrams, who left the team during the bye week. Both departures was confirmed by a UConn official.

Ashiru had started seven of nine games this season and was fourth on the team in tackles with 27. He had 58 tackles as a sophomore.

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UConn football: Boyle waiting in the wings

 Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (left) and quarterback Tim Boyle (right) warm up before the start of the game against the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (left) and quarterback Tim Boyle (right) warm up before the start of the game against the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. –Deshon Foxx has three games left in his career. Tim Boyle? He has two years remaining.  

The two are going different ways.

Boyle is the future. No other quarterback on the roster has the skills and talent that Boyle has.

Foxx?

His career will end with the unusual distinction of never having attended a bowl game. As the only four year, four year player, Foxx is the only one who didn’t even attend a bowl game.

The two have different outlooks on things with Cincinnati coming on on Saturday night.

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Tuesday presser: Diaco talks future

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — UConn head coach Bob Diaco doesn’t have any answers right now.

He asked if there were any questions for him during his weekly media day teleconference.

There weren’t many questions, and fewer good ones.

The truth is, there isn’t much to talk about right now for the 2-7 UConn football team.

That number kind of hangs around the weight of the program . It isn’t unexpected, not in the least and certainly not from me. Diaco has warned of the problems with this team since I talked in his office in June. Every issue has played out.

Diaco never promised wins this year. Never. There are reasons why winning was going to be difficult this season and all of it, experience, physical development, depth and scheme have all come back to haunt the Huskies at one time or the other. That us how building from the ground up looks like.

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