Collier makes impression on USA’s Staley

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Dawn Staley has been a part of USA Basketball for more than 20 years. The 2013 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee won Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000, and 2004 as a player and was an assistant coach on the team that won gold in 2008.

So the University of South Carolina head coach and assistant to Geno Auriemma on the United States squad that will take part in the 2014 FIBA world championships has seen it all. This summer, she watched a young player in her debut in international play make a strong first impression.
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Nurse learning from experience of a lifetime

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kia Nurse was two years old when Sue Bird made her debut for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

No wonder the United States national team’s point guard and three-time Olympic gold medalist feels her age when she looks across the court at the UConn freshman and point guard for Team Canada.
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NY natives Bird, Charles, Hartley recall events of 9/11

By Carl Adamec

Tina Charles grew up in Jamaica, Queens. Like Charles, Sue Bird graduated from Christ the King High in Middle Village. Like Bird, Bria Hartley grew up on Long Island — Hartley in North Babylon, Bird in Syosset.

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania, the three former University of Connecticut women’s basketball team All-Americans will continue their bids to earn spots on the United States national team that will take part in the 2014 FIBA world championships. They will participate in Thursday’s USA Basketball Showcase — a scrimmage involving the 17 candidates at the Team USA camp — at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.
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UConn nixes logo use with Coors Light

UConn has told IMG, a marketing partner that pays the school $8 million per year for its marketing rights, to take down four billboards in Connecticut that feature the UConn logo and a Coors Light bottle (Hartford Courant, Sept. 10).

The billboards, that are located on I-84 and I-91, say the “Huskies love the cold” with a Coors Light bottle and a silver football with the UConn logo on it.

IMG College controls UConn’s marketing rights and has contracted with Coors Light in a college football marketing campaign. IMG has many other colleges in its portfolio. The school is not directly contracting with the Coors Brewing Company.

In statements to the Hartford Courant, Director of Athletics Warde Manuel addressed the arrangement.

“That sponsorship allows for Coors to use licensed trademarks of university athletic programs around the country marketed by IMG — UConn being one such program — in promoting UConn products,” Manuel said.

UConn President Susan Herbst and Board of Trustees Chairman Larry McHugh also released a joint statement on the billboard:

“Whatever the intention was, we believe that these billboards sent the wrong message and are pleased that they are being taken down. Adults are free to drink responsibly, but UConn cannot appear to endorse drinking among our students, particularly if they are under 21.”


 

Report: Tennessee didn’t call out Geno

By Carl Adamec

Don’t blame Tennessee this time.

Dan Fleser of the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported Monday that the University of Tennessee was not the school that contacted the NCAA over UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s phone call to Little League World Series baseball star Mo’ne Davis. The call led to a NCAA deciding that Auriemma had committed a secondary rules violation.

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Mo’ne on Geno: He was just congratulating me

By Carl Adamec

Mo’ne Davis won’t be a freshman in college for five years. But she’s already learning a lesson on how the NCAA works.

Davis, the Philadelphia-area Little League baseball star, said in an Associated Press story Friday she was sad that UConn and Geno Auriemma had been cited by the NCAA for a secondary rules violation over the Hall of Fame coach’s congratulatory phone call last month. The 13-year-old was a guest of the WNBA on Friday at its annual luncheon, which honored retiring player and future San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, retiring Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn and political strategist Donna Brazile.

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