UConn’s recent NFL Draft success

Byron Jones is set for a big weekend as he and several teammates will hear their names called at the NFL Draft in Chicago.

Byron Jones is set for a big weekend as he and several teammates will hear their names called at the NFL Draft in Chicago.

John F. Silver

UConn has the star, the potential mid-round steal and a potential sleeper pick on the way in the 2015 draft.

That’s become par for the course.

What happens in the next three days, starting on Thursday at the NFL Draft in Chicago, will certainly add to what’s become a surprising legacy for UConn players.

The Huskies have gone 5-19 over the last two years and are 10-33 the last four years.

Of the players who played on those teams the last four years, eight players have been drafted by NFL teams and there will be more added to the fold starting Thursday.

Byron Jones, who has become the breakout star of the combine and the pre-draft workout process, could very well be a first round pick on Thursday night and is in attendance in Chicago.  Jones has the potential to the first UConn player taken in the first round since Donald Brown was the Colts’ first pick – No. 27 overall — in 2008.

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A look back at UConn’s 2015 national champs

By Carl Adamec

Three teams at the NCAA Final Four cut down nets after winning their respective regional titles. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team doesn’t bring out the scissors until the national championship is won.

And the Huskies proved again to be a cut above.

The journey wasn’t always smooth and UConn lost an early-season game to Stanford. But the Huskies got the ending they wanted three weeks ago by beating Notre Dame 63-53 at Amalie Arena in Tampa for their straight NCAA title and record 10th overall.
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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.

 

 


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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.

 


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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.


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