Boley commits to Notre Dame

By Carl Adamec

Erin Boley admitted she was already thinking about joining the Notre Dame women’s basketball program. But when Irish coach Muffet McGraw and assistant Niele Ivey made a home visit Monday night, Boley took action.

Boley, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Hodgenville, Kentucky, gave McGraw a verbal commitment, choosing the Irish over UConn, Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
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Kevin Ollie to be given Ray Meyer College Coach Of Year Award

UConn men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie will be awarded the Ray Meyer College Coach Of Year Award by the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

According to the UConn press release, “In addition to Ollie, honored at the dinner will be Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell with the Gale Sayers Award, former Miami Dolphins lineman Bob Kuechenburg with The George Connor Award, along with Hall of Fame inductees Dave Diehl, Donovan McNabb, Johnny Musso and Tom Zbikowski from the world of football. From baseball, inductees include Goose Gossage and White Sox legend Minnie Minoso will receive a lifetime achievement award.”

The award is named for Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer, who coached DePaul for 42 years (1942-84) and compiled a 724-354 career record, still 17th on the all-time NCAA coaching list for total wins. Meyer’s teams won the NIT in 1945 and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1943 and 1979. He was the college coach of George Mikan, who went on to become the first of the great NBA big men. Meyer passed away in 2006.

Nurse sees big picture of UConn tradition

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — It was a picture that could tell more than a thousand words about the history of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program.

Prior to the start of Monday night’s exhibition game between the United States and Canadian national teams at Webster Bank Arena, eight people with ties to the Huskies posed for a photograph.
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Monday presser: OL struggles, DL manuvering

Kenton Adeyemi (95) is now the starter at defensive end for UConn. (Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/ USA Today Sports)

Kenton Adeyemi (95) is now the starter at defensive end for UConn. (Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/ USA Today Sports)

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — UConn will head down to Tampa, Florida on Friday night still focused on developing talent, but still very much in need of a win.  

The Huskies will try and do both this week.

UConn, 1-2 after a difficult 38-21 loss to Boise State on Saturday, face a South Florida team that is also 1-2 after getting thrashed by N.C. State last week.

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Pruitt, Paull give up football due to health concerns

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — UConn lost two more players due to injuries as defensive end Angelo Pruitt and offensive linemen Bryan Paull, are no longer with the program.

This comes a week after quarterback Casey Cochran also gave up football due to concussions.

Paull and Pruitt were both fifth year seniors, and in the case of Pruitt, a starter on the defensive side. Pruitt did not play the last two games due to injury.

As far as Paull, who never broke onto the two-deep in his career, his injury remains a mystery as an upper body injury.

Pruitt’s injury was called a lower leg injury and was described  by Diaco as chronic. Paull’s injury, and when it happened, was not divulged.

Diaco has declined to reveal more information citing privacy regulations and even the U.S. Constitution on Monday.

In place of Pruitt, Kenton Adeyemi is now the starter on the defensive end while redshirt freshman Cole Ormsby was moved to the defensive line where he may split snaps with starter BJ McBryde.

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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