GEICO SportsNite: UConn’s victory parade

The UConn men’s and women’s teams returned home to Hartford for a victory parade to celebrate both teams’ National Championship titles.

Thoughts on the spring: Whitmer’s return

Kamal Abrams catches a touchdown pass on Saturday at Rentschler Field. (UConn Communications)

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The first thing Bob Diaco wanted to do, no, the first thing Diaco HAD to do at the University of Connecticut was change how people felt.  

It didn’t start with the media, it didn’t start with the fans. It started with the locker room.

Losing has a way of bringing out the worse in people.  When millions of dollars are on the line, when things go bad, it gets bad everywhere.

Chandler Whitmer didn’t want to do that again. He was benched after and 0-4 start — not really his fault — about wasted away. He never wanted to put with this and when the season ended he had every choice.

He was graduating, so he could have transferred to any Division I school out there as a graduate student. An experienced quarterback on the market? It would have been a free for fall.  He could have just given up football and entered life as he puts it.

Or, he could have stayed at UConn.

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UConn ends the spring

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – On Monday the University of Connecticut won the men’s basketball NCAA national championship. On Tuesday, Connecticut won the women’s championship.

On Saturday, the Connecticut football team debuted under first-year coach Bob Diaco at the annual Blue and White Spring Game.

Talk about a tough act to follow.

Chandler Whitmer continues to make a bid to win his old job back as he threw for 163 yards and a touchdown at the annual Blue and White Spring game before roughly 7,000 fans at Rentschler Field on Saturday.

The White team defense defeated the Blue offense 46-37 led by linebacker Jon Hicks’ eight tackles. Defensive end Angelo Pruitt added a sack and a tackle for a loss as did B.J. McBryde, who had a sack and a tackle for a loss.

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Spring Spotlight: Quarterbacks

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn quarterbacks will have their final practice of the spring today with the Blue and White game.

Right now, Casey Cochran and Chandler Whitmer are the 1 and 2 with Tim Boyle three according to QB coach Don Patterson.

Cochran’s intelligence and decision-making has been the difference this spring.

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Stanford’s Ogwumike wins Wooden Award

By Carl Adamec

Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named the 2014 John R. Wooden Award winner Friday night at the Wooden Award Gala in Los Angeles.

Voting took place March 12-25. Ogwumike received 774 points, followed by Wade Trophy winner Odyssey Sims of Baylor with 761 points. UConn’s Breanna Stewart, who won the Naismith Award and was the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year, was third with 732 points. Rounding out the top were Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride (562) and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas (509). The five players make up the 2014 Wooden Award All-America team.
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UConn women’s incredible championship run

Kara Wolters and Meghan Culmo join Gary Apple to discuss the UConn women’s basketball team’s incredible run to the NCAA championship.

Ollie Will Huddle With Daniels, Boatright on Future Plans; Coach Recruiting in Jersey Off NCAA Championship

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DeAndre DanielsROSELLE, N.J. — UConn coach Kevin Ollie plans to huddle next week with juniors DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright about their future plans.

Originally projected as a 2015 NBA Draft pick, the 6-foot-9 Daniels helped his stock with a strong NCAA Tournament and may opt to declare this year. The 6-foot Boatright is not projected to get drafted and should probably return to the reigning national champions.

“We’re trying to get them finishing school so they can have their options of coming back if they decide to,” Ollie told of Daniels and Boatright. “I know they’re going to be thinking it over with their family and I’m going to be there for them either way they go. They’re always going to have a home in Connecticut, so if they do decide to come back we’re going to take them with open arms. If they decide to go, I’m going to…

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