Friday, September 30, 2011

I'm back from Ros Hashanah now. Post should now resume as normal.

Football: The Huskies will be hosting the Western Michigan Broncos at 3:30 PM on Saturday. That game will air on SNY and will be on for those not in blacked out areas. Check out this release for more info. If it's on TV in your area, you can't watch it online. Thankfully, the Mets cant preempt us anymore since their season is over.

Men's Soccer: Huge showdown this weekend as the Huskies travel to Cardinal Park in Louisville, Kentucky to face the #8/#9 Cardinals. The defending Big East regular and postseason champions fell 1-0 to Notre Dame in their Big East opener and do not want to start 0-2. On the other hand, the Huskies had a close call against Yale on Tuesday night and want to prove they do deserve the #1 ranking. WHUS has confirmed the broadcast, however Louisville may or may not be webstreaming video. Check back online at here to find out.

Women's Soccer: In what has gone from a highly anticipated matchup to a showdown of two disappointing teams, the Huskies will play on ESPNU tonight to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Huskies handed the Iris their first Big East loss in over 100 games last year in the Big East semifinal, but since then they have both struggled. The Irish became unranked this week And the Huskies are 4-4-2 overall and 1-1-2 in conference. They are tied for fifth place in the American Division, but after West Virginia and Marquette, there are four teams separated by a single point. So it's up for grabs. The Irish are 1-2-1 in Big East and 4-5-2 overall.

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies defeated the Politically Correct Minutewomen of UMass 4-1 on Wednesday under the lights at Sherman.  Marie Eliene Bolles scored two goals and added two assists. The Huskies are now 8-1 on the season and will host #19 Louisville in a crucial Big East showdown on Saturday at noon. It's probably more crucial for the Cardinals than the Huskies since a loss drops them to 0-2 in conference (sound familiar?) but they've already lost to Syracuse. And if either of the "Big Three" loses to the other two during the regular season, they're not going to the NCAA Tournament unless they win the conference tournament. And they're certainly not hosting a regional if that happens. And we don't host the Orange until October 23, in the penultimate Big East game of the season. After that we travel to Rutgers, which should be an easy win, and also to Princeton, who is having a down year. So basically, if we lose to Louisville, we're counting on beating Syracuse. And we can't be counting on that for the whole season. It's no guarantee and it will be hanging over us. So this is a huge game.

Men's and Women's Basketball: For those who are interested, First Night is October 14th at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6 PM. Read more here. If you feel (as I do) that First Night is a bunch of overhyped publicity stuff and that you have better uses for your time, that same night, Women's Ice Hockey hosts Minnesota-Duluth and Women's Soccer hosts Pittsburgh, both at 7:00 PM. There should be smaller crowds than normal due to First Night, so bring your friends and party there. And actually see an athletic contest instead of Kimbo Dimbo performing live and in personage. Trust me, you'll be happier.

Men's Ice Hockey: Exhibition vs. Ryerson tomorrow at 8:00 PM. Regular season begins next weekend at Bowling Green.

Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies get their season underway with the first of two games against RPI/Rensselaer tonight at 7:00 PM. Game two will be tomorrow at 3:00 PM. And apparently the UConn website uses RPI and Rensselaer interchangeably. RPI is the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute so that's acceptable. But most people don't know that. Now you do. The Huskies were knocked out by Northeastern in the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament last year. The top six of eight teams in conference play advance and the Huskies were picked to finish fifth in the preseason. They'll try to do better as we get underway tonight.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies are at home for two Big East games over the weekend. On Saturday at 2:00 PM, they host Marquette, and on Sunday, the Syracuse Orange visit Gampel Pavilion. So, all you fans of UConn and haters of Syracuse, seize this opportunity. Admission is free, and I'm sure we all like seeing UConn take down Syracuse at Gampel, am I right? So you can sit at mid-court, only a few rows back, for FREE! And see the Orange play UConn at Gampel. Come on now. Which true Husky would pass on that?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, September 28-30, 2011

Note: Due to Rosh Hashanah, this post includes information I would post through September 30th, which includes information on weekend contests as well, to the extent that I would mention them between now and Friday. I will likely post Friday night after sundown, but in case I don't, here goes....

Men's Soccer: Last night very nearly proved to be a disaster against lowly Yale for the Huskies. The score was 0-0 after regulation. That was only because Yale misfired just over the crossbar as time expired in the second half. It would have been a split second call as to whether it was a goal or not. In real-time it was clear it was past the crossbar (and goal line) prior to the horn, but the horn isn't automatically sounded at 0:00. There's a second delay or so. So if that ball had gone in, however they called it would have ignited furor. But thankfully for all of us, it missed high. Also thankfully, Nickardo Blake scored with one minute left in the second OT to spare us all the pain of a scoreless draw. The Huskies are a perfect 9-0-0 and will face #8 Louisville in a critical road test at 7 PM Saturday night. The Cardinals are looking to bounce back from a loss to Notre Dame and don't want to start 0-2 in Big East play to expect them to come out hungry. No word yet on whether that game will be on WHUS. GameTracker will be available however, though. Louisville currently does not list the game on All-Access although they do list future men's soccer games there. I'm guessing there's some reason none of these places can confirm that they're broadcasting it. What that reason is, I don't know.

Field Hockey: The Huskies go under the lights at Sherman tonight to face the UMass Minutewomen. The Huskies are 7-1 overall and tied for first in the Big East at 2-0 in conference. And the soccer team isn't the only Top-5 Huskies program to play Louisville in a major contest Saturday night. Louisville, who got the two seed in the Big East Tournament a year ago but was knocked out by the Huskies in the first round, will be back in Storrs for the first time since that weekend in November. That game will be on Saturday at 12:00 PM. The Cardinals are 1-1 in Big East play and 7-3 overall. And unlike the Huskies, they've already played (and lost to) Syracuse. And while regular season titles may not matter much, bear in mind that in all likelihood the "Big Three" are going to get the top three seeds in some order. And the #4 seed will be a weaker team. So the #1 seed has an easy first game (provided they don't fall into a trap) while #2 and #3 still have to fight it out to get there. Look at last year as an example. So getting the #1 seed matters here. That way come Syracuse and the first weekend in November, we can hopefully do to the Orange what they did to us last year at our place. But for now, take it one game at a time. Beat Louisville at Sherman. Then worry about the next game.

Football: The Huskies are back at home on Saturday against Western Michigan. Since there will be significant development between now and then most likely, I'll write something on this Saturday.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies will be on national TV this Friday night as they head to South Bend to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. This was supposed to be a good game and a rematch of the Huskies' upset last year in the Big East Tournament but both teams have disappointed. The Irish have dropped out of the poll, and the Huskies are barely .500. ESPN can't do anything now though, so that game will air on ESPNU at 7:30 PM. Also, audio is available on WHUS. The Huskies will continue play on Sunday, facing DePaul at 2:00 PM in Chicago.

Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies host Rensaleer (or RPI, depending on where you look. Same school, different name) for a two-game series beginning Friday night at 7:00 at Frietas Ice Forum. They'll conclude the series Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Men's Ice Hockey: The Men's Ice Hockey team will host Ryerson (another Canadian school) in an exibition contest Saturday at 8:00 PM. The regular season gets underway next Saturday with a trip to Bowling Green.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies are looking to bounce back from a bad road trip as come home for two more Big East contests. On Saturday at 2:00 PM, Marquette rolls into Gampel Pavilion, and on Sunday at the same time, the Syracuse Orange will do the same. For those of you hoops fans who just can't wait until February 25 to see the Orange come into Gampel, this is your chance. Those who can, who said you could only pick one? Admission to this one is free to everybody. And would any true Husky fan would miss a chance to see a UConn-Syracuse game at Gampel for free? I think not.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Women's Soccer: The Huskies played their third straight overtime contest Sunday afternoon, tying with the Cincinnati Bearcats 2-2. The Huskies were down 2-0 at one point but overcame the deficit and came out with the draw. The Huskies are now 4-4-2 on the season and 1-1-2 in Big East play. Next up they will travel to Notre Dame in a rematch of the Big East Tournament game from last year. That game will be on Friday, September 30th, on ESPNU at 7:30. It is first (and to date, only) time an Olympics Sports team is scheduled to be on TV this year. After that, the Huskies will face DePaul on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM. Streaming for that contest is available on the DePaul athletic website.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies were swept by the Louisville Cardinals, 3-0. Two sweeps over opening weekend may look bad, but these are the two best teams in the conference. So, I'm not too concerned yet. Plus, the team isn't super good in the first place, so a .500 record and a Big East Tournament berth would be a good result. Next weekend, the Huskies will host Marquette on Saturday and Syracuse on Sunday, both at 2:00 PM. Both teams hosted USF last weekend, with the Golden Eagles winning and the Orange losing.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies are expected to be #1 when the polls come out tomorrow. Their first defense will be against Yale at 7:30 tomorrow night at Morrone Stadium. The Bulldogs are a mere 4-3-1, but I could see this as a trap game for us. The next game is a huge showdown at Louisville, currently ranked #5 but likely to drop  in the polls due to a loss to Notre Dame. And they don't want to start 0-2 in the Big East. So it's going to be a tough game and we know it. So we're looking ahead to that game, and thinking about how if we can win there we are in great shape for the rest of the season and could even go undefeated. But we aren't at Louisville yet. We have to get past Yale. And we nearly got complacent at BU looking ahead to BC. We did get trapped by Brown last year in the NCAA Tournament. I hope it doesn't happen now, but I could certainly see us drawing, or even losing. (If this were the tournament, I'd be guessing "UConn eliminated on Penalty Kicks" would be a likely possibility). For now though, just hope for the best. And as for that Louisville game, it's at Noon in Kentucky. There does not appear to be All-Access. I'm not sure if WHUS is covering it, though I doubt it, particularly since they have confirmed their coverage of the Western Michigan at 3:30 PM that day. They haven't posted their schedule beyond September 27th, though. GameTracker will definitely be up though.

Tennis (both sexes): The men and women competed at the West Point Invitational this weekend. The men went 20-6 overall and the women won the consolation fight. See those articles for more info.

Men's Ice Hockey: Cole Schneider was featured on Insider College Hockey.  This earned him a press release from UConn.

Field Hockey: Rankings come out tomorrow. UConn at #4 is unlikely to change. The Huskies host UMass Wednesday Night at 7:30. And for the second weekend a row, two Huskies teams will play Louisville. The Field Hockey Huskies host the Cardinals at noon. That will be on All-Access. It seems like we play the same school in multiple sports at the same week or two very often. It can't all be a coincidence....

Softball: Just a reminder to those who are interested but my last blurb, the 2012 schedule is up. I will not write about it until a press release confirms it is official.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup, September 25th 2011

Football: The Huskies defeated the Buffalo Bulls yesterday 17-3 to improve to 2-2 on the season. Johnny McEntee finally came through in a game, going 12-21 for 213 yards and throwing two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the game was not viewable on SNY due to the Mets' doubleheader, so nobody could watch it in the area. The Huskies are home next Saturday at 3:30 to face Western Michigan.

Men's Soccer: In front of a sold-out crowd of over 5,000 fans at Morrone Stadium, the Huskies defeated the #12 St. John's Red Storm 2-0. From what I could see on Huskies All-Access, that crowd was LOUD. It was overloading the crowd mike. Or the crowd mike could have been broken. I really don't know. But it never did that before. As for the game, it remained scoreless for the first 73 minutes, and many Husky fans feared the two rivals  would battle to a scoreless draw again. Allando Matheson scored at 73:17 though to put the Huskies up 1-0. With 37 seconds to go in the contest, Mamadou Doudou Diouf did what he's been doing all season, scoring a goal to put the Huskies up 2-0 and send the Red Storm home packing. I saw the crowd, and the game. That was an electrifying atmosphere. Let's hope the athletic department can get the same kind of excitement for some game next year when I'm on campus. If we host Notre Dame on a Saturday, they'd likely do it for that game I'd suspect. And we will host them. Waaaay to early to think about that though. Just wishful thinking by me. Additionally, expect the Huskies to be #1 when the polls come out, thanks to the Maryland draw to Seton Hall. (Queue WE'RE #1 Chant!) Our first chance to defend our number 1 ranking is Wednesday at 7:30 PM as we host in-state rival Yale. On Saturday, October 1 we have our biggest road test of the year, traveling to face Louisville. The Cardinals were ranked #3 in the country but lost to Notre Dame last night. The Cardinals don't want to start 0-2 in the Big East, so they will come out firing on all cylinders. Additionally, I could see the Yale game as a "trap game" for us. We'll be looking ahead to the Louisville game to defend our #1 ranking, and just assuming we're beating Yale to get to that point. And we've seen from many times what happens to our soccer team when they just assume they'll win the game. Like against Brown in the tournament. Or how we barely snuck by BU last week in our first game at #2. I'm not saying it will happen, but I wouldn't be too surprised if we wound up tying, or even losing, to Yale.

Field Hockey: The Huskies rolled to victory against Providence yesterday, 4-0. Chloe Hunnable scored a hat trick. The Huskies are 2-0 in Big East play and 7-1 overall. The polls come out today, but the #4 ranking will likely not change.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies host Cincinnati at 1:00 PM today. Video is available on Huskies All-Access. Next weekend is big for the Huskies. A nationally televised game at Notre Dame at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 30th will air on ESPNU. And on Sunday the 2nd, they'll be at DePaul at 2:00 PM.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies travel to Louisville to face the top-tier Cardinals this afternoon at 2:00 PM. Stream status on Louisville's website is unclear. Some places says it's there, others say it's not. Gametracker will be live at game time for sure though.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup September 24, 2011

Football: The Huskies travel to Buffalo tonight to face the Buffalo Bulls. The Huskies are 1-2 while Buffalo has the same record. The Huskies will look to turn the season around tonight. Kickoff is at 6:00 PM on SNY and Big East Regional Television.

Men's Soccer: WHITE OUT tonight at home vs. St. John's. The game is SOLD OUT. The Red Storm are #12 in the country and we are #2. With the Maryland draw earlier this week, we could be #1 if we win. Huge Goal Patrol meeting at 6 PM. Too bad I'm not on campus now.  For the most part I've come to deal with the fact that I'm not at school this semester. It's going to be hard tonight. But at least I can watch it online. Video streaming is available on Huskies All-Access and audio on WHUS.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats 3-0 in a sweep. The Huskies are 0-1 in the Big East and will take on Louisville on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. Next weekend, the Huskies will be back at home, with a pair of games against Marquette (October 1, 2:00 PM) and Syracuse (October 2, 2:00 PM).

Women's Soccer: The Huskies tied Louiville 2-2 in double overtime. The game was an action-packed contest with the teams totaling 18 shots in the second half alone. The Huskies are 4-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Big East. Next up, the team will face Cincinnati on 1 PM Saturday.

Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies drew McGill 2-2 in an exhibition thanks to a goal from Maggie Walsh with 18 seconds left in regulation. The Martlets dominated the game, though, outshooting the Huskies 43-19. On a side note, the obvious questionz: what is a martlet? Apparenty it's a stylized drawing of a bird with feathered tufts instead of legs. Huh?

Field Hockey: The Huskies will travel to Providence at 1:00 PM today. We are ranked #4 in the country and are 1-0 in the Big East. This is the Friars' conference opener.

UPDATE 3:08 PM EDT; UConn defeated Providence in Field Hockey 4-0. Anne Jeute scored a goal 3:13 into the first half, while Chloe Hunnable recorded three goals of her own as the Huskies rolled to victory. Next up, the Huskies will host the UMass Minutewomen on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM. At that point, I will be in synagogue at Erev Rosh Hashanah services. I will be in Temple for the better part of Wednesday evening to Friday afternoon,  though the holiday will end well in time for me to watch the UConn-Notre Dame women's soccer game on ESPNU Friday night. Whether a Yankees postseason game conflicts it, remains to be seen however. In any case, don't expect any posts from Wednesday night to Friday evening. Maybe something as I'm watching the UConn-ND game just to catch up. If not, I'll probably post something later that night, although it depends on the Yankees playoff game too.

On a side note, "Minutewomen" is the extreme form of political correctness. It's not a word, just a way to avoid seeming sexist. But in fact, it's even more sexist, if anything, not to mention stupid. If Joe D from WTIC were to refer to Geno Auriemma's defense as "woman to woman", he would be ridiculed, and maybe even fired if he did it often enough. And when I went to the softball game and Amy DeLuca batted, they said "Now batting, the third baseman, number 18, Amy DeLuca". Is it sexist to call her that because it's a masculine term? Likewise, "Minuteman" is a generic term, it's been around since the American Revolution. Granted, there were few (if any) women in the militia then, and we don't exactly have a citizen's militia anymore. So the only time there were ever any female "Minutemen" was when UMass played a sporting contest. And UMass field hockey team is fighting the Huskies on Wednesday, not the Redcoats. So it's not the same thing. Nevertheless, if I had to think of an example of political correctness so ridiculous it couldn't possibly true, "Minutewoman" would be a good place to start. Except it is true. I'm glad I'll be at shul Wednesday. If I were watching the webstream of the game, I'd burst out laughing every time I hear the PA say "Penalty Corner, Minutewomen".

On a side note, the Delta State Statesmen came up with a completely different solution to the "men" nickname issue. Their teams are the Statesmen and the Lady Statesmen. I'm not sure which one is worse.

Friday, September 23, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, September 23, 2011

Husky news and notes from today

Women's Soccer: The Huskies continue Big East play with a pair of games this weekend. First, they face the Louisville Cardinals tonight at 7:00 PM. Video will be available on Huskies All-Access, and WHUS will be doing the audio. Next, the Huskies will host the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday at 1:00 PM. That game will also be on All-Access. The Cardinals are 1-0-1 in the Big East and 3-4-2 overall, tying them for second in the National Division. Cincy is 1-1-0 and 5-3-2 overall. The Huskies are also 1-1-0 in Big East play, plus 4-4-0 overall. They are one game behind West Virginia and Marquette in the American Division. On next Friday night (the 30th) the Huskies will head to South Bend to face Notre Dame in a matchup televised by ESPNU. That will be big.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies are in Cincinnati tonight at 7:30 PM before traveling to Louisville Sunday at 2:00 PM. This is the first two Big East games of the season. The Cincinnati game will be available on the Bearcats' website for viewing. Ditto for the Louisville game and the Cards' site.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies will face their archrival #12 ranked St. John's Red Storm on Saturday night in front of a predicted sell-out. Only 500 tickets remain so buy soon. And wear white since it's a White Out. For those unable to attend, tune into WHUS or Huskies All-Access. Also, it is Family Weekend. Any families reading this who think they might want to attend the game, buy your tickets NOW. Otherwise, you won't get them. I think if UConn wanted to encourage families to come over Family Weekend, they should let them know it's going to be a sell-out (since usually you can just get tickets there). The Family Weekend website doesn't even list ticket prices. This could be intentionally marketing towards fans as opposed to families. But if it's not, and they want families to go, they're doing a bad job. Any way, if you don't know if you want to go and are unwilling to buy seats in advance, there are two women's games this weekend, plus several other contests around campus (volleyball, ice hockey). Those are valuable options too. Consider them. They can be fun. They won't be as crowded as Morrone Stadium on Saturday night, but if you want to watch a UConn game, go for it. They're fun too. If you want to know why, read the rest of my blog. Update: As I wrote this, I was updated that the St. John's game is now SOLD OUT. Let's hope all the season ticket holders actually show up, or if they can't, give/sell their tickets to a friend. To any season ticket holder who can't go for whatever reason, please let someone else have your tickets. Give them to a friend, or sell them. But let Morrone Stadium be packed.

Women's Ice Hockey: The women's ice hockey team plays their first and only exhibition contest of the season against McGill tonight at 7 PM.  McGill is a Canadain University, and they will frequently compete against American schools in exhibition games. McGill may be the Harvard of Canada, but as Lisa Simpson says, "Anything that's the something of the something isn't really anything at all". I love that quote, by the way. But as for the game, it's just an exhibition. The real fun starts next weekend, with games on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st against RPI. You can't help but love RPI's nickname. They're the Engineers. Even Cal Tech came up with a vaguely fierce nickname. Beavers may not be fiercely competitive creatures, but at least they're not nerds. Then again, from what some of my friends in the School of Engineering tell me, it can get quite competitive there. Perhaps the RPI Engineering Majors? Still, I think the New College of Florida has the most unusual athletic nickname out there - the Empty Set. When the college was created, they put a pair of empty brackets  in the charter to choose a nickname at a little time. But eventually, they dropped all varsity  athletic teams. Now, the Empty Set has become a symbol of New College, and is also used by several club teams. In fact, their career services blog is called "Filling the Empty Set", perhaps as a reference to to getting a job as well.

Football: The Huskies travel to Buffalo, tomorrow at 6 PM. Hopefully the Huskies can get on the right path with a win over the lowly Bulls. But hopefully they should have beaten Vandy and Iowa State and that didn't happen. So I'm not counting on it. If we had a remotely competent QB, we could be amazing. We don't. At the same time, I'm not counting this season out yet. Last year, we started 1-2 including a loss at Temple. Everyone said we were done. Then, we started 3-4 after losses to Rutgers and Louisville. Everyone said we were done. Then came a Dave Teggart kick against West Virginia in OT and everything changed. Anything could happen.

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they travel to Rhode Island to face Providence. The Huskies are 1-0 in the Big East and 6-1 overall. The Friars are 3-6 overall and this will be their Big East opener. The Huskies will go on to host UMass on Wednesday at 7:00 PM and Louisville on Saturday the 1st of October at noon.

Note: You may have noticed this post contains more rambling and analysis about various subjects rather than just straight UConn facts. I kind of prefer this format, so I think I'll stick with it. It's always what I intended this blog to be, it just rarely worked out that way. For those who liked the abbreviated version, I will be posting a shorter (more cut-an-dry) version of these on the UConn fan message board The Boneyard. How much detail I go in there is subject to feeback (unlike the format of these posts which I will do as I like to do). You can view today's here. I won't always link, but I may sometimes. I'd recommend joining the site in general.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, September 21, 2011

Men's soccer: The #2 Huskies improved to 7-0-0 on the year with a 2-0 victory over the #10 Boston College 2-0. Carlos Alvarez and Tony Cascio added goals. A good road win for the Huskies against a prominent opponent. Next up, we face our archnemisis St. John's Saturday night at Morrone Stadium. A huge sell-out crowd is expected for this one. To any students on campus, go to Memorial Stadium at 6:00 PM for a Goal Patrol meeting and lots of free stuff. This should be a great game. On an unrelated note, Red Storm has got to be the stupidest nickname this side of Orange. They decided "Redmen" wasn't PC so they tried to get cute with it. Blech. Aditionally, #1 Maryland drew 0-0 to Seton Hall, so we could be ranked #1 next week.
Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies were picked to finish fifth in the Hockey East preseason poll out of eight teams. Boston University finished first with 55 votes, including six first place votes. UConn received 30. The team will open up on Friday night with an exhibition vs. McGill at 7:00 PM.

Men's Ice Hockey: UConn was picked to finish fifth in Atlantic Hockey this season's poll. UConn reached the AHA semifinals last year and will look to improve. Once one of the worst programs in the country, the Huskies seek to increase their talent. They will open with an exhibition vs. Ryerson on October 1 at 8:00 PM.

Field Hockey: In spite of their loss to BC over the weekend, the Huskies are still ranked #4 in the latest poll. UConn received 720 votes, but Old Dominion received all 47 first place votes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An Analysis of Conference Realignment, Part 1 - Super-ACC Plus Revised Big East

So now multiple reports are surfacing that UConn will join a Super-ACC Power Conference. There are many ways this could move forward and I will outline a few of the ones I think are possible. As a disclaimer, I may have gotten many of these ideas at least in part from some other people. If I don't give you credit, I apologize. It's hard to recognize where a single idea or theory begins and where it stops being your idea and mine and you may have planted the idea in my head, or not. If something you said triggered something in my mind, feel free to take credit in the comments, but since all thoughts tend to build on other thoughts, it would be impossible to account for all of them.

Scenario 1 - Two Division, 16-team Super-ACC plus Big East revolution

The most likely, scenario, in my opinion, is a 16-team Super-ACC for all sports, plus a completely new look Big East, which will be very watered down and not involve UConn.

First, let's look how the ACC will look. Some entries may be marked with a [*] which means I will discuss them further down the page.

In any case, here would be essentially the layout.

North Division:

  • Connecticut

  • Syracuse

  • Boston College

  • Pittsburgh

  • Maryland

  • Rutgers/St. John's/Navy [*]

  • Virginia

  • Virginia Tech

South Division

  • Duke

  • North Carolina

  • NC State

  • Georgia Tech

  • Florida State

  • Miami (FL)

  • Clemson

  • Wake Forest

Fairly organized by geography, plain and simple. Now, let's look at who that leaves in the Big East. Non football schools are indicated by an (NF)

  • Cincinnati

  • Louisville

  • Notre Dame (FBS Independent)

  • TCU

  • South Florida

  • DePaul (NF)

  • West Virginia

  • Georgetown (NF)

  • Marquette (NF)

  • Providence (NF)

  • Seton Hall (NF)

  • Villanova (NF)

  • TCU

This leaves 12 schools, but only five football schools. Baylor and Iowa State have expressed interested in joining if the Big 12 collapses, which it looks like it will ultimately. Kansas and Missouri could also join. At the very least, with so many teams in the Midwest, the conference would probably change its name. It could be interesting to see how things play out. But since this is a UConn blog, let us focus more on the ACC end of the scenario.

First, to address the [*] next to Rutgers/St. John's/Navy. The next question is how seriously the ACC wants to take football as opposed to basketball. Rutgers is at the bottom of the league in hoops and football. St. John's has a great basketball program but no football team. So do you add Rutgers or St. John's? Rutgers could fill the league out. Another scenario is add St. John's, plus add Navy (or Army) as a football associate member to balance the numbers. I'd like to see the last one play out, but I doubt it. I'd definitely like St. John's though. They are a more major sports school than Rutgers. Also, it would allow the sixth best college soccer rivalry in America to stay in tact as the Huskies can continue to face the Red Storm every year. That being said, I am not so naive as to think the ACC actually cares about a sport that doesn't generate revenue. But there are other reasons to support the Red Storm too, as I said. And adding Navy for football would give us one of the most historic programs in the country. They're probably not at the level of other schools, but they're an up-coming program. I think they'd welcome an opportunity to join a conference. Both service academies compete in the Patriot League for other sports, but are FBS Independents for football. At various points, they have been associate members of various conferences, so it's hardly a novel concept.

This is just one of many ways it could play out ion the coming days. I will continue to outline a few other possible scenarios, so stay tuned.

Delayed Weekend Roundup - UConn Update through September 20, 2011 (CORRECTED)

Sorry for the delay. Big news over the weekend with regards to the ACC. I'll put up something about that soon. For now, here's the latest.

MAJOR NEWS: There are multiple reports surfacing that UConn may join a super-ACC within the next few years. I will speculate on this soon.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies fell to 4-4-0 on the season after losing to Big East foe St. John's 1-0 in OT. The Huskies were dominated by the Red Storm, outshot 10-3 in Queens before Jen Leaverton added the game winning goal at the 91:23 minute. Next Friday, the Huskies will host Louisville at 7:00 PM before hosting Cincinnati on Sunday the 25th at 1:00 PM. 10 days remain until the nationally televised showdown at Notre Dame on ESPNU at 7:30 PM on September 30th.

Field Hockey: The Huskies suffered their first defeat of the year, losing 3-1 to the #8 ranked Boston College Eagles at home. Cara Silverman added a goal in the loss. The Huskies are in Providence on Saturday at 1:00 PM for a Big East road game. The national poll is due out today sometime, so stay tuned to see where we are.

Men's Soccer: Big game for the Huskies today as they head to Chestnut Hill at 7:00 PM to face Boston College. This is the big road trip of the year for Goal Patrol, so expect a lot of road Huskies fans. We are currently ranked #2 in the nation at 6-0-0. Webstreaming is available on and also a radio is available from WHUS. On a side note, don't expect me to comment on the crackdown on heckling at Morrone Stadium this year, because not being there, I don't know what's going on. But I have no problem with what's been working for the past forever. Family-friendly and squeaky clean are two different things. If I were going a game with a young child, I would make sure we didn't sit near the student section. I can understand why people would feel the same way. But on the rare occasions where someone does say something totally outlandish, we're usually pretty good about getting that individual to shut up or behave. And if we're not, then security can get involved, though in my whole time last year, I only recall that happening once. I don't know all the facts, but I do know what it was like last year. And I see no reason to change a working system. If any Goal Patrol members who are on campus wish to comment, go ahead.

In any case, after BC, the Huskies will host the St. John's Red Storm in the #6 rivalry in America Saturday at 7:30 PM. The school is expecting a sell-out for "White Out Morrone Night" and it should be a rocking.

Women's Ice Hockey: The Huskies open up with an exhibition vs. McGill on Friday at 7:00 PM. McGill is supposedly the "Harvard of Canada". But, you know what Lisa Simpson always says. Ah well, it's only an exhibition game. The real fun starts a week later. The Huskies made the Hockey East first round of the tournament, before falling to Northeastern. They will look to improve and reach the NCAA Championship.

Note: A previous version of this post indicated that the men's soccer team's next game after tonight would be against Yale, followed by Louisville. However, in fact the St. John's game is before those two matchups. The error has been remedied. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, Sepetmber 17th (UPDATE 2 PM)

Men's Soccer: The Huskies defeated the Boston University Terriers 1-0. The game against the unranked home team was tightly contested throughout before Allando Matheson scored his first career goal to put the Huskies up for good. Over the last few year, Boston University has given us a lot of trouble so this is a good win. Next up, we travel to Boston College to face the Eagles at 7:30 PM on Tuesday night. That game is available on WHUS org streaming videos on Read the officicial press release on the game here.

Football: The Huskies suffered a disappointing loss  24-20 to the visiting Iowa State Cyclones to fall to 1-2 on the season. We had a lot of chances but couldn't capitalized, pretty much the same story as the Vanderbilt game. If we keep playing like this it could be a long year. We have a week non-conference schedule and have Buffalo and Western Michigan remaining. If we can win both of those games we only need to go 3-4 in Big East play to make a bowl game. That's certainly doable. But we have to improve our ability to capitalize on our opportunities.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies opened the Hokie Classic with a 3-0 sweep of Chatanooga to improve to 7-4 on the season. Next up they will take on Virginia today at 1:00 PM and host Virginia Tech at 7:00 PM. Then, the Huskies will open up Big East play with a road trip to Cincinnati and Louisville.

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies open up Big East play tonight at noon against unranked Villanova then will host Boston College on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Both games can be seen live on Huskies All-Access. The Huskies can move up in the rankings with a win thanks to a loss by #1 UNC to #2 Old Dominion. So this is a big weekend.

Field Hockey defeated Villanova 6-0 to win their conference opener. Ali Blankmeyer and Chloe Hunnable led the way with two goals each and Marine Elene Bolles and Justine Angelini added a goal each for the major victory. The game vs. the #8 BC Eagles will be huge tomorrow, and if we win that we may very well be ranked #3 in the nation. On next Saturday (September 24th) we will take on Providence on the road looking to stay perfect, then on September 28th we host UMass, who received votes in the last coach's poll. We then have a somewhat big home game vs. RV Louisville on October 1. The Cardinals were expect to contend for the Big East championship, but it looks like at this point that if someone's going to challenge the ACC from the Big East, it's going to be UConn or Syracuse. The Huskies and Orange face off Sunday, October 23 in Storrs. But the Big East Tournament is in Syracuse the first weekend in November and who wins that could very well host a regional in the NCAA Tournament which carries with it additional home field advantage. That's pretty far down the road though, and they came into our place and beat us last year so it wouldn't be surprising for us to do the same to them.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup, September 16th, 2011

Football: Big game today as the 1-1 Huskies host the Iowa State Cyclones to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Vanderbilt that frankly, we should have won. Kick off is at 8:00 PM on ESPN2 live from Rentschler Field. For those going to the game, arrive early for a special 9/11 tribute.

Women's soccer: The Huskies improved to 4-3-0 by winning their Big East opener 1-0 over Syracuse. Jessica Dulski had her third shutout on the season, an impressive total for the senior. 11:49 in the game, Danielle Schullman made it 1-0, to put the Huskies up for good. Wind and were definitely a factor for both teams with limited opportunities. Next up the Huskies travel to Queens to face St. John's at 1:00 PM on Sunday. That game will be streamed by St. John's at here.

Men's Soccer: Two New England matchups for the #2 Huskies who go on the road this week. First, today at 7:00 PM they travel to Boston University to face the Terriers. Streaming is available on BU's website. Next, the Huskies will travel to face #11 Boston College at 7:30 PM on Tuesday on the road. That will be a major road test for the Huskies. It will also be the annual Goal Patrol road trip game.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies will get underway in Blacksburg, Va in the Hokie Invitation as they take on Chattanooga (today, 4:00 PM), Virginia (Sat. 1:00 PM), and Virginia Tech (Sat., 7:00 PM). The Huskies are 6-4 this year. After finishing up the pre-season tournament run around, the Huskies will travel to Cincinnati and Louisville on September 23rd and 25th to get Big East season unerway.

Field Hockey: The 5-0 and #4 Huskies open Big East play on Saturday afternoon vs. Villanova at noon. That game will be on Huskies All Access. On Sunday afternoon at 2 PM the Huskies will host the #8 Boston College Eagles. Another critical matchup among ranked teams, and we could move up in the rankings since #1 UNC plays #2 Old Dominion today and one of those teams has to lose.

That's all for now. Go Huskies!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Husky Sports Round-Up, September 14th

Note: This is my first since undergoing brain surgery so forgive any typos

Field Hockey: The Field Hockey team defeated Drexel 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies are still ranked #4   in the country, behind UNC, Old Dominion, and Maryland. Next up we open Big East play traveling to Villanova o Saturday the 17th and will face Boston College the nxt day.

Men's  Soccer: Thew newly ranked #2 Huskies travel to the Boston University Terriers on Friday afternoon and the Boston College Eagles on Tuesady evening, both games at 7:00 PM on WHUS. The Eagles are a Top 25.

Women's Soccer: Next up, we open Big East play by hosting Syracuse tomorrow at 7PM on WHUS.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Roundup #2 for September 11th

This is the final roundup for today (or any day) before I head into New York City for my surgery. Unfortunately, I don't have all the links yet, but it's going to have to do.

Men's Soccer: UConn defeated SMU 1-0, thanks to a Max Wasserman goal off a free kick. The Huskies improve to 5-0 and could be ranked #2 next week thanks to a loss by #1 UNC. Next up, we travel to Boston University on Friday at 7:00 PM, and then to Boston College on Tuesday the 20th, also at 7:00 PM. The Eagles are ranked #8 in the country, but that ranking may drop after a 4-0 loss to Maryland on Friday night. The Goal Patrol will have a large contingent at both games, and the BC game is the official yearly trip.Both Boston games will be on WHUS.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies lost 2-1 to Harvard today in Cambridge. No further summary is available at this time. I may post something later if I have more info. Next up, we open Big East play when we host the Syracuse Orange on Thursday night at 7:00 at Morrone Stadium. That game will be on WHUS and Huskies All-Access.

UConn Sports Roundup, September 11th, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup for today, September 11th, 2011

Football: UConn lost disappointingly to Vanderbilt, 24-21. The Huskies are now 1-1 on the season. We had a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown, plus two field goals and a 2-point conversion. However, we have not had an offensive touchdown against an FBS team since we played Cincinnati on November 27th, 2010 and Jordan Todman ran it in with 3:49 left. That's over 12 quarters without one. They say defense and special teams wins games, but you have to have at least a mediocre offense. We don't. Johnny McEntee threw three interceptions, and they cost us.

Women's Volleyball: UConn split their two games in New Hampshire yesterday. They lost to Indiana State in straight sets, but then beat the host Wildcats 25-21, 25-20, 25-11. Holly Strauss-O'Brien got her 100th win. The Huskies are 6-4 on the season And will be in Blacksburgh, Va next weekend for the Hokie Classic, where they will face Chatanooga, Virginia, and host Virginia Tech.

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies defeated the Albany Great Danes 1-0 thanks to a goal by Marie Elena Bolles. The Huskies are 4-0 on the season, and will host Drexel today at 2:00 PM.

Men's Soccer: The #3 ranked men will face SMU in the second game of the Hurricane Classic at Tulsa today at 12:00 PM. The game will be on and WHUS FM 91.7.

Women's Soccer: Fresh off an upset win against Boston University, the Huskies will travel to Cambridge to face the Harvard Crimson today at 1:00.

Miscellaneous Personal News: I will be having surgery tomorrow. I will therefore not be blog posting for a little while.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, September 10, 2011

Miscellaneous Blog/Personal News: My surgery is Monday. If you want to know more, email me. In any case, this will render me unable to post on the blog for about a week, maybe a little less. If you want updates on your favorite teams, check out the Athletic Website.

Football: The big travel game for the Huskies is today at 7:30 PM at Vanderbilt. That game will air locally on SNY and (though the latter will likely be showing the Comcast Sports South Broadcast). Also, the SNY broadcast is not Big East Regional Television so I have no idea if it's the same production crew. In any case, the Huskies QB situation is still not settled, though I think McCummings and McEntee will get most of the playing time. And now we may see issues at running back too after Lyle McCombs had a great week last week while presumed starter DJ Shoemate was hurt. There are a lot of questions to be answered when the Huskies take the field tonight. I'm looking forward to it.

Men's Soccer: The #3 team in the country defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane as part of the Hurricane Classic. The final score was 1-0. Mamadou Doudou Diouf got a goal in the 25th minute. Next up, the Huskies will take on SMU at 12:30 PM Sunday, also in Tulsa. That game is on and WHUS 91.7 FM.

Field Hockey: The #4 ranked Huskies host Albany today at noon and Drexel tomorrow at 2 PM. Next weekend, the Huskies open Big East play on Saturday when they host Villanova. They will then host Boston College on Sunday the 18th.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies defeated #20/23 Boston University, 3-0. It snapped BU's 5-game win streak. The Huskies are now 3-2-0, after their win before 1,404 fans. It was scoreless at halftime, but Danielle Schullman scored in the 53rd minute, and Julie Hubbard and Jessica Prendergast added goals later on to seal the deal. Next up, the Huskies will travel to Harvard on Sunday at 1 PM to face the Crimson.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies defeated Fairfield three sets to one in the opener of the UNH Tournament. The Huskies will face Indiana State at 10 AM today and the host New Hampshire Wildcats at 7 PM to wrap up the tournament. The Huskies are 5-3 on the season and have already won one tournament at home.

Basketball: UConn agreed yesterday to play in the second edition of the Carrier Classic in 2012. UConn will play a game atop a military aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay, on November 9, 2012. Their opponent is TBD but may be Kansas, Texas, Florida, Arizona, or Illinois. This is very exciting for the Huskies to be doing something like this.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

UConn Sports Update, September 8, 2011

First of all, I'd like to wish a happy Birthday to my wonderful sister, Leanne. Second of all, I'll be having the surgery for my medical issues on Monday, so I won't be posting for a while after Sunday. I could be gone a week, maybe longer. I really don't know yet. (If you want more info on my medical issues, email me. I don't want to post it publicly.)

And now for the roundup.

Women's Volleyball: UConn won the first set vs. Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, but lost the next three to lose the match. You can read the UConn release here. Jordan Kirk had a season high 17 kills. The final line score was 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-19. The Huskies fall to 4-3 and will be in Durham, NH for games against Fairfield, Indiana State, and New Hampshire. Fairfield will be tomorrow at 4:30 PM, ISU Saturday at 10 AM, and UNH Saturday at 7 PM.

Field Hockey: In a surprise, UConn is still ranked #4 in the latest poll, behind UNC, Old Dominion, and Maryland. The Monarchs play tough games this weekend in Columbus against #5 Syracuse and Ohio State, so we could move up if they fall. ODU and UNC face off against eachother September 16th, so one of them will lose.

Men's Soccer: UConn is ranked #3 in the latest coaches poll, behind UNC and Maryland. Is this ACC bias, or a deserved snub? We will see.

Football: Football team travels to Vanderbilt this weekend at 7:30 PM on SNY. This will NOT be a Big East Regional Network game, and I don't know if SNY is producing it themselves, simulcasting Comcast Sports South's broadcast of it from Vandy's end, or  something else entirely. The only home game which is scheduled as of now to be on SNY Only and not BETV is October 1 vs. Western Michigan. So, that would not be a simulcast of the home team. As for the game itself, the Huskies are 1.5 point favorites. This will be a key game for the season as it will show if they can win the tough contests. This is the big travel game for Husky fans and the band, and it could turn out to be like the Michigan game last year  - an  overhyped loss. Let's hope not.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup, September 5th, 2011

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies defeated #8 Penn State 2-1, in overtime. Kim Krzyk netted the game winner. The Huskies improve to 3-0 on the season, and may improve to #2 in the rankings tonight thanks to losses by #1 Maryland and #3 Virginia. Next up, the Huskies host Albany on Saturday, September 10th, at noon, followed by Drexel the next day at 2 PM. This could be a big year for the team.

Women's soccer: Women's soccer lost to #25 Virginia Tech, 1-0. The Huskies struggled to get shots off and this game could have been a lot were if Jess Dulski hadn't made a lot of saves off Hokie shots. Next up, the 2-2 Huskies host Boston University at 7:00 PM on Friday. This may be a rebuilding year for the Huskies, but the Big East schedule will be a big test for them. That begins on Thursday, September 15th when they host Syracuse.

Men's soccer: The #5 ranked men's soccer team beat #7 California yesterday, 4-1. Mamadou Doudou Diouf recorded a hat-trick, including two PK goals, and Tony Cascio added his first goal of the season in the victory. The Huskies said before the opener it was their goal to only allow five goals this season. That doesn't look like it's going to happen as they've already conceded two in three games, but this could still be a very good year. When the rankings come out today, look for them to maybe move up. Next up, the team will be in Tulsa on the 9th and 11th (Friday and Sunday) for games against the host Golden Hurricane and SMU. The first game will be at 8:30 PM Eastern time, and they will take on the Mustangs at 12:30 PM Eastern time. Both games will be on WHUS 91.7 FM/

Saturday, September 3, 2011

UConn Sports Roundup, September 3, 2011 (UPDATED 9/4/11, 8:54 AM)

Football: In the premier UConn game of the day, the UConn football team defeated the Fordham Rams, 35-3. You can also read the official release here. As for the game, this was a blowout, and not unexpected. Michael Nebrich, Scotty McCummings, and Johnny McEntee all saw playing time. On a side note, does anyone else think Johnny McEntee sounds like he should be someone in a comic book? But I digress. Another surprise was Lyle McCombs starting at running back over DJ Shoemate. No word yet on whether that will be permanent, but given his good showing (141 yards and 4 TD's) I would expect Coach Pasqualoni to start him at Vandy next week. It's a good start to the season, but we'll have to beat better teams to make a difference.

Women's Volleyball: In their second game of the Toyota UConn Classic, the Huskies swept Holy Cross 3-0. Next up is Binghamton tonight at 7:30 to wrap up the tournament. Read more about the win over the Crusaders here. The Huskies are 3-2 on the season. Update 9/4/11 8:54 AM: The Huskies swept the Bearcats last night 3-0. Senior Jordan Kirk was named the tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by fellow Huskies Mattison Quayle and Kelsey Manning. The Huskies are now 4-2 on the season. Next up, the Huskies host Sacred Heart on September 6th at 7:30 PM. You can watch that game on Huskies All-Access.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies got a big win against #15/17 Wake Forest last night in Winston-Salem. Thanks to a goal by Danielle Schulman, and a winner by Devin Prendergast at 83:46, the Huskies beat the previously-undefeated Demon Deacons 2-1 and are now 2-1-0. Next up is Virginia Tech on Sunday, also in Winston-Salem. That game is at 11:30 AM and will be on WHUS 91.7 FM/

Men's Soccer: As previously mentioned, the Huskies play a huge game vs. California tomorrow at 4:30 PM. The Golden Bears are #7 in the country. That game will be on 91.7 FM and All-Access.

Field Hockey:  Another major game for the Huskies tomorrow, as they travel to Penn State to face the #8 Nittany Lions. With a win, the Huskies would likely move up to #2 nationally thanks to losses by #1 Maryland and #3 Virginia. #2 UNC beat #5 Syracuse, so the Huskies will likely be #2 to the Tar Heels when the rankings come out Monday if they pull off the win.

Softball: The 2012 softball schedule is up on the website. Find it here. I will post in more detail about it when a press release is published.

Baseball: We can now begin to fill in bits and pieces of the 2012 schedule. St. John's released their Big East schedule. The Huskies will travel to Kaiser Stadium in Queens April 13-15. That should be a big series, as always. Also, Sacred Heart's website shows them hosting the Huskies on March 13 at a time to be determined. Let's see if we can fill in more pieces before UConn releases their full schedule. That has typically been anywhere from mid-October to mid-December, so let's wait and see.

Miscellaneous: UConn started a new Husky blog today, called "UConn Believe It". You can find it at  They also invite you to comment on today's football game here. I hope that the blog will give recognition to the Husky sports besides basketball and football. Both posts were about today's football game, but let's hope they post about other sports. If so, I give them a lot of credit. If not, that's what I do. Keep reading here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup September 1, 2011

Today's roundup

Football: The football game vs. Fordham originally scheduled for tonight will now be Saturday at noon. Saturday is my dad's birthday so I will probably be out with him at that time. I may catch some of it on the radio, I'm really not sure. Either way, we'll see there. Should be a blowout anyway.

Men's soccer: UConn defeated Michigan State tonight 2-1. Mamadou Douodou Diouf scored his first goal of the season and Max Wasserman added the game winner on a free kick. Next up is a huge game vs. California Sunday at 7:30 4:30 PM at Morrone Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for 7:30 but has been changed because of power outages. No word yet on whether it will air on WHUS and/or All-Access.

Women's Soccer: The women's soccer team heads on the road for the first time this year. Tomorrow, they will face Wake Forest in Winston-Salem at 6:00 PM and on Sunday, they will face Virginia Tech in Winston-Salem at 11:30 AM. The former will be available on Wake Forest's website, and both will be on WHUS 91.7 FM and (although the audio on the Demon Deacon's site will be theirs). UConn is 1-1 so far this season.

Women's Volleyball: Toyota UConn Classic starts tomorrow night. Binghamton vs. Howard at 5:00, then the Huskies take on Holy Cross at 7:30. On Saturday, each team plays two games. The Bearcats face the Crusaders at 10:00 AM, followed by the Huskies taking on Howard at 12:30. Then at 5:00, it's Howard-Holy Cross, followed by UConn-Binghamton at 7:30 to close it out.

Men's and Women's Basketball: Both teams released their full schedules yesterday. The women's basketball game on Martin Luther King Day will be at Gampel, so I can attend that one when I (finally) return to campus. Also my first week back, the men host Cincinnati at 7:00 at Gampel. On a related note, if any UConn seniors are graduating in December and want to split a set of season tickets, with you getting games from Fall semester and me getting the ones from Spring semester, email me at and we can work something out.