<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 25 Feb 2017 13:09:24 -0500Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:09:24 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Randy Edsall Excited to Be Back at UConn]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:01:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Randy_Edsall_Excited_to_Be_Back_at_UConn_1200x675_879721027622.jpg

UConn head football coach Randy Edsall talked with Kevin Nathan about his return to the University and his expectations for next season.

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<![CDATA[No. 14 Cincinnati 82, Connecticut 68]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2017 14:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+logo+generic.jpg

UConn fell short Saturday night, falling to Cincinnati 82-68.

Kyle Washington and Gary Clark took the court thinking it was up to them to dominate. Shot by shot, they took over the game.

Washington scored a career-high 27 points, and Clark had his fifth double-double of the season as No. 14 Cincinnati used its front-line advantage and pulled away a victory over Connecticut on Saturday, its 14th straight win.

The Bearcats (21-2, 10-0 American Athletic) never trailed while winning their 22nd in a row on their home court. They extended their longest overall winning streak in three years.

"Me and Gary, when we were doing treatments before the game, we said we needed to be ready to play," Washington said.

They were.

Washington had 13 of Cincinnati's first 17 points as the Bearcats got the early advantage, making a 3-pointer, a mid-range jumper and three left-handed shots from near the basket. He went 11 of 18 from the field overall, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.

The points were a bonus. Washington has been working on his defense, which is one of the biggest holes in his game.

"I told Gary when we were getting ready for the game: Forget offense," Washington said. "I don't want to think offense. For us to get better — for me to get better — I've got to become a better defensive player."

Washington made a 3-pointer and Clark had unguarded back-to-back 3s as Cincinnati pulled away at the start of the second half, leading by as many as 26 points.

Clark had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, including a pair of 3s.

"Kyle and Gary made a lot of shots," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. "We made so many shots — that's what broke their spirit."

Rodney Purvis scored 20 points for UConn (10-12, 5-5) , which had won its last three games.

"They came out in that second half and did pretty much whatever they wanted to," coach Kevin Ollie said. "We've got to play a little bit harder. Actually, we've got to play a lot harder, and a lot tougher.

"The toughness just wasn't there today."

BIG PICTURE

Connecticut: The Huskies' three-game winning streak was their longest of the season. They had pulled it off despite being limited to six scholarship players because of injuries.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats' 22-game winning streak at home is their third-longest since their arena opened in 1989. They won 41 home games in a row from 1997-2000 and 25 straight from 1992-94.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A 57-55 come-from-behind win at Tulsa and the comfortable win over UConn should allow the Bearcats to at least hold their ground. Their No. 14 ranking is their highest of the season.

BIG ASSIST

Troy Caupain's six assists pushed him over 100 for the season. He's only the third in school history to have three seasons with 100 assists, joining Cashmere Wright (2011-13) and Deonta Vaughn (2007-10). Caupain scored only seven points. He had 37 points during UConn's 104-97, four-overtime victory over the Bearcats in the quarterfinals of AAC Tournament last season.

FINAL FOUR FLASHBACK

The Bearcats honored their Final Four team from 1992 and had their second capacity crowd of the season, the other one against crosstown rival Xavier. They wore throwback uniforms and introduced members of the '92 team at halftime. Former coach Bob Huggins — now at West Virginia — sent greetings by video and concluded, "That was one of the greatest years of my life. Thank you all so much for letting me be part of it."

UP NEXT

The Huskies have a home rematch against South Florida on Wednesday. They beat the Bulls 81-69 on Jan. 25 for the second of their three straight wins.

The Bearcats host Central Florida on Wednesday. They have won all seven games in their series.



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<![CDATA[UConn Announces 20 New Football Players]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

Today is signing day and UConn has announced the newest class of Huskies joining the football team.

Several of the players are from Connecticut.

Omar Fortt, of New Canaan, came to UConn Nation as a defensive back from St. Luke’s High School. He is already enrolled and Coach Randy Edsall said he’s “fitting in nicely in what we are doing.”

Ryan Fitton, of Westport, played at Staples High School. He’s a tight end and a good student who wants to study business at UConn.

T.J. Gardner is a Connecticut native from Windsor and went to Windsor High School. He’s a linebacker who Edsall says has “great instincts: and the “ability to make plays.”

“He is another Connecticut kid that wanted to stay home here at UConn,” Edsall said.

Darrian Beavers, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a linebacker and played at Colerain High School.

Brayden Brown, a safety from Cumberland, Maryland, comes to UConn via Fort Hills High School. Edsall says he has “high character” and a “championship pedigree.”

Garrison Burnett, of Washington, DC is a wide receiver. He played for Maret High School.

Cameron Hairston, a wide receiver, comes to UConn from Lee’s Summit North High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Robert Holmes, of West Palm Beach, Florida, joins the offensive line from Oxbridge Academy.

Stanley Hubbard grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and comes to UConn from St. John’s College High School, a high school Edsall says has produced many quality college players. He’ll be on the offensive line.

Robert P. King, of Philadelphia, is a cornerback and went to Father Judge High School, where he was a quarterback as well.

Jordan McAfee, a quarterback, comes to UConn from Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts, where he led the school to the state football championship.

Abiola "Bebe" Olaniyan is joining UConn from Woodberry Forest High School, from Woodberry Forest, Virginia. Edsall says the new Husky cornerback has “very good versatility and football instincts.”

David Pindell, of Columbia, Maryland, will be a quarterback for the Huskies. He previously played for Lackawanna College

“David is a perfect fit for our offense because he demonstrates the ability to hurt a defense with both his arms and legs,” Edsall said on Twitter. “David is a mature leader and has a chance to be an explosive player in our league.”

Jordan Swann, of Baltimore, Maryland, played at Saint Francis Academy. He’s a cornerback, who Edsall says has shown the ability to be a “difference maker.”

Also joining the offensive line is James Tunstall. He comes from Indian Head, Maryland, where he played at Lackey High School.

David Williams, who is from Philadelphia, comes to UConn from the University of South Carolina. He’s a running back.

Ian Swenson, of Wilmette, Illinois, is a safety and played at Loyola Academy.

Caleb Thomas, a nose tackle from Mansfield, Texas, played at Mansfield High School.

Ryan Van Demark, of Princeton, New Jersey, will be a member of the Huskies’ offensive line. He went to the Hun School of Princeton.

Marvin Washington, of Orlando, Florida, is also a quarterback and played at Dr. Phillips High School.

"Marvin possesses an accurate and strong arm to make all the throws, and can also make plays with his feet," Edsall said. "He led Dr. Phillips to the state championship game in Florida's largest classification." 



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<![CDATA[UConn Still No. 1 in AP Women's Hoops Poll ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:26:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17011041850871.jpg

UConn remains the No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday after cruising to two more easy victories this past week. 

The Huskies (18-0) extended their NCAA record winning streak to 93 consecutive games. 

The top five was unchanged with Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State and South Carolina following UConn. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks face off Monday night in a key SEC matchup. 

Florida State, Washington, Notre Dame, Louisville and Stanford round out the first 10 teams in the Top 25. 

Washington's No. 7 ranking is the school's best since 1998 when the Huskies were also seventh. 

Green Bay entered the poll for the first time this season at No. 24. The Phoenix have won nine in a row with their only losses coming to the Irish and Wisconsin. 

Texas A & M fell out of the poll one week after entering. 

The poll can be found online. 



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<![CDATA[UConn Football to Play at Fenway Park in November]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:22:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Fenway-Park-Boston-shutterstock_88638070.jpg

UConn football is headed to Fenway Park.

On Nov. 18 the Huskies will host Boston College at Fenway Park in Boston. It is one of three college football games that will be played at the baseball park this year and the first time UConn will play at the iconic field.

“We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict in a press release. “This game will present our players with an unforgettable experience – playing in one of the most renowned venues in American sport – and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part.”

UConn was selected as part of a group of New England’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs.

On Nov. 10 Brown University with play Dartmouth College and on Nov. 11 the University of Massachusetts will host the University of Maine.

Game and ticket details have yet to be announced.



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<![CDATA[Geno Doesn't Want Streak to Be a Distraction]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:29:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Geno_Auriemma_Talks_About_the_Streak_1200x675_850960451919.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Randy Edsall Excited to Return as UConn Head Football Coach]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:39:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Randy-Edsall-billboard.jpg

Randy Edsall will be returning as head coach to the UConn football team in 2017, and on Friday was formally welcomed back at Rentschler Field.

Edsall spent 12 seasons with the Uconn football program from 1999 through the 2010 season and averaged eight wins per season. He racked up 74 wins in that time and lead UConn from a Division I-AA to Division I-A in 2002.

Many were upset at the way Edsall announced his departure from UConn after the Fiesta Bowl in 2010.

On Friday Edsall acknowledged that he made a mistake and apologized to the fans.

“Almost six years ago I made one of the worst decisions, in terms of how I left the University of Connecticut," he said. "That is something that I have to live with, and I’ve lived with. I’m not perfect. Everybody makes a mistake. I regret it.”

Edsall also said he was hoping he could move passed the mistake and focus on growing the team and winning.

"I just hope that I will be able to earn the trust back of all the wonderful fans because what I’m doing now is I apologize for how I left. It was wrong. I take full ownership and accountability for that, and now we’re gonna move forward together to grow this program," he said.

Edsall said he had already spoken to some of the players and was excited to get to work.

Edsall left his post as head coach at UConn in 2011 to take what he called his dream job as coach of the University of Maryland football team. He was fired from that job in 2015. Most recently he worked with the NFL’s Detroit Lions as the Director of Research – Special Projects.



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<![CDATA[Randy Edsall Returns as UConn's Head Football Coach]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:50:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/171*120/randy+edsall+final.jpg

Randy Edsall will be returning as head coach to the UConn football team in 2017, and on Friday he will be formally welcomed back at Rentschler Field.

Edsall spent 12 seasons with the Uconn football program from 1999 through the 2010 season and averaged eight wins per season. He racked up 74 wins in that time and lead UConn from a Division I-AA to Division I-A in 2002.

Director of Athletics David Benedict praised Edsall for his strong record at UConn.

“He led UConn to its most successful period in the history of our football program, and I believe he will provide consistent leadership and long-term success once again,” Benedict said in a statement.

Many were upset at the way Edsall announced his departure from UConn after the Fiesta Bowl in 2010.

“I completely understand and respect that there are loyal fans, supporters and former players that still have not forgotten and it will take time to forgive. I have many incredible memories of my time at UConn and I hope the fans do too. It is my goal to get us back to that level of success and I hope that all of the Husky fans out there will be along for the ride,” Edsall said in a release.

Edsall left his post as head coach at UConn in 2011 to take what he called his dream job as coach of the University of Maryland football team. He was fired from that job in 2015. Most recently he worked with the NFL’s Detroit Lions as the Director of Research – Special Projects.

The press conference for Edsall is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. 



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<![CDATA[Bob Diaco Relieved of Coaching Duties at UConn]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:43:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bob-diaco-boise-state-sept.jpg

UConn head football coach Bob Diaco is out of a job.

Diaco has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective January 2, according to a release on the UConn Athletics website.

"I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build a long-term success, Athletic Director David Benedict said in a statement.

Diaco finished the 2016 season with a 3-9 record. In three seasons, he was 11-26 as head coach.

"This is obviously not the way I had hoped things would turn out, but I appreciate having had the opportunity to be here at UConn," Diaco said in a statement.

According to his contract, UConn would have had to pay Diaco a $5 million buyout if the university fired him before December 31.  By waiting until Jan.2, the buyout is $3.4 million.

"I thank the administration, staff and fans of the UConn Football program for their passion and support over these three years. Most importantly, I want to say how much I love the players on this team and will be rooting for their success. I know that here are great things to come for all of them," Diaco said.

UConn will begin the search for a new head coach immediately, the university said.

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<![CDATA[Storrs Ranks in Top 25 'Best College Towns' List: Report]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:10:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+campus+new+sign+generic.jpg

Storrs ranks in the top 25 of America's college towns and cities, according to a new report released this week.  The survey from website WalletHub put Storrs at 15 overall on the list.  

The WalletHub report analyzed 415 U.S. cities and towns on 26 different criteria, including cost of living, crime rate, housing costs, cost of burgers and pizza, and breweries and nightlife options per capita.  The rankings also included indicators focused on academic and economic opportunities such as earning potential and unemployment rate.

Storrs came in near the bottom of the list for "nightlife options per capita" but scored second place in highest share of part-time jobs.  It came in 274 on the list for "WalletFitness," which has to do with affordability and cost of living.  However, Storrs rated much higher in "Academic and Economic Opportunities Rank."

Several other Connecticut locations made the list.  New Haven came in at 28 on the list of midsize cities, followed by Stamford at 136 and Bridgeport at 146.  Hartford was ranked 180 on the list of small cities.

The overall top 30 college towns and cities, according to the report are:

1. Oxford, OH

2. East Lansing, MI

3. West Lafayette, IN

4. Athens, OH

5. Amherst, MA

6. Clemson, SC

7. Ann Arbor, MI

8. Newark, DE

9. Charlottesville, VA

10. College Station, TX

11. Durham, NH

12. Atlanta, GA

13. Ithaca, NY

14. Ames, IA

15. Storrs, CT

16. Pullman, WA

17. Iowa City, IA

18. Austin, TX

19. Champaign, IL

20. Bozeman, MT

21. Gainesville, FL

22. Provo, UT

23. Chapel Hill, NC

24. Fayetteville, AR

25. Pittsburgh, PA

26. Moscow, ID

27. New Orleans, LA

28. Morgantown, WV

29. Columbus, OH

30. Bloomington, IN

You can find the full report from WalletHub by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Video: UConn Huskies Play in the Snow (No Not Those Huskies)]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:16:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+logo+generic.jpg

Not everyone enjoyed the batch of snow we received last weekend, but the University of Connecticut’s Jonathan the Husky and his brother Jonathan XIII sure did.

UConn posted a video of the pups playing in the snow on Facebook.

Parts of the state saw as much as 8 inches of snow last Saturday and cold temperatures followed, giving hope for a white Christmas. But the NBC Connecticut meteorologists say we’ll see a break from the winter weather over the next few days and a warming trend means a lot of the white stuff will melt away.

Sorry Jonathans.

Get the most updated forecast anytime on the NBC Connecticut weather page.



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<![CDATA[HBO to Chronicle UConn Women's Season in New Series]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:28:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-519287790.jpg

The top ranked lady Huskies are getting their very own HBO series, UConn and the network announced Tuesday.

The unscripted series, which debuts March 1, 2017, will chronicle the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team as they pursue a fifth consecutive national championship in the 2016-17 season.

The program, UCONN HUSKIES: THE MARCH TO MADNESS, will begin with an hour-long special and feature half-hour episodes every Wednesday.

As fans know, the Huskies are the reigning national champions and have seen unparalleled success in women’s college basketball under head coach Geno Auriemma. The team is on the verge of surpassing the UCLA men’s basketball record of 11 NCAA national championships.

HBO says the series will spotlight the players, coaches and support personnel as they deal with the high expectations brought on by their recent success.

“Our goal is to explore why this program is so accomplished and to tell the backstories of the student-athletes who are committed to carving out a remarkable piece of history on the college basketball landscape,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports, in a release.

Auriemma said the team was “absolutely thrilled” with the project.

“This offers a tremendous opportunity for a lot of people to get an inside look at our university and to see just what goes into building a championship team,” he said in a release.

The show will air on HBO and be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals. 



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<![CDATA[UConn’s Larrier Out for Rest of Season With Torn ACL]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:14:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16320097638265.jpg

UConn forward Terry Larrier will be out for the rest of the season after he injured his left knee against Oklahoma State.

Officials from UConn said Larrier, a redshirt sophomore, has a torn left ACL. Recovery for this type of injury generally takes around eight months.



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<![CDATA[Samuelson Drops 28 on LSU in 76-53 UConn Win]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:36:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn_LSU.jpg

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson recognized early on that LSU was exhibiting little respect for her long-range shooting. So the 6-foot-3 sophomore made the Lady Tigers pay with the most prolific game yet in her very promising career.

"She lit us up from the 3-point line," LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. "I didn't feel like we had the awareness that we needed to play somebody of her caliber as far as shooting the 3."

Samuelson hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 28 points, Kia Nurse added a season-best 15 points along with eight assists, and No. 3 UConn handed LSU its first loss of the season, 76-53 on Sunday night.

"I was shooting well and my teammates were getting me the ball, so I was going to keep shooting the 3s," Samuelson said. "I'm pleased with how I shot today and I just hope that'll carry on to the next game."

Crystal Dangerfield added 10 points and Gabby Williams grabbed 10 rebounds for UConn (3-0), which extended college basketball's longest active winning streak to 78 games. Yet Huskies coach Geno Auriemma didn't sound too pleased about how his team looked in its most lopsided victory of the young season. He cringed at UConn's 20 turnovers, 17 personal fouls, and six-minute stint without a field goal in the third quarter.

"Today was a struggle," Auriemma said. "The ball was flying all over the place."

Samuelson, who was widely seen as one of the nation's best freshmen last season, hit seven of her eight made shots from 3-point range and also sank all five of her free throws.

Nurse called it a "huge luxury" to know she could look for Samuelson anywhere on the offensive end and be confident she would hit open shots.

Raigyne Moncrief scored 15 points for LSU (3-1), which trailed by 21 at halftime and struggled to get much closer than that for much of the second half. Alexis Hyder added 11 points for the Lady Tigers.

UConn began to pull way on consecutive 3's by Nurse and Samuelson, which opened a 10-0 run that pushed the Huskies' lead to 31-16.

Later in the period, Samuelson hit a 3 from the right wing while being fouled by Hyder, completing a four-point play which made it 40-23. Samuelson added a couple free throws to give her 14 points in the first half, and Dangerfield's jumper made it 46-25 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: UConn's winning streak is the third longest in college basketball history, behind only its own program record of 90 straight from 2008-10 and the UCLA men's record of 88 consecutive victories from 1971-74. ... UConn has now beaten 110 straight unranked opponents since losing by a point to then-unranked St. John's on Feb. 18, 2012.

LSU: The Lady Tigers were off to their best start since their 9-0 beginning to the 2009-10 season and their struggles against a juggernaut like UConn doesn't mean this season's LSU squad won't be competitive in most games. "I thought we did some good things defensively," Fargas said, noting that her team played UConn tight for all but the second quarter. "We did some things for three quarters that really allowed us to show the potential of this team." ... Senior guard Rina Hill made her season debut after missing the first three games because of a hip injury. She played 15 minutes and had a rebound and an assist.

DIFFERENT ERA

The Huskies have now won five straight against LSU and improved to 8-1 all-time in the series, with the lone loss coming in the 2007 NCAA tournament regional finals to a Lady Tigers squad led by current WNBA and U.S. national team player Sylvia Fowles. After the game, Auriemma ran into another former LSU great, Seimone Augustus, outside the UConn locker room, and they chatted about the state of the Lady Tigers compared to about a decade ago.

"The talent level is just completely different. It's not even night and day," Auriemma said. "So from where it was, to where it is today, it's not even the same program. You can't even put it in the same category from back then. I don't know all the reasons why, but when that happens it takes a while to get it back."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

UConn defeated second-ranked Baylor on Thursday, and by winning convincingly at LSU, the Huskies did nothing to dissuade voters from moving them up at least one spot.



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