<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:13:57 -0500 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:13:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UConn's Warde Manuel Named New AD at Michigan]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:54:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Warde+Manuel+heading+to+Michigan.JPG

UConn athletic director Warde Manuel is leaving UConn to take the athletic director job at the University of Michigan.

He will begin on March 13, University of Michigan announced this morning.

Rachel Rubin, who began her career at UConn as an associate athletic director and serves as chief of staff to the president, will serve as interim athletic director and UConn will conduct a national search for a replacement for Manuel.

Earlier this week, sources told NBC Connecticut sports director Kevin Nathan that Manuel is taking the Michigan job.

Manuel, who has been the athletic director at UConn since 2012, was a high school All-American football player and played for the University of Michigan. In 1998, he was named an assistant athletic director at Michigan.

Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett said in a text message Wednesday morning: "Search is confidential until announcement."

Hackett has served as AD since Oct. 31, 2014, when he came out of retirement to replace Dave Brandon after he resigned.

Hackett is on the school's advisory committee for its AD search, but pulled his own name out of the running.

<![CDATA[The Huskies Are Good at Puzzles Too]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:47:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/huskypuzzles012616.jpg What do the Huskies do off the basketball court? Puzzles and knitting of course! But who is the best? That is up for debate.]]> <![CDATA[2016 US Olympic Team Training Camp to be Held in Storrs]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:56:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/breannastewart.jpg

The USA Basketball Women's National Team training two day training camp will be held at the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center in Storrs, according to the University of Connecticut. 

There has ben 25 finalists selected for the U.S. Olympic Tem for 2016-- UConn players heavily represented among the finalists including WNBA stars and UConn alum Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut).

Breanna Stewart is the only collegiate athlete who has been selected as a finalist for the Olympic team. 

"Because of the quality and talent in the USA National Team pool, every time we pare the list it is a difficult task,"  said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women's National Team Director and chair of the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee. "Yet, we eventually have to get down to a 12-member team."

The committee is responsible for narrowing down the pool of finalist for the 12 person Olympic team.

The USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp will be on Feb. 21 to 23 at the UConn Storr's campus. 

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<![CDATA[UConn's Stewart Named AAC Player of the Week]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:32:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_346538653499.jpg

UConn senior Breanna Stewart, who plays forward for the lady Huskies basketball team, has been named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

This is her third Player of the Week award this season so far. 

Stewart, a North Syracuse, New York native, is third on UConn's all-time scoring list at 2,182 points in her career, putting her ahead of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Nykehsa Sales and right behind Tina Charles and Maya Moore. 

She averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and six assists a game and shot 58.6 percent from the floor one a week the first-seeded Huskies was 2-0, according to Pat McKenna, associate director of athletic communications at UConn.

In the team's win over Maryland last Monday night in New York City, she scored 23 points, made six rebounds and launched seven assists, McKenna said. She was 10-18 at the Maggie Dixon Classic against the Maryland Terps, then scoring 16 in UConn's win at Cincinnati, also getting nine rebounds and making five assists.  She was "7-11 from the floor in only 22 minutes of action" against the Cincinnati Bearcats. 

The Huskies play again on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the XL Center in Hartford against Tulsa at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on SNY. 

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<![CDATA[Marshall Beats UConn in St. Petersburg Bowl]]> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:29:35 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

Chase Litton went 23 for 34 for 218 yards and one touchdown as Marshall won its 10th game this season by beating Connecticut 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday.

Nick Smith had three field goals for Marshall (10-3), including a 32-yarder with 1:44 to play that was part of a 13-play, 80-yard march that lasted 6:35. The Thundering Herd went 13-1 a year ago and 10-4 in 2013.

Bryant Shirreffs completed 10 of 17 passes for 86 yards and gained 75 yards on 19 carries for UConn (6-7), which came up short in a bid to have a winning record for the first time since 2010.

UConn stopped Marshall on fourth-and-2 at the 17 on the initial drive of the second half after the Thundering Herd opted to skip a field goal try that could have made it 16-7.

The Thundering Herd also failed to increase a 13-7 lead on their next possession when Smith missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with less than 3 minutes left in the third.

The Huskies got within 13-10 on Bobby Puyol's 52-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the third.

Marshall took a 7-0 lead 7 minutes into the game when Litton, who played in high school in Tampa, threw a 16-yard TD pass to Ryan Yurachek. Deandre Reaves' 26-yard punt return set up Marshall at the UConn 20.

Reaves also had nine receptions for 88 yards.

Connecticut tied it at 7 late in the first on an 8-yard run by Ron Johnson that completed a 13-play, 75-yard drive.

Marshall responded with a 13-play, 65-yard drive that concluded with Smith's 21-yard field goal that gave the Thundering Herd a 10-7 advantage 8 minutes before halftime.

Smith made it 13-7 with a 29-yard field goal on the final play of the first half that finished off a 15-play, 85-yard drive.

Connecticut sophomore cornerback Jamar Summers got his eighth interception of the season, including six in the last five games, early in the fourth.

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<![CDATA[Huskies Headed to St. Petersburg Bowl]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:54:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

UConn football is going to the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26.to take on Marshall University at Tropicana field.

“The entire University of Connecticut Division of Athletics is excited and proud to accept an invitation in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl,” UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said. “Our football student-athletes and coaching staff have worked very hard this season and the results of those efforts have shown on the field. UConn Nation has a strong presence in Florida and we look forward to a strong showing of Husky fans at the game.”

UConn was 3-5 at one point, and then finished with three wins in its last four games for a 6-6 season, 4-4 in the American Athletic Conference. A win over nationally-ranked Houston in late November secured them bowl eligibility. 

It's the Huskies' sixth bowl trip in school history, according to a press release from UConn.

"We have a very good matchup this year with UConn, a program on the rise that just knocked off undefeated Houston, and Marshall is one win away from notching its third consecutive 10-win season," said Brett Dulaney, executive director of the St. Petersburg Bowl. "Surprisingly this is the first time that UConn is playing a bowl game in Florida so we hope to see many of their fans make the trip to take advantage of our tropical weather and bowl week events. We enjoyed hosting Marshall in 2011 and look forward to having them back again this year and seeing lots of Thundering Herd fans in St. Petersburg."

The Huskies also knocked off Houston, probably the biggest reason why they ended up bowl-bound for the first time since their Fiesta Bowl run to end the 2010 season.

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<![CDATA[Stewart Leads No. 1 UConn to a 91-81 Win Over No. 3 Irish ]]> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 19:10:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/geno-auriemma-PVAM.jpg

Morgan Tuck has been a big part of UConn's success the past few seasons.

She had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to help the No. 1 Huskies beat third-ranked Notre Dame 91-81 on Saturday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

"Morgan's just somebody we can count on every day, every night," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "She's nothing flashy, nothing spectacular, just does all the little things that help you win games. That's the best way to describe Morgan. It's been like that since her first year here. Not great anything, but good at everything and she's really good at winning games."

This was the latest chapter in the top rivalry in women's basketball. These two teams have played for the national championship or in the Final Four in the past five seasons, including last season's title game that Connecticut won.

"It's Notre Dame, anytime we play them we always want to play our best," said Breanna Stewart, who led UConn with 28 points. "Even when we were coming out in warmups you could tell how excited the student section was, you could tell this would be a big game."

The Huskies (6-0) have won 43 consecutive games.

For the second straight game, the Huskies only held a one-possession lead at the half. They led 58-54 midway through the third quarter before Tuck started a 20-2 run over the next 7 minutes. She had eight points during the spurt.

The lead grew to 78-56 early in the fourth quarter before Notre Dame scored 13 of the next 15 points to close within 11 with 4:46 left, but couldn't get much closer.

Freshman Marina Mabrey scored a career-best 23 to lead Notre Dame (7-1).

"I'm proud of the way we battled," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "Marina was outstanding in the first half. I thought we lost the game in the third quarter. So many little things we can't afford to make those kinds of mistakes. The margin of error for us with this team right now is very small. Twenty turnovers I thought that was the difference in the game."

UConn had won its first five games by an average of 38 points. Despite missing Brianna Turner and Taya Reimer with injuries, the Irish were able to hang around.

Without its two posts, UConn made a conscious effort to go inside. The Huskies' first 10 points came in the paint as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead. They extended their lead to 10 on a spectacular tip-in by Stewart off a miss where she was fouled. The senior star converted the free throw to make it 20-10.

Then sisters Marina and Michaela Mabrey rallied the Irish. They scored 17 of the team's next 20 points to get Notre Dame to 31-30. A layup with 5:15 left in the second quarter by Kristina Nelson gave the Irish their first lead of the game. The two teams traded baskets over the rest of the half as Madison Cable scored nine straight points for Notre Dame. UConn led 45-43 at the break.

Marina Mabrey finished the half with 21 points.

"We got down 10-2 and then regrouped," McGraw said. "That was good, proud of the effort as it showed a lot of character, lot of perseverance."


Notre Dame: The Irish shot a blistering 65 percent (13 for 20) from behind the arc. ... McGraw celebrated her 60th birthday and Auriemma gave her a small gift before the game. Notre Dame is 5-3 when playing on her birthday.

UConn: The Huskies have won 26 of their last 34 games against teams ranked in the top five. Six of the eight losses have come against Notre Dame, including the last two in 2013. ... This is the fifth straight year that UConn has played in the Jimmy V game, which honors the former N.C. State coach who died of cancer in 1993.

INJURY BUG: Turner's missed the past four games after injuring her right shoulder in practice last week. She will be out at least a couple of weeks as she tries to avoid season-ending surgery through rehab. Turner was on the bench with her arm in a sling. The Irish also were missing Reimer, who has been dealing with a sore Achilles. She's day-to-day, but didn't travel with the team to Connecticut.


This was the 19th meeting between the schools since Jan. 16, 2010. UConn has won 12 of them, but the Irish won seven of eight in the series from 2011-2013. After taking a year off when the Irish left the Big East, the two teams played in last season's Jimmy V Classic as well as the national championship game.


Notre Dame: vs No. 23 DePaul on Wednesday night.

UConn: at Colgate on Wednesday night.

<![CDATA[Miller Time at UConn]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:50:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shonnmiller120215.jpg Kevin Nathan catches up with UConn graduate student forward Shonn Miller, who came to the Huskies from Cornell.]]> <![CDATA[Diaco Expected to be Bowl Eligible in Year Two]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:39:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/diaco112415.jpg The UConn football team is bowl eligible with six wins and their head coach is not surprised by his team's improvements.]]>