UCONN's opener postponed

UCONN and the Paul Pasqualoni era were scheduled to open up at home Thursday night against Fordham.  

That game, unfortunately, has been postponed.  

UCONN's announcement:

The University of Connecticut vs. Fordham football game scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1 has been postponed due to Rentschler Field being unavailable for use. The stadium is currently being used by the Connecticut National Guard for use as a commodities distribution center to provide towns and cities of the state that are in need of essential supplies in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

UConn is hopeful to receive confirmation that the game will be rescheduled to Saturday at Rentschler Field.

We will update this post as word comes about rescheduling this game.

Wednesday Update> We have been notified that the game will now be played Saturday at noon at Rentschler Field.  

Spurrier: "What are you watchin them dudes for?"

At his press conference today, the head ball coach was explaining to the congregation that this week's opponent, East Carolina, is "pretty dang good."  

Spurrier touted that this is basically "Mike Leach's offense" that East Carolina is running and you know what that means, "they go up and down the field every year against about anybody".  

Spurrier noted that ECU's defense wasn't particularly good last season and that the rumor is they have moved to a 3-4 scheme.  Spurrier added his offensive staff has been watching video of Air Force and BYU's defense because they believe that is who the ECU staff has learned the most from in implementing their new defense.  

"So you say, 'What are you watchin them dudes for?' well that's because we think this is what they're going to look like."  


We video our own sideline

Jerry Kill takes the field Saturday afternoon for the first time as the head foootball coach for the University of Minnesota when his team opens at USC.  

The truck is packed and on it's way and Kill held his Tuesday presser just a few minutes ago.

A couple of quotes from Kill...

"There's nothing like game day...I might be the only coach in the country who videos the sideline; I want to see how people act." 

"Their focus has been very good...We still have so much to learn as a football team...It's new to everybody."

"We'll know a lot about our team when we play USC.  We have to make sure we're prepared for the Big Ten."

"Everybody on our football team has to be a leader right now...I don't judge anybody until your back's against the wall."

"You learn about who your true leaders are when you deal with adversity - anyone can jump in the fox hole when the going is good." 

"We're not going to build a program on sand, we're going to build it on concrete - that's how you build a program."

"Any coach in America will say there's an art to scheduling; there's an art to turning a program around."

"This is the way I'm going to do it, and I ain't changing!"

Regarding USC specifically, Kill offered,

"They're USC...They're going to have 500 tailbacks lined up and they all can play"

"Mis-alignments and mis-assignments will beat you long before mis-matchups"

When coaches return from war

In this morning's USA Today, you can find a powerful piece on Dwight Richins.

Richins is the head coach at Shelley High School in Idaho.  Shelley has won the state championship every odd year since 2003 with Richins at the helm.

Last year, Lt. Colonel Richins, an army reservist, spent the year in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedom.  

It would be unjust for us to summarize the emotions within the article here, can only suggest that you find the time to read it when you can.  It will not only make you proud of Coach Richins, thankful for his service and for that of all of our brave men and women that work so hard and give so much of themselves to protect this country; but also will remind all of us just how fortunate we are to get to coach young men and give them guidance in their lives.

USA Today's article by Rick Hampson 

Don't we all wish we were on the field for this conversation

Saturday night, Dennis Franchione leads his Texas State squad into Lubbock to play Tubbs' Texas Tech Red Raiders.  

Think about that for a moments.  Fran and Tubbs on the sideline talking pre-game in West Texas.  That's college football.

This will be Coach Fran's first game on the sidelines since the 2007 season.  This will be the Bobcats final season playing 1-AA (why do some call this FCS?).  In 2012 Texas State will step up and play a full slate in the WAC.  

This is an important game for both teams and for both coaches and we'll be glad to see these two guys coaching on the same field again.  If anyone happens to mic up either coach for their pre-game talk, send us the feed.

Interesting Note > Texas Tech radio color analyst John Harris will be covering the game...his 336th straight Tech game.  336.

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