JOE D’S NOTEBOOK

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So much to say, so little space so here goes.

For the 2nd straight week, a winnable game slips away from the UConn Huskies. Iowa State made plenty of big plays and it resulted in a 24-20 win. Dave Teggart’s two missed field goals didn’t lose the game. Neither did the defense’s inability to stop the Cyclones offense after UConn took a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.

This game was lost by the offense early in the game. The defense handed them primo field position after three interceptions. The offense did next to northing with those chances.
IOWA STATE 41- INT on first play
IOWA STATE 34- FG after gaining 0 yards on 3 plays
IOWA STATE 28- Missed FG after getting 2 yards in 7 plays.

That is where the game was lost. The three QB system continues to annoy the fans (at least some of them) but I guarantee you the coaching staff would love to see one of the three take the job by the throat. No one has done that yet.

But the on field developments take a back seat to the off field news that Syracuse, a charter member of the Big East and Pittsburgh, which was the 9th member of the league, is joining the ACC. I don’t blame either school for seeing the handwriting on the wall and being pre-emptive. They are doing what they feel is in their best interest. There will be unlimited criticism of Big East commissioner John Marinatto for letting this happen under his watch. No one knows the inside story except Marinatto…But it doesn’t look good for him.

Now, it is up to the powers that be at UConn, meaning President Susan Herbst, to make their move. President Herbst will be pro-active in trying to do whats best for the school. And it isn’t staying in a new version of the Big East. If UConn can get admitted to the ACC, they HAVE to go for it. No ifs, ands or buts. I think the ACC makes much more sense than the Big Ten,which of course now has 12 teams. Forget about the bitterness when BC ,Virginia Tech and Miami left. It’s an ever changing landscape in college athletics and UConn has to keep pace.

The biggest irony is the news broke on the weekend that the man who founded the BIG EAST, the legendary Dave Gavitt passed away. Dee Rowe introduced me to Dave a long long time ago. He was never too busy to talk, or just a simple “Hi Joe”. If it wasn’t for Dave Gavitt, UConn would have never achieved the athletic success it has over the last 22 years. Gavitt was held in high esteem by everyone who met him, especially the icons of the Big East like Boeheim, Thompson,Carnescca, Calhoun,Auriemma, et al. Anyone who knew Dave Gavitt is better for having met him.

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