Joe D's Notebook: Scouting The CavaliersMuch like UConn in 2016, Virginia struggled. The Cavaliers were just 2-10 in the first year under Bronco Mendenhall, who surprised many by leaving BYU to come to Charlottesville. Like the Huskies, who endured a six game losing streak to end the season, Virginia lost its final seven games.
Joe D's Notebook: Onto VirginiaAfter an unexpected Saturday off, the UConn football team is ready…and anxious…to swing back into action Saturday with their first road game of the season against Virginia. The Huskies practiced for two hours on Saturday instead of playing for three and a half ,then got back into a normal game week prep on Sunday.
Joe D's Notebook: Damn IrmaThis was supposed to be a preview of USF and Saturday’s game with UConn. But, as you know by now, Mother Nature has gotten in the way. In the interest of the safety of the USF travel party getting back to Tampa on Saturday, the game has been cancelled. Yes, it is disappointing, especially for the UConn seniors who miss out on one more opportunity to play in front of the home fans at The Rent. Randy Edsall always talks about a game being one of 12 opportunities. Well, one of those opportunities is gone. And it’s disappointing for
Joe D's Notebook: USF Preview - Part 1David Bowie made a hit out of the song “Changes” in 1972. Randy Edsall made changes after week one of the UConn Football season after Thursday’s narrow win against Holy Cross. The biggest change comes at quarterback where Bryant Shirreffs rescued a slumbering UConn offense by leading the Huskies to three second half touchdowns to rally UConn from a 20-7 deficit. Edsall said the fifth year senior
Joe D's Notebook: Holy Cross - The RecapFor 43 minutes Thursday night, it looked like the UConn Football would get off to a disastrous start. Holy Cross was dominating the Huskies and held a 20-7 lead. The return of Randy Edsall was not going well. Then, things changed with the insertion of senior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs into the lineup. The heretofore lethargic offense went 53 yard in 78 seconds to get within six points. The defense produced a three and out and Shirreffs marched the Huskies 59 yards in 8 plays and threw a perfectly executed touchdown pass to Hergy Mayala to give Connecticut a lead it wouldn’t lose in an eventual 27-20 season opening win.
Joe D's Notebook: 8-30-2017Much of the publicity surrounding the new look of the UConn Huskies has surrounded the fast paced offense. Equally important are the changes that have been made on the defensive side of the ball. New defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, a native of Waterford (and big Yankees fan, two reasons we get along ! ) has implemented a 3-3-5 scheme that emphasizes attacking the offense. It is a far cry from the philosophy of the previous head coach who did not blitz and played a more read and react style. To a man, the defensive players are thrilled with the change and anxious to make things happen on their side of the ball.
Joe D's Notebook: 8/28/2017It’s baaack…Yes, with the football season opening on Thursday night at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (heretofore to be called “The Rent”) it’s time to get back to giving my thoughts on the Huskies. It’s been a great summer but I am ready to get back to covering the Huskies.
The Women's Beat: Annnnnnd Away We Go!!LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!
The Women's Beat: 90 in a Row – Part DeuxBeen there done that, but not this group.
Who Will Be UConn's New Head Football Coach?Joe D and Jeff Jacobs, sports columnist with the Hartford Courant, discuss what UConn needs to look for in a Head Football Coach in the wake of the firing of Bob Diaco.
The Women's Beat with Bob Joyce: Some Thoughts Six Games InIt’s been a rock solid start for Geno Auriemma’s Team as they’ve played teams with so many different styles and for the most part handled them well. Has it always been pretty ? That would be no...
Joe D’s Notebook: After The Tulane GameIt was more of the same for the UConn football team in their season finale Saturday against Tulane. The only difference was it came against a team that came into the game with six straight losses, making the 38-13 drubbing by the Green Wave even tougher to swallow.

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