By PAT EATON-ROBB,  Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni says the unusual October snow storm that struck Connecticut over the weekend has become an unwanted distraction as his team prepares to host Syracuse this week.

Pasqualoni says members of his coaching staff are among the hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents without power and have been focusing a lot of their time and energy on keeping their families safe and warm.

He says he has opened up the team’s football complex to those families to give them access to electricity and showers.

The National Guard has been using part of the parking lot at the team’s stadium, Rentschler Field in East Hartford, as a
distribution point for emergency relief supplies. But Col. John Whitford says that will not have any impact on Saturday’s game.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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