Texas Longhorns: Connecticut Huskies

3-point stance: Life after UConn

October, 1, 2013
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1. George DeLeone hired Paul Pasqualoni as an assistant coach at Southern Connecticut State in 1976, and the two have coached together for most of the seasons since, from Division III to FBS to the NFL. When UConn fired Pasqualoni on Monday after two-plus seasons as head coach, the school fired DeLeone, the associate head coach and offensive line coach, too. The Huskies are 0-4, scoring 18 points and gaining 272.5 yards of total offense per game. Pasqualoni has a solid record (151-94-1, .616) in 22 years as a head coach. Something tells me he and DeLeone aren’t done coaching -- together -- just yet.

2. Oregon has won its last 15 road conference games, the longest such FBS winning streak. The Ducks have won their last game at every Pac-12 opponent save Utah (in 2003, when Utes were in MWC. Does that count?) Alabama has won nine straight road SEC games. Stanford and Texas A&M each have won their last five road conference games. The Cardinal lost to Washington in 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. However, with the victory at that stadium Saturday over Washington State, Stanford has won its last game at every opposing venue in the Pac-12.


3. Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds will announce today that he is retiring next August after 32 years. All Dodds, a former track coach, has done is transform Texas into the premier sports program in the nation. It took him three coaching hires to find Mack Brown, but 150 wins and one BCS championship in 16 seasons indicate Dodds got that one right. It’s a measure of the resources and the expectations that Dodds has raised that fans wonder why the Longhorns don’t dominate every sport in which they compete.

All-American Championship recap 

April, 2, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS – The second-annual All-American Championship consisted of two all-star games featuring 38 of the top seniors and underclassmen in the country.

The difference in the pair of games (North vs. South, East vs. West) versus the McDonald’s All-American Game was the level of competitiveness. A handful of McDonald’s All-Americans were sprinkled into the event but for the most part, the All-American Championship featured outstanding players with a chip on their shoulders. The “McDonald’s slight” was evident in the approach by many of the players and some acknowledged they had something to prove, none more than UConn signee Omar Calhoun (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ The King).

Calhoun's 26 points was the best scoring performance in the two-year history of the event. Normally, in an all-star setting that would mean he scored on run outs and easy buckets but, his game was exactly opposite. Known for his deep stroke, Calhoun also unleashed a barrage of midrange shots within the flow of the game. More impressive was his ability to finish through contact, get to the line and knock down free throws. His role at Connecticut expands with every declaration for the draft and he’ll be ready to take the floor as a freshman.

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