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UConn is in its normal spot with a No. 1 seed for the women’s NCAA Tournament. Familiar territory for Stanford and South Carolina, too.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma wasn’t surprised that the NCAA women’s basketball tournament will be played in one geographical area. It just makes the most sense.
UConn has canceled its 2020-2021 football season, becoming the first FBS program to do so because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Megan Walker scored 23 points and No. 5 UConn completed its seventh consecutive undefeated American Athletic Conference regular season with an 80-39 rout of South Florida on Monday night.
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Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points, Megan Walker added 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 4 UConn beat Cincinnati 80-50 Thursday night to win its 129th straight American Athletic Conference game.
The matchup of Connecticut versus Tennessee was a pivotal rivalry for women’s basketball for more than a decade.
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Crystal Dangerfield scored 22 points and Megan Walker added 21 to lead top-ranked UConn to an 83-55 win over Wichita State Thursday night, giving the Huskies their 122nd win without a loss in American Athletic Conference play.
The NCAA has denied an appeal from UConn that would have allowed Tennessee transfer Evina Westbrook to play for the Huskies this season.
UConn freshman guard James Bouknight has received a three-game suspension over allegations he fled from a car crash. Coach Dan Hurley announced the discipline Thursday, calling it “appropriate.”
UConn and Louisville will host the U.S. Women’s national basketball team in winter exhibition games in preparation for next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
UConn coach Dan Hurley is back at work full time, less than two weeks after having surgery for a degenerative spinal condition that required replacing two disks in his neck with artificial ones. Hurley described the fear he felt when doctors told him in August that he needed surgery and that any hard fall or bump could have left him paralyzed. He says before this summer, he had always thought of himself as bulletproof.
The arbitrator in the dispute between UConn and Kevin Ollie says the former basketball coach is protected by a union contract when it comes to the standard the school must meet in proving his ouster was justified. The union agreement requires a showing of serious misconduct. UConn had argued that Ollie’s personal contract superseded union protections, allowing it to fire him for a broader range of offenses.
The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a $17 million exit fee to the American Athletic Conference so the school can rejoin the Big East next year. The Huskies will join the Big East in all sports except football, men’s and women’s ice hockey and rowing. UConn also announced Friday its football program will become an independent in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2020.
American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says the league has no plans to add a member to replace Connecticut when the school leaves to join the Big East. UConn’s return to the Big East was announced last month, but exactly when it departs from the American and how much it will have to pay in exit fees still must be negotiated. Aresco says the American is not targeting any schools to add, but it is open to a school that could add value to the conference.
UConn’s men’s basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and Kevin Ollie has been sanctioned individually for violations of NCAA rules during his tenure as coach. An NCAA panel outlined numerous violations, most of them occurring between 2013 and 2018. It agreed with penalties UConn self-imposed in January, including the loss of one scholarship for the 2019-20 season. Ollie’s attorney says the former coach plans to appeal the sanctions.
UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted to accept an invitation to move its basketball and most other teams from the American Athletic Conference. President Susan Herbst signed a contract with the league. The teams are expected to begin play in the conference at the start of the 2020-21 academic year. The school hasn’t decided where the football team will play because the Big East doesn’t include football.
A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to get back into the Big East for basketball and other sports. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, confirmed there have been talks with the Big East, but said they were not aware any invitation had been extended.