Friday, September 17, 2010

2010-11 Schedule

It's not going to be easy, but the Huskies usually don't care for easy. The schedule features: Baylor, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Stanford, Duke and Oklahoma. If UConn is to match UCLA's 88-game win streak, it will happen at MSG against Ohio State. To break it, two nights later at Gampel vs. FSU.

Thu. 4 FRANKLIN PIERCE (exhib.) Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 10 INDIANA UNIVERSITY (Pa.) (exhib.) XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sun. 14 HOLY CROSS Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 2 p.m.
State Farm Tip-Off Classic, XL Center, Hartford, Conn.
Tue. 16 BAYLOR ESPN2 6 p.m.
Sun. 21 at Georgia Tech Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga. 2 p.m.
World Vision Challenge, Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.
Fri. 26 LSU vs. Lehigh 5 p.m.
Sat. 27 LSU vs. Howard 5 p.m.
Sun. 28 Lehigh vs. Howard 2 p.m.
Thu. 2 *at South Florida USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Fla. TBD
Sun. 5 SACRED HEART XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 1 p.m.
Thu. 9 *MARQUETTE Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Maggie Dixon Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Sun. 19 Rutgers vs. Texas A&M 12 p.m.
Connecticut vs. Ohio State 2:30 p.m.
Tue. 21 FLORIDA STATE XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Tue. 28 at Pacific Alex G. Spanos Center, Stockton, Calif. 10 p.m.
Thu. 30 at Stanford Maples Pavilion, Palo Alt, Calif. 9 p.m.
Wed. 5 *VILLANOVA Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 *at Notre Dame Purcell Pavilion, South Bend Ind. 2 p.m.
Wed. 12 *at St. John’s Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 15 *LOUISVILLE XL Center, Hartford, Conn. TBD
Mon. 17 at North Carolina Carmichael Auditorium, Chapel Hill, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sat. 22 *PITTSBURGH Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 26 *at Rutgers Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J. TBD
Sat. 29 *at Cincinnati First Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio TBD
Mon. 31 DUKE Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sat. 5 *DEPAUL Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 2 p.m.
Tue. 8 *at West Virginia West Virginia Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va. 7 p.m.
Sat. 12 *at Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. TBD
Mon. 14 OKLAHOMA XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sat. 19 *NOTRE DAME Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TBD
Tue. 22 *SETON HALL XL Center, Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m.
Sat. 26 *at Georgetown McDonough Arena, Washington, D.C. 3 p.m.
Mon. 28 *SYRACUSE Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quotes from Jacquie

There will be a story online, but this is what didn't get in:

On not serving as a grad assistant with ex-Husky Tonya Cardoza at Temple:
“It would have been great to go down there and get my Masters and work with Tonya, but at the end of the day this came along and this is what I want to do so why not jump right into it. I had to take it.”

On her responsibilities:
“It’s much different from the UConn build where there’s the job that we have, we have Sarah Darras, we have all these positions, but at Fairfield, the whole program literally gets run through me from travel to film exchange to video. It’s pretty crazy.

On landing the Fairfield job:
“I feel extremely fortunate and blessed. So many times I’ve heard, ‘You’re so lucky to get a job right after college.’ I definitely feel very, very lucky. I know people who are struggling to get jobs.”

On her UConn experience:
“I was able to learn from so many different people there and gain so much experience being under that program. Here, I’m taking on so many responsibilities each and every day and literally have this program run through me. I’m excited for it and I’m ready to take on the challenge that I have ahead of me. Hopefully, I can make Coach (Joe) Frager and all the other coaches’ jobs easier.”

On her career and still wanting to coach in the future:
“I’m very fortunate. I’m only 21, I have my whole life ahead of me, I know I’ll have a great career. But this is just great experience coming right out of college. I’m in all the staff meetings, I know what’s going on. ... The players coaches call me Coach Fernandes, and I feel like I am a coach even though I can’t directly say, ‘Do X, Y and Z.’ Coaching is what I want to do but I think this is an unbelievable experience to have. It’s going to be great for whatever university I end up at next.”

On being called "Coach":
“It’s definitely different. I’m sure some of the seniors are 21 and are my age, but it’s great I know what they’re going through. I’ve been through it at the best program at the country. I’ve done everything that they’re doing.”

Fernandes at Fairfield

former UConn guard Jacquie Fernandes was named Fairfield University's Director of Basketball
Operations this morning. Fernandes will be responsible for team travel and the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball office.

"I am very pleased to add Jacqui to our staff," said coach Joe Frager in a release. "Jacqui has been a winner, not just in college, but throughout her high school career as well. With her enthusiasm and work ethic, she is a welcome addition."

I've placed a call to Jacquie, so I'll let you know what she has to say when she gets back to me.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

UConn, Baylor to meet in Tip-off Classic

This is from Baylor's athletic site:

UConn will open its season and defend its undefeated streak on Nov. 16 at the XL Center against Baylor, in a rematch from the Final Four.

The game will be held Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.

Said Huskies coach Geno Auriemma: "We are very excited to be a part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon," Auriemma said. "Baylor is an outstanding team and the ESPN audience, along with the crowd at the XL Center, should be treated to a great game. Once again State Farm has stepped up to help make this possible and I would like to pass along my thanks to them."