Nothing like UConn football to provide big laughs

Darn. That Bob Diaco is at it again. The second-year UConn coach has all of college football laughing. Not just chuckling, mind you. This is all-out, roll-into-the-end-zone laughing. Spike the ball, do a dance, point your finger and don’t worry about the penalty flag for excessive celebration. That Tweet was hilarious. We’re talking about that […]

Rule changes could make college hoops watchable again

Friday was a good day for college basketball. And if all goes according to plan, some day we may look back and say it was historically great. Thanks to recommonded rules changes and officiating directives from the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee, men’s college basketball should be a more watchable game starting next season. The […]

Is the NCAA ready to shorten the shot clock? Is that enough?

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has been meeting this week, holding its annual review and inspection of the game. While many season pass without significant changes, or perhaps minor tweaks, a rather significant alteration to the shot clock is expected to be announced on Friday. There has been a growing sentiment among coaches, officials […]

Kentucky’s Harrison should apologize for comment

INDIANAPOLIS – A couple of videos that illustrate both sides of a big game at college basketball’s Final Four. First, some raw video I shot from my spot on press row, showing Wisconsin fans, especially the Grateful Red, celebrating the final seconds of the Badgers’ 71-64 victory over previously undefeated Kentucky. These fans are a […]

Coach K, Cal, Izzo, Bo, Geno and David Letterman

What do these guys have in common? It seems everyone is checking in with an opinion on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. My rant was posted on Facebook last week, giving me plenty of time to calm down (a little) before traveling to the men’s NCAA Final Four on Friday. Politicians are arguing. Our governor […]

The Phog turns 60: Celebrating a hoops cathedral

  Broken down into 700,000 bricks, 1,625 tons of stone, 52,000 haydite blocks, 4,500 gallons of paint and 245,000 board feet of lumber for the roof, it is hard for a basketball arena to sound romantic. Those are the materials that were used to build Allen Fieldhouse, on the campus of the University of Kansas […]

Opinion: K-State fans disappointed everyone in college hoops

“YOU LET THE WHOLE TEAM DOWN!” That has become one of my favorite chants from student sections at college basketball games. Not sure of the origin. But under the category of home court advantage, it is fresh and to the point.┬áIt has some bite without being obscene. It is versatile and appropriate after a missed […]

Boatright proves defensive skills are still there

STORRS – You could say Ryan Boatright picked up exactly where he left off last season in Arlington, Texas. No, the stage wasn’t the Final Four. The opponent wasn’t Kentucky or Florida or Michigan State or Iowa State. This was Friday night at Gampel Pavilion and it was the 2014-15 season opener against Bryant. But […]

Toner’s touch still on display in Storrs

STORRS – Reminders of John Toner’s influence on the University of Connecticut can still be found on a tour through the campus in Storrs. Start with Gampel Pavilion, the silver, domed arena that dominates the skyline. Walk from one end of campus to the other, making note of the new buildings and renovations that have […]

Strain developing between UConn’s Diaco and local media

STORRS – Yesterday was all about the decision. Today will be about the presentation. I’ve been covering college football since 1977. I’ve covered teams from the Big Eight, the Big 12, the ACC, the Big East, and the American Athletic Conference. I’ve been to the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and the […]