Rutgers reportedly plans to hire Steve Pikiell

What a week it was for Steve Pikiell, the Bristol, Conn., native who went on star for Jim Calhoun’s UConn basketball team and later served as Calhoun’s assistant coach. One week after winning his first America East tournament championship in 11 seasons at Stony Brook, Pikiell was selected to become the new head coach at […]

NCAA history: “The Shot” lives on 25 years later

A reflection on the NCAA tournament 25 years ago, while wondering whether Kansas State fans are rooting for Kansas or Wichita State today. I’m guessing Wichita State – or they just aren’t interested. THE SHOT UConn isn’t in the NCAA tournament this season, but today is a special anniversary in Huskies history. Scott Burrell made […]

Jim Calhoun issues statement praising Smith

UConn has just released a statement from Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun regarding the passing of former North Carolina coach Dean Smith: Coach Calhoun: “Like the rest of the college basketball world, I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dean Smith, who was not only one of one of the greatest […]

UConn, Georgetown to renew basketball rivalry

Good news today for fans of the old Big East basketball conference. UConn and Georgetown have announced the renewal of their rivalry in a home-and-home series the next two seasons. Georgetown is scheduled to come to Connecticut on Jan. 23, 2016, with the Huskies visiting the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., to play the Hoyas on […]

UConn basketball notebook

UConn has announced that the Alumni Association will honor the men’s and women’s basketball national champions with “An Evening With Champions” on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn. Tickets are $85 per person and table sponsorships are available. Former UConn star Rebecca Lobo will host the event. Here’s […]

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 […]

Back in business at The Files

My apologies to followers of this blog. I’ve heard from some who are missing our posts. Well, I’m glad to say we are back at it. I was shut down for about four days last week with laptop computer problems. Those have been fixed. Then I took a four-day weekend vacation home to Kansas City […]

HOF Coach Jim Calhoun and ESPN? Not breaking news

Hold the presses! Oh, wait a minute. They don’t scream that any more, do they? Breaking news! Maybe you just got an alert on your phone or tablet that The Big Lead is reporting that former UConn coach Jim Calhoun is going to join ESPN’s college basketball coverage.  Plans are fluid, the story reports. Yes, […]

Toronto fulfills DeAndre Daniels’ NBA dream

DeAndre Daniels did a lot of pacing Thursday. The former UConn forward was watching the NBA Draft with his family in Manchester. He watched the entire first round, saw teammate Shabazz Napier selected by Charlotte and then traded to Miami, but had to leave the room before the second round began. Fortunately, he has good […]

Ollie continues meteoric rise in coaching profession

Two years ago today no one knew that Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun was on the verge of retiring as coach of the UConn basketball team. And it certainly was no lock that Kevin Ollie would be promoted from his position as assistant coach to become Calhoun’s successor. All of that – and much more […]