UConn coach back in NJ for 9/11 tribute game
UConn men’s coach Dan Hurley was teaching high school history at St. Benedict’s in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 11, 2001, when he looked out a window and saw smoke rising from the World Trade Center across the Hudson River.
One of Hurley’s friends would lose his brother, a New York firefighter, in the terrorist attacks. Hurley had just started at the prep school as a teacher and coach. He took several international students into his home while the school was temporarily closed during the ensuing chaos.
Hurley returns to Newark on Saturday, his first visit since taking the UConn job.
The Huskies (7-2) will play No. 11 Florida State (7-1) just blocks from St. Benedict’s at the Prudential Center in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.
The event honors those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and raises money for the education of children who lost parents that day.
UConn: Connecticut will retire the numbers of former stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo.
The numbers 34 and 50 will be the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. The university says it’s an honor reserved for Hall of Famers.
In 2017, Lobo was the first UConn player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen was enshrined in September.
Lobo led the UConn women’s team to a 35-0 record and the first of 11 national championships in 1995. She wore No. 50 and finished her career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds and 396 blocked shots. She played seven seasons in the WNBA.
Allen was a first-team All-American in 1996. He scored 1,922 points at UConn and led the men to an 89-13 record during his three years in Storrs. He played 18 seasons in the NBA, becoming the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history.
Wichita State: The NCAA denied an appeal by sophomore guard Teddy Allen to play immediately after transferring from West Virginia, forcing him to sit out a redshirt season. Allen appealed to the subcommittee for legislative relief, arguing that the transfer was so he could be closer to his support system in Boys Town, Neb.
Ray Allen speaks during induction ceremonies on Sept. 7 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Connecticut will retire the numbers of former stars Allen and Rebecca Lobo.
Rebecca Lobo waves to the crowd after receiving her Basketball Hall of Fame ring in November 2017.