UConn coach back in NJ for 9/11 trib­ute game

The Olympian - - Sports -

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 the win­dow and saw smoke ris­ing from the World Trade Cen­ter across the Hud­son River in New York.

One of Hur­ley’s friends would lose his brother, a New York fire­fighter, in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks that day. 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 back home 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. in March, an honor the univer­sity says that’s re­served for Hall of Famers.

Wi­chita State: The NCAA de­nied an ap­peal by sopho­more guard Teddy Allen to play im­me­di­ately af­ter trans­fer­ring fromWest Vir­ginia, forc­ing him to sit out a red­shirt sea­son. Allen ap­pealed to the sub­com­mit­tee for leg­isla­tive re­lief ar­gu­ing that the trans­fer was so that he could be closer to his sup­port sys­tem in Boys Town, Ne­braska. The small vil­lage near Omaha pro­vides care, treat­ment and ed­u­ca­tion to at-risk chil­dren with be­hav­ioral, emo­tional and aca­demic is­sues. Allen ar­rived at Boys Town when he was 17 and blos­somed into a star bas­ket­ball player.

St. John’s: The men’s team will honor the late Hall of Fame bas­ket­ball writer Jim O’Con­nell of The As­so­ci­ated Press with a patch on game uni­forms Sun­day at Madi­son Square Gar­den. O’Con­nell, an alum­nus, was a fix­ture cov­er­ing sports at the Gar­den. He died in July at 64.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.