The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)
No football Spring game for Huskies in 2019
UConn announced Thursday that spring football practice will run from Feb. 12 to March 15 in 2019 and will conclude with a youth clinic and fan appreciation day tentatively scheduled for April 6 rather than the annual spring game.
UConn football coach Randy Edsall said the changes are being instituted due to the change in the recruiting calendar.
“We really appreciate the support we have had for our spring games over the years, but due to the change in the recruiting calendar for football and to allow our student-athletes to have a better overall experience in the off-season, we will be holding our spring practice in February and early March,” Edsall said in a statement. “This will allow our players more time to recover from injuries and also gets our summer lifting and condi- tioning program implemented earlier. We look forward to having our youth clinic/fan fest in April and feel this event will offer a better opportunity to engage with our fan base on a more personal level.”
The UConn women’s basketball team will face Ole Miss, St. John’s and Purdue from Nov. 24-26 in the Huskies’ first appearance in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands since 2012.
The returning team leaders in assists on two of UConn’s three opponents are Connecticut natives.
New Haven native Alissa Alston, who averaged 14 points per game with a team-leading 131 assists as a junior, is one of seven players currently on the Ole Miss roster.
Stamford’s Tiana England recorded 171 assists as a redshirt freshman at St. John’s.
UConn returns its top two scorers (Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier) from a team that was undefeated before a loss to Notre Dame in the national semifinals.