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UConn AD reportedly on the way out; Robert Burton dances with joy


UConn booster Robert Burton has a reason to celebrate.

As you’ll recall from several months ago, Burton, a CEO of Burton Capital Management, LLC, demanded a $3 million refund for his dissatisfaction — to put it politely — with UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway.

The source of Burton’s frustration can be traced to coach Randy Edsall’s decision to move to Maryland, and the subsequent hire of Paul Pasqualoni.

“The primary reason Randy took another job is because he couldn’t work with you,” Burton wrote in an angry letter to Hathaway. “You are not qualified to be a Division I AD and I would have fired you a long time ago. You do not have the skills to manage and cultivate new donors.”

Turns out, UConn felt the same way. Or, at the very least, similarly enough to relieve Hathaway of his duties.

According to the New London Day, and citing sources close to the situation, UConn president Susan Herbst is “working on a deal to negotiate athletic director Jeff Hathaway’s departure.”

Hathaway is currently operating within a six-year rollover contract and will be bought out for multiple reasons that indicate that Hathaway was incompetent in various degrees of his AD duties.

The Day explains:

State media outlets reported in recent days that Hathaway’s job has come under serious scrutiny. The Journal-Inquirer of Manchester first reported an outside firm interviewed key athletic department personnel, including coaches, about Hathaway’s job performance and the overall state of the athletic department.

The firm’s interviews, according to report, suggested that Hathaway’s shortcomings as athletic director are numerous, including micromanagement and an inability to make timely decisions, such as with hirings and contract issues.

But Hathaway’s most serious deficiencies, the sources said, centered primarily on fundraising revenues in consistent decline and a lack of attention paid to NCAA compliance. In both cases, the sources said, Hathaway failed to hire experienced replacements for former athletic fundraiser Paul Pendergast and former compliance director Bill Shults.

So, it appears Burton wasn’t completely off his rocker; only a little bit off.

Reportedly, no search has begun for a new AD.



Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah