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UConn now up to nearly two-dozen players who have entered transfer portal

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At this point, UConn football should just start having their mail sent to the portal.  Them and Virginia Tech, to be fair.  And UCLA, too.

Wednesday, 247Sports.com reported that three more members of the UConn football program had entered their names into the NCAA transfer database. The most noteworthy of the new additions is Cam DeGeorge. The redshirt junior offensive lineman started all but two games for the Huskies the past three seasons.

In addition to DeGeorge, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Garrison Burnett and junior defensive back Oneil Robinson are in the portal as well.

Robinson played in 20 games during his time with the Huskies. He’s started 10 of those contests.

Burnett has caught just one pass for seven yards in his career, with that lone reception coming as a redshirt freshman in 2018.

With the additions of DeGeorge, Burnett and Robinson, the tote board according to 247Sports.com accounting of UConn football players who have entered the portal this current cycle is now up to 23. That’s “2-3.”

Among those who have entered before this current trio is Tyler Coyle. This past season, the starting safety led the Huskies in tackles (86), pass breakups (10) and forced fumbles (two).

In the third season of his second stint as the UConn football head coach, Randy Edsall went 2-10 in 2019. The Huskies have just six wins since Edsall returned in 2017; that’s the worst three-year stretch in the program’s FBS history.

In June of last year, it was confirmed that UConn football would be leaving the AAC following the 2019 season and playing as an independent in the sport.

LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)

UConn AD gives Randy Edsall a vote of confidence

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UConn is 6-30 in the 2.0 tenure of Randy Edsall, having gone 3-9 in 2017, 1-11 last year and 2-10 this. The program reportedly also has more than a dozen players in the transfer portal.

Needless to say, it’s not a good time in the annals of Husky football, but it’s also not a good time to make a coaching change. The program is short on cash and in the midst of transitioning from the American to life as an FBS independent, and AD David Benedict has no plans to add another major change on top of that. As he told the AP on Sunday:

“I’m not saying that everyone has to share the same opinion or have the same level of confidence in Coach Edsall that I do, but he has to be given the time to build the program and you can’t do it in three years,” he said. “Ultimately over the next three years, we’ll hopefully see our program become more and more competitive.”

As far as votes of confidence go, this is about the least confident you’ll ever see an AD be when he backs his coach.

But at the same time, it’s also one of the most concrete. Whereas most ADs will commit to backing their coach through the end of that season and the one following at the absolute most, Benedict seems to indicate Edsall will not only be back in 2020, but 2021 and ’22 as well.

Memphis, Navy headline AAC football award winners

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Ahead of the American Athletic Conference’s championship game this weekend, one of its participants is, not surprisingly, well-represented in the latest league to release its postseason award winners.

Very late Wednesday afternoon, the AAC announced the winners of its five major awards based on regular-season play.  Memphis, which will square off with Cincinnati in the league’s title game Saturday, claimed two of those honors, as did Navy.

Below are those recipients:

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Malcolm Perry, QB, Navy

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Quincy Roche, DE, Temple

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Dane Roy, P, Houston
Antonio Gibson, WR/KR, Memphis

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy

The All-AAC teams were also unveiled, with just two players being unanimous selections — Memphis redshirt freshman running back Kenneth Gainwell, SMU senior wide receiver James Proche.  For the complete list of first- and second-teams as well as honorable mentions, click HERE.

UConn releases 2020 schedule as Huskies begin life as an independent

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The UConn Huskies are about to play their final game as a member of the American Athletic Conference this weekend. After that, the program will begin a new era as an FBS independent after deciding to leave the conference months ago and allow its basketball programs to fly under the Big East banner once again. Now that the final pieces of the 2020 schedule have been finalized with games against North Carolina, Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee, the Huskies now have their 2020 schedule locked in.

UConn will play five opponents from power conferences, including one game at home. The Huskies will host Indiana of the Big Ten on Sept. 26, 2020, after visiting Illinois and Virginia (ACC) the previous two weeks. UConn will also make a visit to Ole Miss (SEC) on Oct. 24, 2020 and North Carolina (ACC) on Nov. 7, 2020. Other opponents will hail from Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference, with a handful of other independents mixed in.

UConn managed to fill its first schedule as an independent without having to resort to multiple games against an FCS opponent or a unique in-game home-and-home deal similar to the one arranged by New Mexico State and Liberty this season (the second of which will be played this week as Liberty attempts to clinch bowl eligibility). The season will open at home against regional rival UMass and conclude at home against Army. UConn’s first schedule after leaving the AAC includes no opponents form the conference the Huskies are departing. UConn will renew its so-called rivalry with UCF in 2021 when UConn makes the trip to Orlando.

2020 UConn Football Schedule

  • Sept. 3, 2020 (Thur.) – UMASS
  • Sept. 12, 2020 – at Illinois
  • Sept. 19, 2020 – at Virginia
  • Sept. 26, 2020 – INDIANA
  • Oct. 3, 2020 – OLD DOMINION
  • Oct. 10, 2020 – MAINE
  • Oct. 17, 2020 – Bye Week
  • Oct. 24, 2020 – at Ole Miss
  • Oct. 31, 2020 – LIBERTY
  • Nov. 7, 2020 – at North Carolina
  • Nov. 14, 2020 – at San Jose State
  • Nov. 21, 2020 – MIDDLE TENNESSEE
  • Nov. 28, 2020 – ARMY

UConn’s game at Ole Miss resulted in Ole Miss paying Middle Tennessee $1.5 million to buy out of a previously scheduled game between those two programs. UConn also has a future home-and-home arrangement with Maryland (2024, 2026) and Boston College (2022, 2023).

The American Athletic Conference will move ahead with an 11-team league and play a conference championship game next season. The conference released its 8-game conference schedules for 2020 and 2021 last week.