CFS Daily Hot Reads: Sunday, March 17, 2013
How big is UConn’s Sept. 21 home game against Michigan? Big enough that the school will add more than 2,000 temporary seats to 40,000-seat Rentschler Field to accommodate the Wolverines. UConn normally allocates 3,000 tickets for visitors, but agreed to provide 5,000 tickets to the Wolverines. “We obviously can’t sell season tickets without the Michigan game in them,” UConn spokesman Mike Enright said. “So it would pretty much make of the difference, and allow us to sell the same number of season tickets.” Michigan asked that the game be moved from East Hartford to a larger stadium to accommodate its Northeast alumni, but UConn declined. Rentschler Field is owned by the state of Connecticut, and the lease agreement requires that all UConn home games be played there through 2023. The game is the second half of a home-and-home series; 113,090 watched the Wolverines beat the Huskies 30-10 in Ann Arbor in 2010. Michigan could have bought its way out the game for $2 million, but athletic director Dave Brandon told AnnArbor.com last August that the school would not do that. “We agreed to play them, we negotiated the contract, my predecessor did that and I’m not going to come in and screw up (UConn’s) schedule,” he said.
Washington’s Steve Sarkisian took a little bit different approach to spring ball. Sarkisian split spring practice into two sessions, starting on March 5 with the first six practices (which ended yesterday), and then a 17-day break for the end of the quarter and spring break before resuming on April 2. Now he and his coaching staff will spend the next two-and-a-half weeks evaluating each player and how the team units improved or regressed to make adjustments before the second session. What does Sarkisian think of the strategy so far? “I like it right now,” he said. “I thought it was effective in really focusing on these six practices. Sometimes you go to spring practice and you look at the whole thing, 15 of them, and we were solely focused on these six practices right now and what we could accomplish and I thought we accomplished a great deal and now it gives us that chance to go back and evaluate and get ready for the next nine. I’ll probably be able to better answer that question after spring ball, but so far I really like where we are at.” Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has practice notes and quotes from Saturday and highlights of UW’s first six practices.