UConn Off Season Report

by Dylan Clark on May 5, 2011

in UConn Men's Basketball

Some would say it is very counter intuitive to be too busy to write since the national title, but then all of a sudden find yourself with more time than you even know what to do with during finals week. Well that’s where I find myself (I can’t possibly bring myself to study anymore oceanography.)

For being the off-season, a lots been going on lately with our UConn Huskies. Unfortunately, not a lot of it is good.

Let’s start with my boy Coombsy. I have to support my boy, but anything that puts you in the back of a cop car is something I just can’t support. The back of a cop car is exactly where he wound up the night of April 21 though. How did he get there? Possession of marijuana. Today, it’s been announced that Coombs will not be returning to the school next fall and will transfer. I heard rumors of transfer during the season but they were only rumors and nothing more. This arrest sealed the deal though. I wish Coombsy the best of luck in the future and thank him for his time here. I’m going to miss the “cOOOOOOOOOOOOOOmbs” from the student section.

Now about the arrest. Say what you want about marijuana laws, but the fact is that it’s illegal and if you get caught with it you will be punished. That being said, I dare you to go and find a basketball team with members who don’t do recreational drugs. I promise you’ll struggle to find one, if one even exists. Anyone who looks down upon UConn as “convicts and drug addicts” should shut their mouths because A) nothing is farther from the truth and B) the team they support has marijuana users too. Plain and simple, Coombs was just unlucky enough to get caught. Now I’m not going to get into the marijuana law debate. I do not support the use of the drug and I understand the arguments on both sides. I’m just saying to those who trash talk UConn that they are hypocrites and should probably go take a look at what their own student athletes are doing in their off season. Or, think back to when they were 19 or 20 years old, I doubt everyone made it through college 100% clean.

As for Coombs departure, there is one big advantage to the whole thing. We get another open scholarship, which are worth their weight in gold right now. With the NCAA sanctions and now this student athlete academic performance rating that I’ve never heard of (will get to it later) we’re looking at losing two or three scholarships in total. This opening gives us one more to spend on the 2012 recruiting class. This means yes, I am buying the hype of 2012. I probably shouldn’t because I know better, but when people say the name Andre Drummond, I just can’t help myself.

So this academic performance rating thing. I haven’t heard of it before and I have no idea how it works, all I know is that we’re in trouble. I don’t understand how anything or anyone can say our academic performance is poor when Kemba Walker just graduated in three years and typifies the phrase “student athlete”(truly a dying breed. A dead breed in some places. I’m looking at you Kentucky), but like I said I have no idea how this thing works. I’m just really sick of losing scholarships, so please, pretty please, with sugar on top, get your grades up guys.

How many days till football season? U-C-O-N-N UCONN UCONN UCONN


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Nick May 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

First i heard this about coombs, like I said at the beginning of season, I hope he transfers b/c he is a scared little boy on the court, and wahla, the loser is gone. Best news we could get this off season. Drummond, ledo, tylawitzci (sp?) and others will make 2012 class very good. Next year we need roscoe to improve big time, like oriachi improved this year, or I want him gone like coombs, free up another scholarship. So boatright and shabazz in backcourt, with lamb roscoe and oriachi. Solid starting line up. Need giffey, and olander to produce and we should be top 15 team all season.


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