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UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 80: Scott Burrell

Former UConn men's basketball star Scott Burrell joins the Courant's Dom Amore to discuss his upcoming induction into the Huskies of Honor; his memories of the full-court pass he made to set up Tate George's famous shot during the "Dream Season" of 1990; choosing to pursue professional basketball instead of baseball; guarding Michael Jordan in practice; playing for Jim Calhoun and Phil Jackson and how they shaped him as a coach; bringing his team, Southern Connecticut, to Gampel to take on...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 79: Andre Dixon

The Courant's Alex Putterman and Chris Brodeur break down the good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of the UConn football team's season. Then, former Husky Andre Dixon joins Putterman to talk about the athletic performance center he runs in Hartford, his recent foray into high school coaching, his fondest UConn (and Hartford Colonial) memories and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 78: Dick Vitale

ESPN's Dick Vitale chats with the Courant's Dom Amore about his upcoming book, the state of UConn men's basketball, Dan Hurley's passion, the ongoing Kevin Ollie dispute and its foreseeable conclusion, memories of the old Big East, the case for the Huskies joining the new Big East, playoff baseball, his charitable works and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 77: Aaron Murray And Nancy Stevens

CBS Sports Network college football analyst Aaron Murray returns to the show to break down UConn-Cincinnati with The Courant's Alex Putterman (1:45). Then, The Courant's Lori Riley chats with UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens about Storrs' quietest dynasty, horseback safaris and rampaging elephants (16:00).


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 76: Football With Alex Putterman

UConn football beat reporter Alex Putterman joins Chris Brodeur to discuss an ugly yet satisfying win over URI, David Pindell's solid performance at quarterback, the scary prospect of the Huskies visiting the noisy environs of the Carrier Dome, plumber-turned-punter Luke Magliozzi and more. The guys mix in some Twitter questions as well.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 75: Ryan Krug And Brian Markowski

The Courant's Mike Anthony, Alex Putterman and Chris Brodeur break down a rough loss in Boise, as well as Randy Edsall's recent comments on the progress (or lack thereof) of the UConn Football team. Then, former offensive linemen Ryan Krug and Brian Markowski call in to discuss their role as honorary captains for the Huskies' matchup with URI Saturday, as well as share some perspective on what it was like to play with Dan Orlovsky and Terry Caulley during Edsall's first stint in Storrs.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 74: Football With Alex Putterman

The Courant's Alex Putterman and Chris Brodeur break down the UConn football team's season-opening loss to UCF, David Pindell's strong performance under center, Kyle Buss' breakout, the Huskies' giveaways on offense, struggles on defense and Kevin Mensah's criticism of his teammates. The show wraps with a look ahead at Saturday's matchup against Boise State.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 73: Football With Mike Anthony And Alex Putterman

Columnist Mike Anthony and beat reporter Alex Putterman join Chris Brodeur to preview the 2018 UConn football season. The guys break down the matchup with UCF, which is the Huskies' toughest opener in years. After a breakdown of the roster and a big-picture look at the program's progress, they wrap the show by taking some Twitter questions.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 69: Geno Auriemma

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma joins Courant sports columnist Mike Anthony to discuss the offseason, catching up with former players, turning the page from last year, his expectations for the 2018-19 season, whether or not student-athletes should be paid, changes he'd like to see in the game and his future.


UConn Insider, Episode 68: Women's Hoops With Kelli Stacy

In her UConn Insider podcast debut, the Courant's new UConn women's beat reporter Kelli Stacy joins Chris Brodeur to chat about her background as a student reporter at Oklahoma University (1:30); the genesis of her Minnesota Vikings fandom (4:00); her sportswriting influences (7:00); her rise at the OU Daily (8:30); what it’s really like to cover polarizing quarterback Baker Mayfield (11:30); her preparation for the rigors of the UConn women’s beat (16:00); her early impressions of Geno...


UConn Insider, Episode 67: Men's Hoops With Dom Amore

The Courant's Dom Amore and Chris Brodeur discuss the simmering legal feud between Kevin Ollie and his former employer, the UConn men's basketball team. Where do the two sides go from here? Is a settlement still possible? Or, in the wake of damning allegations made public in recent weeks with the release of a 1,355-page NCAA document, are tensions too high to hope for that? The guys wrap the show with an early look at Dan Hurley's coaching style and its impact on the Huskies.


UConn Insider, Episode 66: NCAA Baseball With Dom Amore

The Courant's Dom Amore and Chris Brodeur discuss the upcoming NCAA baseball tournament, which will feature two local teams. Amore, who's in South Carolina covering UConn in the Conway Regional, previews the bracket, breaks down the roster and outlines the ways in which the Huskies can earn a berth in the Super Regionals. He then gives an update on John Andreoli and the other members of the 2010 UConn team that have reached the majors before wrapping the show with a preview of UHart's...


UConn Insider, Episode 65: Jim Calhoun Talk With Mike Anthony And Dom Amore

Courant sports columnist Mike Anthony and UConn men's beat reporter Dom Amore join Chris Brodeur to discuss Jim Calhoun's progress in starting up the men's basketball program at the University of St. Joseph. The guys share some Calhoun war stories, break down the logistics of moving into an active coaching role with the Blue Jays while still on the payroll at UConn and look ahead at some potential exhibition games. The show wraps up with some UConn baseball talk.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 64: L.J. Mazzilli

Yankees farmhand L.J. Mazzilli joined the Courant's Dom Amore to discuss the recent trade from the Mets that landed the Greenwich native in Pinstripes, memorable minor-league brushes he had with both Aaron Judge and Tim Tebow, the legacy of the 2011 UConn baseball team that got to the brink of the College World Series with a host of future big leaguers on its roster and the keys to his own MLB breakthrough. Then, Chris Brodeur joins Amore to break down the current UConn baseball team, as...


UConn Insider, Episode 63: Columnist Mike Anthony

Making his debut as the Courant's sports columnist, Mike Anthony joins Chris Brodeur to discuss the day he spent observing Randy Edsall and the UConn football team (3:00), the shocking conclusion of the women's basketball team's season (15:00), the WNBA Draft (22:30)and his recent column on the NBA debut of Hartford native Aaron Jackson (25:00).


UConn Insider, Episode 62: David Benedict

UConn athletic director David Benedict sat down with the Courant's Dom Amore on the latest episode of the UConn Insider podcast. Benedict shared his approach to building relationships with student-athletes (4:00); revealed the aspects of the job that have most surprised him since he took over in 2015 (6:45); broke down the men’s basketball coaching search and the traits he saw in Hurley that made him an ideal fit (9:00); identified some scheduling targets for the UConn men (12:00); weighed...


UConn Insider, Episode 61: Rebecca Lobo

Former UConn great and current ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo called in from Columbus to chat with online producer Chris Brodeur about the Final Four's most intriguing storylines (1:30); the Husky-related argument among sports pundits that's becoming a rite of spring (4:00); the first-round blowout that set that cycle in motion (7:00); Geno Auriemma's motivational tactics and why fans shouldn't be so concerned about players who catch his ire (10:00); the Huskies' national semifinal matchup with...


UConn Insider, Episode 60: Women's Hoops With Mike Anthony

Mike Anthony calls in from Columbus (or, as the locals call it, C-Bus) to chat with online producer Chris Brodeur about the women's Final Four, where UConn is vying for its 12th national title. Anthony discusses the scene at Media Day (4:00); the Huskies' matchup with old Big East foe Notre Dame and the evolution of that rivalry (10:30); the showcase that this weekend will be for women's basketball given that all four teams are No. 1 seeds (12:30); Crystal Dangerfield's shooting performance...


UConn Insider, Episode 59: CBS Sports' Ian Eagle

CBS sportscaster Ian Eagle calls in to chat with online producer Chris Brodeur about a wild NCAA tourney, the UConn men's basketball team's fall from grace and more. Eagle breaks down what was perhaps the wildest opening weekend in NCAA tournament history (6:00); discusses the parity in college hoops and why it’s a positive for the sport (8:00); declares one remaining team in the field the “most complete” (10:30); offers his thoughts on the Huskies’ sudden fall and the search for a coach who...


UConn Insider, Episode 58: Women's Hoops With Mike Anthony

Women's beat reporter Mike Anthony phones in from Gampel Pavilion to chat with online producer Chris Brodeur ahead of the top-seeded Huskies' NCAA first-round matchup with No. 16 St. Francis. Anthony sets the scene from Storrs, where practices and press conferences were to be held Friday (2:00); looks ahead to a potential Nutmeg State showdown in Round 2 between UConn and No. 9 Quinnipiac (3:00); looks back at the Bobcats' rise, culminating in a Cinderella run in last year's tournament...