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Taking you between the lines and on the beat with The Hartford Courant's UConn Insiders

Taking you between the lines and on the beat with The Hartford Courant's UConn Insiders


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Taking you between the lines and on the beat with The Hartford Courant's UConn Insiders




UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 164: Kimani Young

UConn men's basketball associate head coach Kimani Young called in to discuss his new assignment, the path he took to Storrs, his unique relationship with Dan Hurley, the keys to finding success on the virtual recruiting trail, his role with Coaches For Action, the buzz around this year’s Huskies and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 163: Caron Butler

Former UConn star Caron Butler joined The Courant’s Dom Amore for a wide-ranging interview on this week’s UConn Insider podcast. You’ll hear Butler discuss the enduring lessons of the relationship he forged with Kobe Bryant, his work with the More Than A Vote initiative, his memories of playing for Jim Calhoun and much more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 162: Renee Montgomery

Former UConn star Renee Montgomery chats with The Courant's Alexa Philippou about her continued social justice efforts, her media career and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 161: CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein

CBS Sports college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein called in to discuss his quarantine eating and viewing habits (4:00); the unconventional path he took to his current place in the sports media landscape (5:45); UConn’s momentum heading into the shutdown (13:00); the origins of his nickname for Dan Hurley (15:30); Hurley’s virtual recruiting prowess (18:30); what the Huskies’ latest additions signify about the team’s competitiveness in the Big East recruiting corridor (20:15); his Big East...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 160: Chris Smith

Bridgeport native Chris Smith, the UConn men's basketball team's all-time leading scorer and a member of the 1989-90 Dream Season Huskies, called in to discuss getting recruited by Jim Calhoun and choosing to stay close to home, his memories of the Huskies' run to the Elite Eight and heartbreaking loss to Duke, the lessons he learned from Calhoun and how applied them to his own coaching career and much more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 159: Mike Anthony Loves Sports, Actually

Courant sports columnist Mike Anthony called in to discuss his latest column, in which he professed how much he misses and loves sports despite some reader feedback to the contrary. You’ll hear his thoughts on one of his most indelible sports writing memories — covering UConn’s 6-overtime thriller against rival Syracuse in the 2009 Big East Tournament — as well as a heartfelt remembrance of one of the game’s participants, Stanley Robinson. The show wraps with a discussion about Randy...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 158: Women's Hoops With Alexa Philippou

The Courant's Alexa Philippou stops by to catch everybody up on a summer's worth of UConn women's news. You'll hear about how the various Huskies in the WNBA are faring, as well as her thoughts on the top storylines to watch now that all 11 members of the UConn women have arrived on campus for official team activities.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 157: Men's Hoops With Dom Amore

The Courant's Dom Amore stopped by the podcast to break down the latest news and notes involving the UConn men. You'll hear his thoughts on 2021 commit Rahsool Diggins, Dan Hurley's success on the recruiting trail, the other Big East coaches' perception of the new kids on the block, the death of former Husky Stanley Robinson and more. The show wraps with some MLB talk, including a fun story involving Jim Calhoun and a first pitch invitation that may or may not have been extended by the...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 156: Big East Talk With Mike Anthony

The Courant's Mike Anthony stopped by to discuss UConn's official inclusion in the Big East, the excitement around the men's program, the challenges facing Dan Hurley as he tries to sustain momentum during a pandemic, Geno Auriemma's thoughts on managing some similar obstacles, and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 155: Williams, Collier, Dangerfield And Camara

The Courant's Alexa Philippou passed the microphone to former Huskies Batouly Camara, Napheesa Collier, Crystal Dangerfield and Gabby Williams so they could share their thoughts on the profound moment the country is facing in the wake of George Floyd's death, how racism has personally affected them, their experiences speaking out against racial injustice, and where they want to go from here.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 154: News Columnist Mike Anthony

Courant sports columnist Mike Anthony joined the UConn Insider podcast to discuss his reassignment to the news side, his column on the protests in Hartford over George Floyd’s death, what the future holds for the Husky athletic department and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 153: Men's Hoops With Dom Amore

The Courant’s Dom Amore joined the UConn Insider podcast to break down what’s been a busy offseason for the UConn men despite the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll hear his thoughts on Dan Hurley’s virtual recruiting methods, Christian Vital’s legacy, early season ticket sales, the UConn football team’s new TV contract and more Husky-related topics before the conversation veers into some pro baseball talk. The show wraps up with a few thoughts on Scott Burrell’s newfound fame as a result of...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 152: John Andreoli

The Courant’s Dom Amore caught up with former UConn baseball player John Andreoli on the latest episode of the UConn Insider podcast. You’ll hear Andreoli discuss the parallels between his professional life and the acting career of his wife, Cara Harvey; creative solutions to keeping sharp during the coronavirus shutdown; angling for a roster spot with his hometown Red Sox and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 151: Katie Lou And Karlie Samuelson

The Courant's Alexa Philippou caught up with former UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson and her sister Karlie, who were recently reunited when Katie Lou was traded to the Dallas Wings. You'll hear the Samuelson sisters discuss what it's been like living in quarantine in California (4:00); their earliest memories of playing together (5:40); the decision-making process that led them to their respective college basketball programs (10:00); being recruited by each other's coaches (11:45); the...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 150: Rashad Anderson

Former UConn sharpshooter Rashad Anderson joined the UConn Insider podcast to discuss quarantine life in his hometown of Tampa, his post-playing career, his memories of the 2004 national championship season, playing for Jim Calhoun, the leg infection that hospitalized him for two weeks, the way his game would translate in today's NBA and much more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 149: Batouly Camara

The Courant's Alexa Philippou caught up with former UConn women's basketball player Batouly Camara to discuss the ways in which she's keeping busy while quarantined (2:15); her upbringing as a child of immigrant parents from Guinea (4:45); her introduction to sports and why they've continued to resonate and play such a big role in her life (7:00); starting her charity, WAKE (14:30); the inspiration and the process behind the children's book she recently authored (19:00); her time at UConn...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 148: Matt Peart

Former UConn offensive tackle and NFL draft hopeful Matt Peart joined The Courant's Dom Amore to discuss his mentality as he awaits his first professional assignment amid the unprecedented obstacles of the coronavirus pandemic (3:30); his experience at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (4:15); turning heads with his performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis (7:00); carrying on the legacy of Huskies who have made the leap to the NFL level (11:30); training at home in the absence of gyms...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 147: Adam Amin

Adam Amin, the play-by-play voice of the women’s Final Four on ESPN, joined the show for a wide-ranging chat on April 6, one day after what would have been the national championship game. He discussed how he’s keeping busy during this unprecedented dearth of athletic events (3:00); where he was and what he was preparing to cover when coronavirus news first started to rock the sports world (5:45); the radio appearances and other professional opportunities that are helping him cope with a...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 146: Men's Hoops With Dom Amore

The Courant’s Dom Amore stopped by ahead of the AAC Tournament to discuss the prospects of an extended appearance by the UConn men. Will the Huskies’ momentum travel with them to Forth Worth? Or is the grueling nature of a tournament too much for their limited rotation to endure? Amore has those answers and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 145: Cam Ross

The Courant’s Alex Putterman stopped by for an offseason football check-in, followed by an interview with sophomore receiver Cam Ross. You’ll hear Ross’ thoughts on the parts of his game he’s trying to improve, as well as lighter subjects such as his fondness for the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and the Wolf of Wall St.