Tip in 20

By David Scott - February 05, 2007

STORRS, Conn. - Just back from our guided tour of UConn’s Burton Family Football Complex and the one thing that kept ruminating through our minds (especially with football signing day coming up on Wednesday), is that buildings like the BFFC are exactly what people are talking about when they discuss the Division I Football “Arms Race.”

At just under $50 million to build, The Burt is everything a big time college football program would need - and more. From the weight room to the meeting rooms to the training facility to the full-size indoor practice facility, if the building were plopped down in football country, down south, it would be a gem for any program.

. . . We’re about 20 minutes from tip and we were just able to share some time with Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, one of the nation’s most coveted names when job openings occur. While many think Hopkins is in line to succeed Jim Boeheim at some point, the prevailing wisdom is that Hopkins might need to get his own program first and then return to the ‘Cuse when Boeheim finally hangs ‘em up.

For now, Hopkins is concentrating on helping the Orange get on track. “When our zone is moving like that,” he said as the team practiced in front of us, “it’s pretty tough to beat.”

Hopkins, a native Californian, would be a good fit for the Santa Clara job that will open at the end of the season. But he’d be a good fit just about anywhere - he can recruit, coach and shmooze the alum. A great combo for any aspiring coach.

UConn game notes are found here

. . . Syracuse notes are here

. . . This is the 79th all-time meeting between UConn and Syracuse, with the Orangemen holding a 46-32 advantage in the series. UConn coach Jim Calhoun is 23-22 (23-19 at UConn) lifetime against Syracuse, while Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has a 32-28 mark against UConn. Calhoun is 23-20 vs. Boeheim (0-1 while at Northeastern). The Huskies and Orange have only met twice in Gampel Pavilion, with UConn taking both of those meetings.

. . . Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese is in the house, most likely for the halftime ceremony where former Husky greats will be honored. He spent some time speaking with Hopkins on the bench.

. . . All fans in attendance are being given white t-shirts at their seat, in order to make a "sea of white."

Posted by David Scott at 06:38 PM on February 05, 2007

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