April 2, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - As part of an exciting spring slate, the University of Connecticut football team hosted the first-ever "Dog House Party" at the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center on Wednesday night. Head coach Bob Diaco and the Huskies took part in an open practice in front of a crowd of over 600 students and a group of media members at 9:45 p.m. Following the practice, the team joined students for a pizza party on the practice field.
The practice came just 10 days before UConn is scheduled to host its annual Blue-White spring football game at Rentschler field in East Hartford, Conn. Diaco, who took over the helm of the program on Dec. 12, expressed his excitement for the upcoming fall season.
"Coaches at the university understand, whether it be coach Geno, Ollie, Calhoun, Stevens or Reid, that great school spirit typically equals success on the athletic field" said Diaco. "We don't want to box out that incredible battery. Let's put the battery in the back of the machine. The battery is school spirit. That's a big part of it. We want to do more things to engage that and make it stronger."
UConn opened the spring with a pair of practices on March 10 and 14 before a 10-day layoff for the University's spring break. Wednesday's practice marked the ninth of 15 scheduled practices over the four-week slate.
Fans, who were greeted with high fives from the entire team on their way into the facility, were treated to numerous 3-on-3 drills and got a chance to see the quarterbacks and wide receivers work together on a variety of routes.
"I'm excited about the team getting better today," Diaco stated. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow and every week I want to have a better Friday than we had last week."