Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 1:20 p.m.
And so goodbye to Birmingham. But what an experience it was. All of us at UConn want to thanks the city of Birmingham, the good folks of Hoover and everyone associated with the Papajohns.com Bowl for a special experience
Particular kudos go out to our great teams hosts Kit Walters and Bill Jacka for all their help. Also a thank you to Norm Reilly, the SID at Alabama-Birmingham, for all his assistance with the media relations efforts.
We enjoyed our time there - and the barbeque!!!!!
-- Mike Enright
Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 9:25 a.m. Central time
Good morning from Birmingham. It's game day and Happy New Year to all you Husky Fans. Sorry I have not been with you for a day or two, but it has been busy here in Birmingham. We hope you have enjoyed the coverage and we think UConnHuskies.com was and is your best way to follow the team.
We will have complete coverage during the game with Twitter updates and a live chat, so check it out - we think it will be the best live chat out there.
Take care, go Huskies - football, men's basketball and women's basketball!!!!
- Mike Enright
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 7:09 p.m. Central time
It was a busy, busy first day for the Husky football team in Birmingham as it prepares for the Papajohns.com Bowl.
The day started out with some team and position meetings in the morning. Coach Randy Edsall and some selected players left the hotel to attend the bowl press conference. The entire team then headed to downtown Birmingham for the Monday Morning Quarterback Club Kickoff Luncheon.
That group is a wonderful bunch of people who have been in existence for over 70 years. Since 1939, the group has raised more than $18 million for the Crippled Children's Foundation.
The keynote speaker for the luncheon was 1992 Heisman Trophy Gino Torretta of the University of Miami. The 2009 Golden Flake Legend of Birmingham Award was given to former Alabama great Bobby Humphrey.
Following the luncheon, it was off to practice at Hoover High School. The temperatures were warmer than Connecticut but a steady rain fell as the practice neared the end.
The night entertainment was a trip to the Starview Comedy Club in Hoover. The mayor of Hoover Tony Petelos welcomed the crowd to the event which was attended by both the Connecticut and South Carolina traveling parties.
As usual, Bob Stowell has a great photo gallery of the day at UConnBowl.com.
Have a great night and we will see you tomorrow!
- Mike Enright
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 7:47 p.m. Central time
Good evening Husky fans and welcome to Birmingham - home of the 2010 Papajohns.com Bowl. The Husky team arrived in Birmingham tonight and received a warm welcome from Mark Meadows - the Executive Director of the bowl. A number of other bowl officials were on hand including Manager of Special Events Missy Betres and Bo Kerr - the Manager of Sales and Marketing.
The Huskies received a warm welcome entering their hotel complete with the Husky logo in lights as the six busses pulled in and then were greeted by a group of ladies wearing vintage Southern clothing.
We have a great photo gallery of the Husky welcome up taken by Bob Stowell.
The players have a fairly quiet night tonight and have some free time, but tomorrow will be a busy day.
Coach Randy Edsall and a few players will head to a press conference tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Central time. Then there is the Monday Morning Quarterback Club Kickoff Luncheon in downtown Birmingham, where both teams will be in attendance.
After the luncheon, UConn will have practice at Hoover High School. If that name rings a bell, it was the high school that that the MTV show "Two-A-Days" was based on.
Husky fans have a special chance to talk to Scott Lutrus when we have an online chat with him at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. Please join us!
In the meantime, if you are headed to Birmingham, travel safe and we will see you here!
- Mike Enright