Bryan No Longer at UConn

Freshman offensive lineman Rennick Bryan, from Hillhouse High in New Haven, is no longer on the Connecticut football roster, coach Paul Pasqualoni confirmed Thursday.

The New Haven Register reported Wednesday that Bryan has enrolled at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. The newspaper attributed that to Dean athletic director John Jackson.

"All I can say is Rennick is no longer enrolled here," Pasqualoni said Thursday afternoon on his pregame teleconference call with UConn beat writers. "Rennick is back in the category of a prospective student-athlete. NCAA rules will prohibit me from making any additional comments on a prospective student-athlete. So unfortunately that's all I can say."

The Register's Jim Fuller reported that Bryan had two core classes from high school that were not approved by the NCAA clearinghouse, citing Jackson as the source. In that case, Bryan would have been academically ineligible at UConn. There are Internet postings, rumors and allegations of grade tampering and other problems within the New Haven school system. It is possible there is much more to this situation and it is also possible that privacy rules will prevent the truth from being reported. Again, other than the fact Bryan has left UConn and enrolled in Dean College, nothing else has been confirmed at this point.

Bryan, the Register story said, did not play in Dean's opener last Saturday but may be on the field this Saturday against Monroe Community College.

As a non-qualifier, under NCAA rules, Bryan would need to spend two years at Deanand graduate from the junior college before he could return to any four-year school, including UConn.

At Hillhouse, Bryan was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches' Association All-Star Football Team and the Walter Camp Foundation All-Connecticut Team.

In other news, Pasqualoni said nothing has changed regarding UConn's injury situation for the North Carolina State game on Saturday. Defensive end Teddy Jennings and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen remain out with injuries and, according to Pasqualoni, everyone else is healthy at this time.

Elijah Norris and Tim Willman could get more playing time at defensive end. Pasqualoni said redshirt freshman defensive tackle Kenton Adeyemi is also available.


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