First Night On Friday

Time for college basketball again. For Connecticut fans, the start of a new season couldn't get here fast enough.

It will be an interesting season around UConn. An era has ended for the men's team with coach Jim Calhoun announcing retirement. New coach Kevin Ollie takes over with one season to prove to athletic director Warde Manuel that he is man to lead the Huskies into a new era. And he will have to do it with the Huskies serving a one-year ban from postseason play.

On the other hand, the women's team will feature experience, depth and talented newcomers. Coach Geno Auriemma, fresh off Olympic gold in London, might have another national championship team on his hands.

Both teams will participate in First Night festivities Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.

But everything begins Thursday with the annual Husky Run outside Gampel Pavilion. The run is open to the public and has symbolized the start of the preseason for men's program since Calhoun took over in 1986.

Fans can register from 1:30-2:30 p.m. outside of the east entrance of Gampel Pavilion. The event is a 3.4-mile run around campus that begins and ends at Gampel Pavilion. All runners will receive a free T-shirt and free food after the race. The person who wins this year's Husky Run will receive a UConn Nike sweat suit.

Read details of First Night here.


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