Sandy 1, UConn 0

The Connecticut football team came up against an unexpected opponent on its schedule Monday. Hurricane Sandy shut down most of the state, including the campus in Storrs, and with the closing of UConn that meant the football facility was off limits too.

Ordinarily coach Paul Pasqualoni and his staff would hold meetings with the UConn players on Monday to begin preparing a game plan for Saturday's game at South Florida.

Last week the athletic department adjusted plans for the weekly press conference, moving it from Tuesday to Monday. On Sunday, that was postponed too. And with UConn classes cancelled for Tuesday as well, the plans for this week are very much up in the air – getting blown around, so to speak.

"It is affecting us in the sense that we can't practice," Pasqualoni said on the Big East conference call Monday morning. "The facility is actually closed so there are no meetings, there is no film (study). Right now the wind is starting to blow pretty good. We are expecting this thing to hit here in a few hours pretty severely. We just have to hang in there and hope this thing comes through and it lets up. We are hopeful by Tuesday afternoon that we can kind of get things going again."

That's up to Sandy.

The Huskies had a bye week last week and held a reduced practice schedule in an effort to heal injuries and get healthy. Obviously, any further delays this week will start to become a problem for UConn's game preparation.

Late Monday afternoon, UConn athletic communications informed the media through e-mail that UConn did practice Sunday night (9 p.m.). Since Sunday had been scheduled as a day off, the Huskies technically have "lost" a practice.

With the school closed Tuesday, a decision will be made by noon whether any teams (football, men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, etc.) can practice later in the day.


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