Friday will start Adam Khriss and Colt Nichols representing the Huskies in the 400m hurdles. Konstantin Rust will be the lone UConn runner in the 110m hurdles. UConn will field relay teams for the 4x100m and 4x800m, as well as the distance medley, sprint medley relay and shuttle hurdle relay.
Financially speaking, the ESPN deal is fairly appealing for both sides. As The Hartford Courant’s Mike Anthony notes, the 12-year, $1 billion deal “represents a healthy influx of money for UConn and every other conference school, with the average payout approaching $7 million annually, nearly $5 million more than what UConn receives under the current deal.” Such a contribution would greatly aid UConn’s athletic department as it climbs out of its $41 million debt. Also, reports indicate that ESPN intends to broadcast most AAC games on its rising ESPN-plus digital streaming service. UConn’s athletic offerings may prove particularly enticing for subscribers--and consequently profitable for ESPN.
After a short-lived stint in the national rankings, UConn (23-13, 7-5 The American) dropped out of the polls due to a rough weekend against Cincinnati. Since then, however, the Huskies have made a strong case to get back in the top-25, having won four of five including a series win over conference foe Memphis over the weekend.
Several NCAA qualifiers and school records were set as the women finished in fifth place and the men took home a fourth place finish. The NCAA has two types of qualifications: the A standard is an immediate invite to the NCAA Championship; the B standard fills up the addition spots for each race as necessary.