Upon receiving backlash, UConn Associate Director of Athletics for Athletic Communications Patrick McKenna noted that “the fallout that ensued from last week’s announcement was embarrassing and we certainly took our lumps.” An understatement, yes, but at least he acknowledged the severity of the situation. Before we move forward, we must determine why this debacle occurred in the first place and devise ways to prevent further incidents of this ilk.
The University of Connecticut athletic department is currently working on a new student section logo after releasing one that copies key features from North Carolina State’s Wolfpack Logo. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, UConn Athletics released a new logo for “The Pack,” a student section campaign to enhance “the campus spirit,” according to CBS News.
In a Monday morning decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which had made it illegal for states to authorize betting on sports. In the eyes of the courts, that provision was unconstitutional, and sports now have their own modus operandi in who, what, when, where, and how in establishing sports betting in their state, if they choose to at all.