Friday Sports Briefs

UConn’s Kendall Reyes Waits for the Call

Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant has written a nice story on UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes, who is expected to be drafted tonight in the second or third round of the NFL Draft.  Conner accurately describes Reyes as a “true gentlemen and class act.”  Best of luck to Reyes, receiver Kashif Moore and kicker Dave Teggart, who are also expected to be drafted.

Governor Malloy Hosts Huskies, Criticizes NCAA

As the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams toured the State Capitol on Husky Day, Governor Dannel P. Malloy took another shot at the NCAA, and its decision to ban the men’s team from the 2013 NCAA tournament.  Governor Malloy’s basic criticism is the retroactive nature of the rule:

“They want to have the highest [academic] standards, and we support that — we also want extremely high standards. But no one else would make a rule and apply it retroactively. I don’t think the public understands that.”

Don Amore of the Hartford Courant has the story.  This isn’t the first time the NCAA has mistimed the applicability of a new rule – see my post entitled The End of Free Agency in NCAA Baseball Leaves Some Players Behind.

Eric Kettani Released from Active Duty

In October, Eric Kettani was released from the practice squad of the New England Patriots.  The reason for his release: Kettani was called to active duty by the United States Navy.  Kettani subsequently reported for duty, but appealed the Navy’s decision denying him leave to continue his professional football career.  I wrote about the situation and how it reminded me of Army’s Caleb Campbell.

Yesterday, it was reported that Kettani has been released from active duty and is free to rejoin the Patriots.  Chris Chase at Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner has the story.

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