An interesting final day of football in East Hartford, Connecticut.
On hand to cover the game, it was one of the more interesting postgame press conferences of the season.
It all started before the presser even began, when Bob Casullo threw a tirade on one unlucky one beat reporter, for reasons still unclear.
Freshman corner Phillip Thomas said the Huskies took a “cheap shot” when going for the endzone on a fade route with the game already sealed up.
Doug Hogue added another log to the blaze when another writer needled him about giving up more than 40 points to UConn after the Rutgers win.
The frustration was all completely understandable; it was the end of a long season for a lot of coaches and players. It was just the beginning for Doug Marrone.
Marrone’s season didn’t end at Rentschler Field. Doug was headed on the road as of Sunday to start his “other” football season. The one that includes visiting high school coaches and players from all over the Northeast (as well as recruiting opportunities in Florida).
This should make the fans excited. Last year, the head man had a short time to get on the trail, but still managed to bring in some serious contributors from the freshman class.
Shamarko and Thomas are the most clear examples, along with the pre-Turningstone Andrew Tiller.
What will the dividends be when this staff has the entire recruiting period to scour for the class of 2010? After the productive summer (signing more kids then Groobers did up to his firing), it should leave Orange Nation optimistic.