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UConn releases new logo, looks strangely similar to another


What does an athletic department do after it wins a national title in women’s basketball, but was forced to sit out the postseason in men’s basketball? Why, change its logo, of course.

UConn unveiled their new logo recently, and the first thought that comes to mind is, it looks exactly like Houston Baptist’s.  That’s not to say they ripped it off, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. But it does. It’s been in the works for a bit.

The logo also looks like it’s laughing. Not snarling, barking or showing it’s teeth. In fact, it barely has teeth.

The new logo comes out of a marketing partnership between the school’s athletic department and Nike, which helped design it at no cost to the school. It is part of a larger effort to replace disparate logos used by different Husky teams.

The school says athletes and coaches had input into the design.

There seems to be a lot of logo changing recently, mainly in pro sports, so UConn is the first major college to alter its logo this year. It can’t hurt to do something like that. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding UConn right now, with coach Kevin Ollie receiving a contract extension after turning in a very solid season in his first at the helm despite having nothing to play for but pride when the postseason came around.

Now, the team will welcome former North Carolina State guard Rodney Purvis to the team when he becomes eligible for the 2014-15 season.

Not to mention the women’s recent success, pounding Louisville in the most lopsided victory in an NCAA women’s national championship game ever.

So the logo changes for UConn, but I wonder what those around the school and athletic program think of it?

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Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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