- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. UConn coach Jim Calhoun said two weeks ago that he wanted to be back on campus for the start of school despite having hip surgery earlier this month after falling off his bike. Well, he made it a one day earlier, according to his staff. Calhoun was on campus Sunday to meet with the staff and players, and he plans on being back on campus Tuesday. Calhoun’s presence is great news for the staff and players who are hoping to get to the season in October without any more major distractions. The Huskies can’t play in the postseason due to poor Academic Progress Rate scores. But they have two major events in November: a Nov. 9 game against Michigan State at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, then the following week in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
2. Stanford was desperate for a replacement game once Saint Louis canceled a home-and-home series that was to start this season in Palo Alto. The Cardinal found a replacement that is more than suitable for this late date. Stanford will host one of the WAC favorites -- Denver -- on Dec. 2 to open a home-and-home series. Stanford’s only other top home game is against Belmont. The road/neutral games are more than adequate for a potential Pac-12 title contender. Stanford plays at NC State and Northwestern, and against Missouri in the loaded Battle 4 Atlantis.
3. Boise State coach Leon Rice was relieved to get the news the Broncos would be in the Big West in 2013. He said he can now start setting up series with Mountain West schools beginning in 2013; he had held off due to the uncertainty. Meanwhile, Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said he trusts the leadership of the conference to add Boise State to the mix. He said his biggest concern is a path to the NCAA tournament. The Big West got better with San Diego State; it’s still unknown if Boise will help. But the schedule, especially with four Big East schools playing the Broncos, will definitely help the overall conference power rating.