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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Big East lunchtime links: Moorhead talks UConn offense


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

New Connecticut offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead met with media members in Storrs yesterday and talked about the new no-huddle attack he will install this spring. As Jeff Jacobs writes in the Hartford Courant, this isn't some spread offense that will abandon UConn's bread-and-butter running game.

"At Akron last year, we were 46 percent four wide and the other percent there was a tight end, a fullback or both on the field," Moorhead said. "I've never seen spread offense defined in the dictionary. But if it means four wide with no fullback or tight end on the field, that's not what we're going to be. We'll line up anywhere from five wide receivers to two tight ends, two receivers and a back.

"Any idea that it is some finesse offense where we will be passive is sorely mistaken. That cannot be further from the truth. We will be physical."

And what about quarterback Zach Frazer's assertion last week that the Huskies would score 40 points per game?

"I appreciate Zach's exuberance," Moorhead said, "but we've got to crawl before we can walk."
• Jim Leavitt made some minor tweaks to his coaching staff, moving his tight ends coach to co-offensive line coach and hiring a graduate assistant to oversee tight ends, Greg Auman notes in the St. Petersburg Times. Mike Canales' new offense doesn't figure to involve the tight ends much.

• New Bulls defensive coordinator Joe Tresey will make $190,000, or $30,000 less than Wally Burnham earned, Brett McMurphy writes in the Tampa Tribune.

• A new Mountaineers mascot will be named on Saturday.