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...and this man is going to replace him

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...and this man is going to replace him

From Comcast SportsNetSTORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Kevin Ollie can win as many games, even as many national championships, as his predecessor and former coach did at Connecticut. But he can't transform the program. Jim Calhoun did that already.During his 26 seasons in Storrs, Calhoun turned a regional New England program into a powerhouse, becoming one of just five coaches to win three national titles or more. Add to that seven Big East tournament crowns and 10 regular-season championships. No wonder the 10,000 seats were usually filled at Gampel Pavilion, the arena Calhoun gets credit for building.All those accomplishments are history now. What's left are high expectations for a rookie coach.Ollie, who played for Calhoun from 1991-95, went on to a long NBA career and returned two years ago as an assistant, took over Thursday -- a choice Calhoun fully supported."Simply put, he epitomizes what we want our students to be about," Calhoun said. "When I started here we felt we could do anything and I feel that way now, everything's in place. This is an exciting time as we go forward."And a difficult one. He takes over a team that is banned from the Big East and NCAA tournaments because of poor academic performances.With a one-year contract, Ollie won't have much time to show what he can do on the bench and on the recruiting trail. And his depleted roster isn't likely to add to Calhoun's stellar numbers -- 27 players selected in the NBA draft, including 13 lottery picks."We're going to attack this thing head on," Ollie said at a news conference at Gampel, where he once thrilled UConn crowds with his hustle and defense. "We have enough to do it. Coach will be there right beside me as he has always been. He's been a second father to me from the day I arrived here as a recruit and believe me, that won't change."Ollie's contract will pay him a prorated 384,615 and ends on April 4, the last day of the 2012-13 basketball season.Athletic director Warde Manuel said there's a reason it's a single-year deal."I like to win and Kevin does, too. We're not here just to participate in games," Manuel said. "I'm looking to see how he is on the sideline. How he handles decision-making, substitutions, things that are normal in a game. How does he handle losses with the team and motivate them the next day to come back and play?"It truly is a long-term plan, but I want to see where Kevin is before we extend that contract. The commitment is there. He knows it."Ollie refused to get caught up in the discussion."Everything I've done has prepared me for sliding over into that chair," he said. "I'm going to coach this team like I've got a 10-, 15-year contract. I hope it's for a lifetime. I want to retire one day from the University of Connecticut like Jim Calhoun did."Ollie will have some familiar faces on the bench since all four assistants are staying."Kevin has always been a great listener," associate head coach George Blaney said. "He's a potential superstar as a coach, no doubt about that. Sure he'll be different than Jim, but there was only one Jim Calhoun."Several former UConn players were there to see one of their own become coach.Kemba Walker, who led UConn to the national championship with an incredible 11-game run in 2010-11, isn't worried in the least."He's one of the toughest guys I know," said Walker, who plays for the Charlotte Bobcats. "Kevin's UConn just like Coach is UConn. It's not one person here. It's everybody who played here. We are a family and it will stay that way."Connecticut has never faced a season like this one.It will have its first new head coach in 26 years and he is only guaranteed seven months on the job. There are only five players returning who saw significant playing time last season. There will be no postseason play at all. Those factors should make the job as tough as any faced by a coach in Division I.Don't tell that to Ollie."I told my players this morning, It's all stairs now. No escalators,' ' he said. "Escalators are for cowards. Every day now will be one step at a time."

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

Black Friday is nearly here, and in anticipation of the holiday, you're probably planning on buying that nice, new TV or laptop you've needed for a while. But in addition to those typical Black Friday items, it's also the perfect time to pick up something for that dedicated Redskins fan in your life.

Not sure what to get the Burgundy and Gold supporter, though? Look no further than the list of 10 things below.

We've done our part by creating this list for you, just like a quarterback who gives his receiver a chance with a great throw. Now it's up to you to finish the play.

1. Redskins PlayStation 4 Skin Set

Price: $14.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: As someone who just bought a PlayStation 4, I'd be thrilled to be able to personalize it with this 'Skins Skin set. The only thing better than taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden is taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden with Redskins-themed controllers.

2. Redskins NFL Krazy Kover

Price: $10.02

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This is more than a koozie; it's a sweater for your beer. Why are you still reading and not buying?

3. Redskins infant bodysuit set

Price: $26.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The other items on this list are all for the Redskins fan in your life. This one, on the other hand, is for the future Redskins fan in your life. Quick, give them this bodysuit set before your weird, Eagles-supporting aunt does the same.

4. Redskins light up sweater

Price: $79.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: It's just like the one you've seen in the commercials, except better, because it's Burgundy and Gold! There's one for men and one for women.

5. Redskins fidget spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The fidget spinner fad has died down a bit, but let's be honest: when you get one in your hand these days, you still spin the heck out of it. Give the gift of spinning to those you love most this Black Friday.

6. Redskins golf balls 

Price: $13.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: I'm addicted to golf and would cherish each of these Redskins balls right up to the moment I sliced them straight into the woods on the third tee.

7. Redskins lunch box/cooler

Price: $29.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: People have forgotten how important it is to have a useful lunch box in 2017. Remind them with this beautiful cooler, so they can then display their dedication to Washington's team inside of their office's overcrowded fridge.

8. Redskins platter

Price: $39.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: We're heading into the thick of the party-hosting section of the calendar. When you're serving up your guests your finest cheeses, do it on this Redskins platter.

9. Redskins full/queen comforter set

Price: $69.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: With a comforter this gorgeous, you may actually want to make your bed every morning.

10. Redskins license plate frame

Price: $19.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: Think of how many cars sit behind you on a daily basis. Then, think of how many of those people root for the other NFC East rivals. Buy this so you can taunt them without even knowing it.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Redskins fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Wizards fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Wizards fan in your life

Looking for a Black Friday gift for that special Wizards fan? We’re got you covered.

Well they may not be that special, you may just be stuck with them in your gift exchange group. Believe it or not, some times sports’ fans are the hardest to shop for around the holidays. With Black Friday later this week there are going to be plenty of deals to find the perfect gift for any Wizards fan on your shopping list.

Here are a few ideas:

1. John Wall Jersey

Price: $69.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: This is pretty self-explanatory. If they don’t have one, they need one. If they do have one, they can always use another. Attached is the link for the Men’s jerseys but they also have Women’s and Kids sizes as well.

2. Washington Wizards New Era Cuffed Knit Hat with Pom

Price: $23.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Everyone needs their go-to winter hat/ beanie once the temperature drops outside. This one can be that beanie. And as a guy I know this is not an easy find. Fits perfectly with any outfit.

3. Washington Wizards Brown Pilsner Beer Gift Set

Price: Sale -- $99.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Granted this gift is not for everyone and if they do not have other alcohol memorabilia you might want to think twice before getting this gift. If they do, and if they like their adult beverages, then you will strike gold with this gift.

4. Washington Wizards Team Lanyard

Price: Sale: $9.99

Where to Buy: NBC Sports Shop

Why They’ll Love It: Keeping it simple is sometimes the best option. There is never a time you could go wrong with a team lanyard and like unlike other Wizards lanyard options, this one looks pretty good.

5. Washington Wizards Candy Cane Sweater

Price: Sale -- $69.99

Where to Buy: NBC Sports Shop

Why They’ll Love It: Just click on the link and you’ll know why.

6. Men’s Washington Wizards Fanatics Navy Static Long Sleeve

Price: Sale -- $29.99, Regular -- $39.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Brush stroke designs are all of the rage these days and this item is the ideal sports t-shirt that isn’t too much. It’s simple, sleek, and lightweight.

7. Washington Wizards Logo Fathead

Price: Sale -- $69.99

Where to Buy: Fathead

Why They’ll Love It: Fatheads are not just for kids anymore, and if you do have a kid you should check out their full collection. The Wizards Logo Fathead is a requirement for any Wizards’ fan cave out there. And if you are unsure about getting them a poster, this is the best start before you go with a life-size John Wall poster.

8. Washington Wizards Plush Santa Hat

Price: Sale: $14.95

Where to Buy: Rakuten.com

Why They’ll Love It: Not all gifts have to wait until Christmas, here is a chance to get a unique item they you KNOW they will use at least one day out of the year.

9. Washington Wizards New Era Navy 2017 Draft Cap

Price: Sale -- $29.99, Regular -- $39.99

Where to Buy: NBA Store

Why They’ll Love It: Another necessity for any Wizards fan, like the John Wall jersey. Better yet, odds are they do not have this hat yet. If your Wizards fan is a hat wearer, you cannot go wrong with this as their gift.

10. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Wizards fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime.