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STORRS — He arose from his seat wearing a No. 15 UConn jersey and his heart on his sleeve. Tom McDougall stepped to the microphone, began to read the words he had spent much of Tuesday constructing, and damn if the young guy didn’t deliver the passion Randy Edsall wished he got from his players every autumn Saturday.
McDougall introduced himself to the UConn board of trustees as an alum, class of ’15, a donor, a 10-year season ticket holder and, most of all, a dedicated UConn football fan there to persuade the trustees not to make a “very short-sighted decision” to approve a move to the Big East. It was an argument, he later admitted, he knew he had zero chance of winning.