UConn Is Back in the Big East, to the Relief of Everyone Who Forgot That It's 2019 and Not 2013

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Just glad they aren't joining the B1G.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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SC Buckete's picture

My wife, as a proud UConn alumnus, shouted a big “about time”. The fact they weren’t in the new Big East after realignment never made sense. Bungling that kind of a decision by their athletic department and administration several years ago cost the school dearly. 

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MoneyMac's picture

This is huge for the Big East. Now add Syracuse and the BEAST of old will be back. 

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NorthBerg's picture

It would be great for college basketball if the Big East can put the band back together, but what about the AAC? Do they stand pat on existing full and associate members? Do they try and replace UConn with say, FAU, FIU  or even Marshall? Could the AAC try and poach somebody from the Big12, in an effort to become more relevant, kicking off another conference realignment domino scenario? Inquiring mindx want to know.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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Hovenaut's picture

Good question.

Interesting write up from Dan Wolken via USAToday on what the future could hold for UConn football:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/columnist/dan-wolken/2019/...

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NorthBerg's picture

UConn plays football ?

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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Rocket Man's picture

Sort of like Rutgers plays football.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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Xevious's picture

I'm shocked the AAC actually has a $10 million fee for leaving. That's probably more than the league's whole TV contract. 

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iamcbs's picture

What UCONN fans cannot and probably will never truly understand is that in major College Athletics, Football is the 'straw that stirs the drink.' While winning Nattys is a great thing, WCBB doesn't move the needle with sponsors and more importantly TV Networks. UCONN desperately wanted into the B1G but that was mostly driven by former AD Warde Manuel, who is now at TTUN. The Husky Faithful don't realize that no matter how many Nattys Geno racks up, CFB is what's important to the people with the money. The B1G already has a presence in the NY Market in Rutgers and Connecticut FB is worse than them. Their facilities for Football are shit and Pratt Whitney Stadium only holds 40K people. Can anyone imagine FOX, ABC, or even the B1G Network televising an 8 PM game from a stadium that seats 40K? I hope the Huskies do well back in the Big East but I doubt it, they're WCBB won't even be a contender this upcoming season.

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely to one's knowledge of the facts, the less you know the hotter you get!!

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