SportIt’s official: UConn is back in the Big East
Sources: UConn move to the Big East inevitable
As conference realignment reshaped the college sports world the past 15 years, there’s been one undeniable truth amid the chaos – no school has been a bigger loser than the University of Connecticut. The Huskies lost their geographic relevance in basketball by leaving the Big East, as organic rivals like Providence, St. John’s and Syracuse were replaced by strangers like Tulane, East Carolina and Memphis. Passion has been replaced by apathy, as once-teeming arenas became filled with empty seats and a once-rabid fan base has turned ambivalent.
UConn is coming home.
On Wednesday, the UConn Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept an offer from the Big East Conference to join the league in all sports offered. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday in New York City where the school and the conference will make their reunification complete.
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The future of the UConn football program was thrown into question Saturday amid widespread reports that the school’s athletic programs would be returning to the Big East in the near future. While that’s excellent for most of their squads — particularly the basketball team — it poses a big issue for the football program. The Big East does not participate in football, and the American Athletic Conference is unlikely to retain UConn as a football-only member, meaning the program could be forced to go independent.
The move will allow for the Husky men’s and women’s basketball programs to return to a conference that prioritizes the sport and reignites rivalries that were lost five years ago, when UConn opted not to join the new Big East after the seven catholic schools departed.
UConn is expected to join the Big East for the 2020-21 season.
The Big East does not have football or hockey, which means that UConn’s football program will be left without a home. The American is not expected to allow UConn to keep their football team as a member of the league.
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