Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

UConn expected to rejoin Big East

UConn expected to rejoin Big East

CT is on the verge of leaving the American Athletic Conference to join the Big East for all sports except football starting in the 2020-21 season, according to multiple reports nationwide on Saturday and first reported by Digital Sports Desk. They claimed their most recent title in 2014, their first year in the AAC. High buyouts have not deterred others schools from changing conferences in the modern age of realignment.

Fans have placed much of the blame on the school's conference situation.

The Big East has scheduled a call for early next week in which its presidents are expected to ratify UConn's return, a source close to the conference told CBS Sports' Matt Norlander.

The University of CT will be added to the Big East ahead of this upcoming athletics season, The Athletic's Dana O'Neil reports.

UConn became one of the best basketball programs in the country during its time in the Big East. UConn's men's basketball program hasn't been the same in the seven years without the Big East, replacing local rivals like St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and Georgetown with the likes of Tulane, East Carolina and Memphis.

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They also said that discussions were in their final stages and UConn would not be allowed to remain in the AAC for football. The football team could remain in the AAC alone, or the school could pursue different options including finding another conference for the team or simply going on as an independent squad.

That is according to a report from Digital Sports Desk that has since been confirmed by The Athletic, Stadium and the Hartford Courtant. Syracuse, Pitt, and Louisville - and Notre Dame in a non-football capacity - left for the ACC with the Huskies, who have a relatively small football program compared to those four programs, settling for the American. "With that being said, we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference". The Big East would move to 20 league games, to continue its home-and-home regular season format.

UConn's departure from the AAC and the future landing spot for its football program could cause a mini-round of conference realignment, an on-campus source told Dodd.

This makes for a very interesting situation overall, but one that basketball-starved Huskies fans have to be thrilled about.

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