Big East breakup: Where does that leave UConn?


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It was one of the founding schools when the Big East began. Now after the split of the catholic 7 Georgetown, St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Marquette and DePaul, UConn basketball doesn’t have a conference to call home. At least not yet. Other schools have been grabbed by other conferences and what is left of the Big East schools that are not part of the 7 that will be called the Big East, will have to figure out another plan. The word is the other schools will band as a conference called America 12…but that will be for the football side of the Big East. What will happen to UConn has yet to be determined. The ACC was originally interested in having UConn on board. The new talk now according to one report on the Sporting News is the following:

“Sources close to the discussions told Sporting News on Friday that one possibility to give the Bearcats and Huskies a home, which is at the early stages of discussion, would be a cross-continent all-sports league involving disenfranchised members of the Big East as well as the most prominent members of the Mountain West.

The proposed entrants would be UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis, Temple, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and possibly BYU or Central Florida. Such a league would include football programs that are comparable and competitive, as well as extraordinary basketball featuring eight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season. NBC Sports Network is likely to be approached to gauge its interest in such a property.

In order to form such a league, however, UConn and Cincinnati would have to make some sort of profound commitment — perhaps even a “grant of rights” similar to the Big 12’s, meaning they’d lose their media revenue for the length of time if they leave — to convince the Western schools involved that they would not exit immediately if invited to join the ACC.

That could become leverage to convince current members of the ACC — especially some of its more vulnerable longtime schools, such as Duke and Wake Forest, to invite Cincinnati and UConn now and bring the current conference membership to 16.”

Rest assured there will be more posturing and discussions as to who will go where and the bottom line is going to be how much is it going to cost to go. Money is what is driving all the changes in college sports whether it is football, basketball (men’s and women’s). UConn will have to know their fate soon simply because the Big East as we know will be no more after this tournment season is over.

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2 thoughts on “Big East breakup: Where does that leave UConn?

    1. Yes the Astros in the AL is sad . They now will be the door mats to everyone out west.

      The Big East will always be Georgetown, StJohns, Syracuse, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, UConn and Boston College

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