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RE: UConn to Big East?
(02-15-2017 11:52 AM)connecticutguy Wrote:  The Big East Conference said it hasn’t had any discussions with UConn about the school re-joining the Big East Conference.
“There haven’t been any discussions,” Big East spokesman John Paquette told ZAGSBLOG on Wednesday morning.

http://www.zagsblog.com/2017/02/15/big-e...ace-uconn/

Now we know it's legit. Denial as a defense mechanism (or NDA).
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RE: UConn to Big East?
UConn would give the MAC a third program who has made it to a NY6 game.

Plus it would force the AAC to downgrade with its backfill...narrowing the gap between it and the MAC.

UConn could spend less on FB coaches in the MAC saving money there.

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RE: UConn to Big East?
(02-15-2017 11:56 AM)stever20 Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 11:52 AM)connecticutguy Wrote:  The Big East Conference said it hasn’t had any discussions with UConn about the school re-joining the Big East Conference.
“There haven’t been any discussions,” Big East spokesman John Paquette told ZAGSBLOG on Wednesday morning.

http://www.zagsblog.com/2017/02/15/big-e...ace-uconn/

but then later in the story=
One league source also told ZAGSBLOG the two sides have had talks.

so which is it?

Seems like a whole lot of smoke here.

The denial is an official spokesman for the league. The article then quotes another article (same one in the OP) with unnamed sources that claim otherwise.
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RE: UConn to Big East?
(02-15-2017 12:00 PM)Kittonhead Wrote:  UConn would give the MAC a third program who has made it to a NY6 game.

Plus it would force the AAC to downgrade with its backfill...narrowing the gap between it and the MAC.

UConn could spend less on FB coaches in the MAC saving money there.

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Only problem is UConn football has sucked last few years. look at Sagarin last year, they were #154, the worst in the AAC. Pretty much anyone they would take would be better than that. And UConn going to MAC would hurt them(they would have been their 3rd worst team this year). So if anything, the gap would increase between the MAC and AAC in football....
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RE: UConn to Big East?
- MAC won't take UConn football. It's done with Eastern football-only's. Tried that with Temple and UMass, and it didn't work out. UConn is not a (significantly) better add than either of those two, right now. Sure, it has potential and has great facilities.

- This is great for UConn. It should be in the Big East, with its historical rivals. It does not belong in a league playing teams well outside the Northeast like Tulane, Tulsa, Houston, Memphis, etc.

- While perhaps Big East should consider adding Dayton too, it sounds like from the article that going to 11 with UConn lets them do a 20 game BB schedule, double-round robin, which is what they want. So no Dayton for now.

- I'll say it until I'm blue in the face, and even if UConn admin are adamant in disagreement with me: the best course of action is for UConn to go independent in football. This won't hurt its football program one iota, relative to what it is in the AAC now (non-competitive). Could help them, if anything. If need be, you can do a yearly home/home with UMass in Gillette and the Rent.

- AAC adds Wichita St to get back to 11 full-members, and goes to 20 game BB schedule, matching the ACC and Big East (which goes to 20, double-round robin with the addition of UConn). To get back to 12 football members, AAC adds Army in football only. The Army-Navy game stays in its special slot, after the bowl games. Not sure how to best address it ... perhaps Army and Navy never play each other in conference, and it's always a non-conf game?
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RE: UConn to Big East?
(02-15-2017 11:50 AM)bullet Wrote:  add a state school with football when they are all private and none have FBS football

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_East_C...p_timeline 07-coffee3
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RE: UConn to Big East?
(02-15-2017 12:47 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  I'll say it until I'm blue in the face, and even if UConn admin are adamant in disagreement with me: the best course of action is for UConn to go independent in football. This won't hurt its football program one iota

what about tv appearances, bowl invites & schedule opponents ...

TOUGH SLEDDING
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(02-15-2017 11:26 AM)HuskyU Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 11:22 AM)domer1978 Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 11:20 AM)HuskyU Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 11:16 AM)domer1978 Wrote:  UConn recruits at a MAC level(Football) so that is a good fit.

Notre Dame football is 0-1 vs UCONN. Take that nugget to the bank!

Congrats, doesn't change the fact you recruit at a MAC level.

Nor does it change the fact that you lost to a MAC-level team. 07-coffee3

Congratulations blind squirrel - you found a nut!
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(02-15-2017 11:50 AM)bullet Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 11:14 AM)kmdhoya Wrote:  I don't know about this. Big East members and fans are all on the same page. Things are good. Why bring in a bunch of disgruntled UConn football fans into the equation.

I just don't see them wanting to add a state school with football when they are all private and none have FBS football, and only one of the two with football even has scholarships.

There is a budget gap for sure, between UConn and the Big East schools. UConn has an annual athletic budget of about $70 million. Villanova (with FCS football) is at about $40 million. I suspect Villanova's athletic budget is at or near the top among Big East schools.
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RE: UConn to Big East?
What would it say if UConn turns down the Big East proposal?
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