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RE: Rothstein | Big East could play 20 conference games if it adds 11th team
(01-08-2018 02:53 PM)stever20 Wrote:  I don't know how much travel would be helped being in the Big East.

This year- UConn travels to-
Tulsa
New Orleans
Memphis
Philly
Orlando
Wichita
Greenville, NC
Cincy
Houston

take Philly and Cincy out of the mix because they're duplicated in the Big East....

So-
Tulsa, New Orleans, Memphis, Orlando, Wichita, Greenville, Houston
vs
Newark, Omaha, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Providence, Washington DC, Chicago, New York City
but 18 vs 20 conference games would make it where the AAC group would have in all likely hood another home game. So the travel costs are pretty much nothing.

I think UConn will absolutely look at a coaching change before making any conference moves.

we are a good coach away from being back on top
01-08-2018 03:58 PM
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RE: Rothstein | Big East could play 20 conference games if it adds 11th team
(01-08-2018 02:53 PM)stever20 Wrote:  So-
Tulsa, New Orleans, Memphis, Orlando, Wichita, Greenville, Houston
vs
Newark, Omaha, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Providence, Washington DC, Chicago, New York City
but 18 vs 20 conference games would make it where the AAC group would have in all likely hood another home game. So the travel costs are pretty much nothing.

Travel's still better - Newark, New York, and Providence are all bus trips of 3 hours or less, while Washington is a shuttle flight shorter than any of the AAC cities named (and is still busable for non-revenue sports if you want). It's basically the four Midwestern BE cities versus the entire non-duplicated AAC in terms of notable travel.

(01-08-2018 02:53 PM)stever20 Wrote:  I think UConn will absolutely look at a coaching change before making any conference moves.

This seems likely. Agreed.

(01-08-2018 03:58 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  we are a good coach away from being back on top

For the short term, maybe. Part of what makes Ollie struggling so problematic, besides the obvious, is that as an alum with a NC under his belt already he would have been much harder to poach than normal. If UConn starts shopping for the best guy available regardless (which it looks like they need to do, so I'm not saying it's the wrong approach) like Dan Hurley or someone similar they run the risk of becoming a stepping stone job with their conference affiliation. Now, it's not the worst thing because it means your coach did well enough to be desirable, but it's going to be a hit to UConn's perception of itself if they're turning over MBB coaches every five years to the likes of Rutgers and Pitt.
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RE: Rothstein | Big East could play 20 conference games if it adds 11th team
Another legitimate question for UConn to consider long-term is - if the priority is football - whether or not being in the American is the best conference for their football program to reach both regional and national success. To be clear, the AAC is the top G5 football conference hands down. They will always be the favorite to grab that NY6 G5 bid, and they routinely have a few programs that are knocking on the door of the top-25. However, how does UConn compete against UCF, USF, Houston, SMU and Memphis now? They don't have the recruiting areas those schools do, and they have unquestionably leap-frogged them in the pecking order for a potential P5-invite if/when that day ever comes.

I am not advocating for UConn to the MAC for football or even UConn as an independent, but an honest question for UConn administration to consider, once again long-term, is how do they compete with these growing and expanding new programs? The Northeast simply is not a hotbed for football recruits, and what will stop the good ones from wanting to go South (where football is king) and play in Florida or Texas?
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RE: Rothstein | Big East could play 20 conference games if it adds 11th team
(01-09-2018 10:44 AM)GoldenWarrior11 Wrote:  Another legitimate question for UConn to consider long-term is - if the priority is football - whether or not being in the American is the best conference for their football program to reach both regional and national success. To be clear, the AAC is the top G5 football conference hands down. They will always be the favorite to grab that NY6 G5 bid, and they routinely have a few programs that are knocking on the door of the top-25. However, how does UConn compete against UCF, USF, Houston, SMU and Memphis now? They don't have the recruiting areas those schools do, and they have unquestionably leap-frogged them in the pecking order for a potential P5-invite if/when that day ever comes.

I am not advocating for UConn to the MAC for football or even UConn as an independent, but an honest question for UConn administration to consider, once again long-term, is how do they compete with these growing and expanding new programs? The Northeast simply is not a hotbed for football recruits, and what will stop the good ones from wanting to go South (where football is king) and play in Florida or Texas?

the problem for UConn with football is they're in a catch 22 situation. You may very well be right about that- BUT the AAC is really so far ahead of everyone else except for maybe the MWC(and they're at least somewhat ahead of the MWC)- that winning the MAC is in large part meaningless. We saw last year that a 2 loss AAC team had a real shot to beat an undefeated MAC team.
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