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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-30-2018 11:05 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Independence is far more feasible now, given the pool of FBS independents, but it's not failsafe. UConn can't command/demand special favors the same way Notre Dame and the Service Academies can/could; UConn's phone lines won't be jammed by teams dying to get them on the books.

UConn could get independent football schedules as good as BYU's. They might decide that they prefer to stay in the AAC, but if they want to go the BE/indy route, they can build decent football schedules.

No. I dont think so. BYU gets a bit of a lift because there is no competing power conference on the left coast to play against. But the back half of the BYU annual schedule looks little better than a UMass schedule.

BC, Pitt, UMass, and perhaps Army will be the UConn staples. Navy wont normally have room for UConn becasue thier conference schedule leaves little room for anyone other than their traditional rivals (Army, AF, Notre Dame). That said, I see no reason they cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU--and expect the back half to be bad.

Bowls will be a problem. The Pinstripe isnt giving up its current ties for UConn. Neither is the Military, Belk, Liberty, Music City, or Detroit Bowls. The rest of the bowls are southern and western. They certainly would have little interest in UConn. So, UConn will get left out every once in a while when there are too many 6-6 teams. The good news is most of the time they are bowl qualified they will get a bowl. The bad news is they will get shipped off to whatever bowl that needs a back up. Nobody is signing a primary tie with UConn.
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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  The bad news is they will get shipped off to whatever bowl that needs a back up. Nobody is signing a primary tie with UConn.

Yeah...what did it say when the Liberty Bowl wouldn't follow Memphis around all those years. Even if you put a bowl game in UConn's "turf," the bowl doesn't have to commit to you. Any bowl could start up around UConn, even in the Rent...doesn't mean UConn's getting a piece of it.
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(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  That said, I see no reason that cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU.

UConn can get as many home P5 games as BYU, because BYU is averaging 2 of those a season, as you can see here: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/indep/byu-cougars.php

Big Ten and ACC teams that don't have Ohio State-like or Clemson-like attendance would be open to playing home/home series with UConn, as Illinois, Indiana, BC, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia already have or will in the next several years.
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(03-30-2018 08:44 AM)GoldenWarrior11 Wrote:  In summary, I don't FBS Independence is a death-sentence that many make it out to be. UConn would be able to control its own schedule much better, cut down on the national travel, and get more wins in the process. There can easily be a small rotation of Northeast programs between Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers, and Temple, along with other area programs in Buffalo, UMass and Army, in order to recreate local regional interest. There can also be games scheduled against weaker FBS programs like Kent State and Liberty and closer C-USA schools like Marshall, UNC-Charlotte, and Old Dominion. Toss in an annual FCS game against Stony Brook, Albany, Delaware or New Hampshire, and UConn has a much more advantageous schedule. Even in losses, at least there are more local games with built-in interest (not fabricated interest like the ConFLict).

This is exactly why some UMass fans (including myself) prefer playing independent rather than in MAC or FCS. We get to play our old foes, play decent G5 teams, and we get to keep basketball in a decent league.

Ironically we'd all jump in a heartbeat to join UCONN and Temple in The American, and UCONN seems to be trying its best to leave. 03-bored
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My expectation is that BYU would jump at an annual series in November that alternates between Provo and Yankee Stadium, and it shouldn't be too difficult to fill out the rest of the November schedule with h+h series against UMass, Army, and one of NMst or Liberty. Get that locked in and you're just looking at an early season FCS opponent, 3-4 P5s, and 3-4 G5s. Use the other indys to solve the November issue and the rest isn't that hard.
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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-30-2018 02:04 PM)McKinney Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 08:44 AM)GoldenWarrior11 Wrote:  In summary, I don't FBS Independence is a death-sentence that many make it out to be. UConn would be able to control its own schedule much better, cut down on the national travel, and get more wins in the process. There can easily be a small rotation of Northeast programs between Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers, and Temple, along with other area programs in Buffalo, UMass and Army, in order to recreate local regional interest. There can also be games scheduled against weaker FBS programs like Kent State and Liberty and closer C-USA schools like Marshall, UNC-Charlotte, and Old Dominion. Toss in an annual FCS game against Stony Brook, Albany, Delaware or New Hampshire, and UConn has a much more advantageous schedule. Even in losses, at least there are more local games with built-in interest (not fabricated interest like the ConFLict).

This is exactly why some UMass fans (including myself) prefer playing independent rather than in MAC or FCS. We get to play our old foes, play decent G5 teams, and we get to keep basketball in a decent league.

Ironically we'd all jump in a heartbeat to join UCONN and Temple in The American, and UCONN seems to be trying its best to leave. 03-bored

Not a lot of "old foes" on the schedule for the next few years, though. From 2018 to 2020 you get UConn 3X, Army 2X and BC, Rutgers and Temple 1X each. That's 8 out of 36 games, and only three of those at home. Next year's home schedule isn't likely to boost attendance much.

One problem I could see is that an independent UConn would be competing with UMass for those scarce regional opponents. How many of those battles will UMass win?
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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-30-2018 01:28 PM)Bogg Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 12:51 PM)johnbragg Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Losing good AAC games will hurt. And it's there where the issue really lies. You can leave and fill up the slate with NMSU, Liberty, etc.., but, with exception of Army and BYU, and maybe some regional interest with UMass, that's a big hit losing the Houston's, UCF's, Navy's, Cincy's, and ECU's of your schedule. Those guys help bring in money the old-fashioned way when you host them...you won't see it as an independent, backfilling with SBC, CUSA, and FCS fare. They won't travel...neither will UConn fans to watch those games.

Except for Navy and now UCF, do those names actually resonate in the northeast, though? Because UConn football isn't drawing with those names on the schedule. They could do worse if you replace them with NMSU, UMass, and Liberty--or maybe not.

Yea, that's the thing - regardless of the quality of the teams, the AAC brands just don't draw in Connecticut. The fans will show up if UConn's winning, but they'll show up for an 8-4 independent team too. I honestly don't think there's a huge difference between ECU/USF/Houston and Charlotte/FAU/Rice in terms of getting people in the Hartford area to show up, just whether or not UConn's winning.

(03-30-2018 12:53 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 12:32 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 12:23 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  this is byu's schedule for 2018...I really don't think we could get most of those p5 teams in the schedule

UConn likely wouldn't schedule Pac-12 teams like BYU does. Their P5 opponents would be primarily ACC and Big Ten teams.

UConn already has one P5 team on the schedule this year and two on every schedule from 2019-2023. UConn could get 4 or 5 P5 teams on an indy schedule, like BYU does.
I just don't think we could get the big name teams of the p5 conferences. obviously we can play our new England rivals from the acc and big ten (cuse, Pitt, Rutgers etc). But our chances of playing Miami of the acc, or penn state of the BIG are a lot lower then BYU playing USC, or Washington of the pac 12. BYU is a more attractive opponent. we would really struggle as an indy, with quality of opponents and overall field performance

UConn has no business playing the Penn States and Michigans of the world anyway. What exactly looks fun about being Rutgers the last couple years? If you can play some of the old BE teams and/or some of the more basketball-focused big money schools, like Kansas/Wake/Indiana, plus a mix of G5 and independent programs that's an entirely appropriate schedule for UConn.

i agree with you, but I'm just saying its gonna be a lot harder for UConn to get those attractive p5 opponents on the schedule then it would be for BYU. it can be tough for an indy to be anything with out a few big names on the schedule.
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(03-30-2018 01:18 AM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 10:23 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  I could be wrong--but I dont think so----My gut feeling is UConn isnt going anywhere until they have a solid working figure on the new AAC TV deal.

I think you'd be safe inscribing that in marble.

Personally I have thought for some time that the AAC vs. Big East math for UConn probably favored Big East simply because conference revenue is such a small portion of their revenue. AAC revenue is roughly as important to UConn as Sun Belt revenue has been for AState.


I actually thought just the opposite--for two reasons.

One---UConn is going to lose about 7 million a year in income when the "realignment fund" (comprised of old exit fees and left behind NCAA credits) runs out. This fund has been augementing the payout for the legacy Big East members of the AAC. Those teams will be looking for every spare dime when that happens. Coming up with a 10 million dollar exit fee for little or no difference in annual payout isnt going to be attractive.

Two---The football issue. Even if you make a bit more in basketball, you'll probably lose a bit more in football. Indy wont be kind. UConn is not BYU or Notre Dame. An Indy UConn schedule is going to look a lot more like a Umass schedule than a BYU schedule. That aint going to bring big bucks for tv and it isnt going to attract recruits or season ticket buyers.

My feeling is the difference in annual revenue is going to have to be pretty darn substantial before it makes sense to shell out 10 million in present day dollars AND throw football under a bus. I think the there is virtually no chance that the next AAC TV deal is going to less than the current BE deal (in fact, I think there is a very good chance the new AAC deal will be substantially better than the current BE deal).

The media revenue is such a small matter for UConn. There isn't much difference if they make $2 million more in one conference or the other. The vital thing is whether they can sell tickets.

That presents the big dilemma.

UConn probably can sell more men's and women's hoops tickets and elicit more in donations in Big East, but the probability is they would lose ticket buyers in football and football donors as an independent or in the MAC if they were to convince them to offer a football only affiliation (which seems unlikely).
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The AAC wouldn't keep UConn football around if that is all that is left from them.
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(03-30-2018 02:01 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  That said, I see no reason that cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU.

UConn can get as many home P5 games as BYU, because BYU is averaging 2 of those a season, as you can see here: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/indep/byu-cougars.php

Big Ten and ACC teams that don't have Ohio State-like or Clemson-like attendance would be open to playing home/home series with UConn, as Illinois, Indiana, BC, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia already have or will in the next several years.

Did you look at UConns schedules while you were there? Over the next 5 years they have a total of 2 P5 home games scheduled. They have hosted a grand total of 5 home P5 games since the start of AAC play in 2013---two of those home games were in the first year of play (2013). Im not confident at all they can schedule many home P5 games as an indy. THat said, I am confident they can schedule a 12 game FBS schedule. If New Mexico St and UMass can do it---so can UConn.
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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 11:05 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Independence is far more feasible now, given the pool of FBS independents, but it's not failsafe. UConn can't command/demand special favors the same way Notre Dame and the Service Academies can/could; UConn's phone lines won't be jammed by teams dying to get them on the books.

UConn could get independent football schedules as good as BYU's. They might decide that they prefer to stay in the AAC, but if they want to go the BE/indy route, they can build decent football schedules.

No. I dont think so. BYU gets a bit of a lift because there is no competing power conference on the left coast to play against. But the back half of the BYU annual schedule looks little better than a UMass schedule.

BC, Pitt, UMass, and perhaps Army will be the UConn staples. Navy wont normally have room for UConn becasue thier conference schedule leaves little room for anyone other than their traditional rivals (Army, AF, Notre Dame). That said, I see no reason they cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU--and expect the back half to be bad.

Bowls will be a problem. The Pinstripe isnt giving up its current ties for UConn. Neither is the Military, Belk, Liberty, Music City, or Detroit Bowls. The rest of the bowls are southern and western. They certainly would have little interest in UConn. So, UConn will get left out every once in a while when there are too many 6-6 teams. The good news is most of the time they are bowl qualified they will get a bowl. The bad news is they will get shipped off to whatever bowl that needs a back up. Nobody is signing a primary tie with UConn.

Uh, I’m a supporter of UConn joining the ACC but Pitt would not be a UConn staple. Pitt has WVU and PSU as a priority out of conference plus the Notre Dame rotation. There really isn’t room to play UConn regularly.
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(03-30-2018 04:43 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 01:18 AM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 10:23 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  I could be wrong--but I dont think so----My gut feeling is UConn isnt going anywhere until they have a solid working figure on the new AAC TV deal.

I think you'd be safe inscribing that in marble.

Personally I have thought for some time that the AAC vs. Big East math for UConn probably favored Big East simply because conference revenue is such a small portion of their revenue. AAC revenue is roughly as important to UConn as Sun Belt revenue has been for AState.


I actually thought just the opposite--for two reasons.

One---UConn is going to lose about 7 million a year in income when the "realignment fund" (comprised of old exit fees and left behind NCAA credits) runs out. This fund has been augementing the payout for the legacy Big East members of the AAC. Those teams will be looking for every spare dime when that happens. Coming up with a 10 million dollar exit fee for little or no difference in annual payout isnt going to be attractive.

Two---The football issue. Even if you make a bit more in basketball, you'll probably lose a bit more in football. Indy wont be kind. UConn is not BYU or Notre Dame. An Indy UConn schedule is going to look a lot more like a Umass schedule than a BYU schedule. That aint going to bring big bucks for tv and it isnt going to attract recruits or season ticket buyers.

My feeling is the difference in annual revenue is going to have to be pretty darn substantial before it makes sense to shell out 10 million in present day dollars AND throw football under a bus. I think the there is virtually no chance that the next AAC TV deal is going to less than the current BE deal (in fact, I think there is a very good chance the new AAC deal will be substantially better than the current BE deal).

The media revenue is such a small matter for UConn. There isn't much difference if they make $2 million more in one conference or the other. The vital thing is whether they can sell tickets.

That presents the big dilemma.

UConn probably can sell more men's and women's hoops tickets and elicit more in donations in Big East, but the probability is they would lose ticket buyers in football and football donors as an independent or in the MAC if they were to convince them to offer a football only affiliation (which seems unlikely).


That's why I say the ticket revenue is probably a wash. While TV revenue is not a large hunk of the UConn athletic budget, you have to remember the situation they will be facing. They will have just taken an effective 7 million dollar hit already as the realignment fund payments end. So, at some point---7 million here---a couple a million there---it starts to make every remaining dollar more important. In that environment--I dont see spending 10 million to jump to a very similar revenue stream winning over many administrators. Plus--if the new AAC deal exceeds the BE deal---its kinda of the end of the discussion. I think there is a better than even chance the next AAC deal does just that.
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(03-30-2018 06:33 PM)MKPitt Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 11:05 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Independence is far more feasible now, given the pool of FBS independents, but it's not failsafe. UConn can't command/demand special favors the same way Notre Dame and the Service Academies can/could; UConn's phone lines won't be jammed by teams dying to get them on the books.

UConn could get independent football schedules as good as BYU's. They might decide that they prefer to stay in the AAC, but if they want to go the BE/indy route, they can build decent football schedules.

No. I dont think so. BYU gets a bit of a lift because there is no competing power conference on the left coast to play against. But the back half of the BYU annual schedule looks little better than a UMass schedule.

BC, Pitt, UMass, and perhaps Army will be the UConn staples. Navy wont normally have room for UConn becasue thier conference schedule leaves little room for anyone other than their traditional rivals (Army, AF, Notre Dame). That said, I see no reason they cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU--and expect the back half to be bad.

Bowls will be a problem. The Pinstripe isnt giving up its current ties for UConn. Neither is the Military, Belk, Liberty, Music City, or Detroit Bowls. The rest of the bowls are southern and western. They certainly would have little interest in UConn. So, UConn will get left out every once in a while when there are too many 6-6 teams. The good news is most of the time they are bowl qualified they will get a bowl. The bad news is they will get shipped off to whatever bowl that needs a back up. Nobody is signing a primary tie with UConn.

Uh, I’m a supporter of UConn joining the ACC but Pitt would not be a UConn staple. Pitt has WVU and PSU as a priority out of conference plus the Notre Dame rotation. There really isn’t room to play UConn regularly.

That would even strengthen my point. I think UConn can fill out a schedule---but I dont think its gong to be a very attractive slate of games. It aint easy being indy these days. 04-cheers
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(03-29-2018 06:24 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:17 PM)WNCOrange Wrote:  He made mention of UConn in talks with the BE. He said it would be good for them to get back to playing teams like Villanova instead of teams like ECU.

I don't know if he was blowing smoke or what but he is still a UConn diehard and it shocked me to hear him say the BE out loud.

JC says it would be "incredible", in a good sense, if UConn rejoined the Big East. Says UConn season tickets have fallen from 12,000 to 5,000, because the fans were excited to play Big East teams but have no interest in playing AAC teams.

It doesn't really shock me. JC built his entire career and the UConn program in the Big East. He realizes UConn hoops belongs in the Big East.

It's not going to happen, UConn is all-in as a football program aiming for a P5 invitation. They're not letting that dream die any time soon. But Calhoun has always spoken his mind.

If UConn basketball returns to the Big East, what do they do with football and the rest of thier sports? 07-coffee3
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(03-31-2018 12:23 AM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:24 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:17 PM)WNCOrange Wrote:  He made mention of UConn in talks with the BE. He said it would be good for them to get back to playing teams like Villanova instead of teams like ECU.

I don't know if he was blowing smoke or what but he is still a UConn diehard and it shocked me to hear him say the BE out loud.

JC says it would be "incredible", in a good sense, if UConn rejoined the Big East. Says UConn season tickets have fallen from 12,000 to 5,000, because the fans were excited to play Big East teams but have no interest in playing AAC teams.

It doesn't really shock me. JC built his entire career and the UConn program in the Big East. He realizes UConn hoops belongs in the Big East.

It's not going to happen, UConn is all-in as a football program aiming for a P5 invitation. They're not letting that dream die any time soon. But Calhoun has always spoken his mind.

If UConn basketball returns to the Big East, what do they do with football and the rest of thier sports? 07-coffee3

The other sports could be in the Big East too, but football is the problem of course.

I don't think they could construct an independent schedule as good as an AAC schedule, which is one reason they aren't leaving.
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(03-30-2018 06:25 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 02:01 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  That said, I see no reason that cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU.

UConn can get as many home P5 games as BYU, because BYU is averaging 2 of those a season, as you can see here: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/indep/byu-cougars.php

Big Ten and ACC teams that don't have Ohio State-like or Clemson-like attendance would be open to playing home/home series with UConn, as Illinois, Indiana, BC, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia already have or will in the next several years.

Did you look at UConns schedules while you were there? Over the next 5 years they have a total of 2 P5 home games scheduled. They have hosted a grand total of 5 home P5 games since the start of AAC play in 2013---two of those home games were in the first year of play (2013). Im not confident at all they can schedule many home P5 games as an indy. THat said, I am confident they can schedule a 12 game FBS schedule. If New Mexico St and UMass can do it---so can UConn.

You're downplaying UConn's indy prospects because you don't want them to leave the AAC. But c'mon, you know that UConn's football value, and their ability to schedule as an indy, is a helluva lot closer to BYU than NMSU.
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(03-31-2018 01:26 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 06:25 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 02:01 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  That said, I see no reason that cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU.

UConn can get as many home P5 games as BYU, because BYU is averaging 2 of those a season, as you can see here: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/indep/byu-cougars.php

Big Ten and ACC teams that don't have Ohio State-like or Clemson-like attendance would be open to playing home/home series with UConn, as Illinois, Indiana, BC, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia already have or will in the next several years.

Did you look at UConns schedules while you were there? Over the next 5 years they have a total of 2 P5 home games scheduled. They have hosted a grand total of 5 home P5 games since the start of AAC play in 2013---two of those home games were in the first year of play (2013). Im not confident at all they can schedule many home P5 games as an indy. THat said, I am confident they can schedule a 12 game FBS schedule. If New Mexico St and UMass can do it---so can UConn.

You're downplaying UConn's indy prospects because you don't want them to leave the AAC. But c'mon, you know that UConn's football value, and their ability to schedule as an indy, is a helluva lot closer to BYU than NMSU.

I don’t want them to leave—but I think I’m pretty clear eyed about thier program as an indy. Their situation and location would be very similar to UMass. I suspect the schedules would be similar if UConn went indy.
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(03-31-2018 01:46 AM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-31-2018 01:26 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 06:25 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 02:01 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 01:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  That said, I see no reason that cant fashion a 12 game schedule with 6 home games. Just dont expect to have as many home P5 games as BYU.

UConn can get as many home P5 games as BYU, because BYU is averaging 2 of those a season, as you can see here: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/indep/byu-cougars.php

Big Ten and ACC teams that don't have Ohio State-like or Clemson-like attendance would be open to playing home/home series with UConn, as Illinois, Indiana, BC, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia already have or will in the next several years.

Did you look at UConns schedules while you were there? Over the next 5 years they have a total of 2 P5 home games scheduled. They have hosted a grand total of 5 home P5 games since the start of AAC play in 2013---two of those home games were in the first year of play (2013). Im not confident at all they can schedule many home P5 games as an indy. THat said, I am confident they can schedule a 12 game FBS schedule. If New Mexico St and UMass can do it---so can UConn.

You're downplaying UConn's indy prospects because you don't want them to leave the AAC. But c'mon, you know that UConn's football value, and their ability to schedule as an indy, is a helluva lot closer to BYU than NMSU.

I don’t want them to leave—but I think I’m pretty clear eyed about thier program as an indy. Their situation and location would be very similar to UMass. I suspect the schedules would be similar if UConn went indy.

When the Big East was playing 7 conference games the schools were struggling to fill out schedules. I heard that UConn was offering home and homes in basketball for schools to come in for football at below market rate.
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IMO, UConn should look at scaling back on their involvement in all of these tournaments, pick the ones they like, and schedule their old BE rivals OOC. Providence and Villanova should be yearly staples. Gtown should be played at least every other year, IMO.
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I think Dan Hurley and UConn should do their best to sell the basketball program as an event worth seeing no matter which conference they're in or who they are playing. Kentucky and Kansas probably wouldn't lose a single season ticket sales if they suddenly changed leagues because their fans are there to see their teams play, not Florida, Tennessee, K-State, or Texas.

At least that is what UConn needs to be doing as long as they are in the AAC.
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