Friday, August 17, 2012

DeFilippo stepping down at BC

I am sure not too many tears were shed by UConn fans with the news today that Gene DeFilippo announced his retirement as the athletic director at Boston College effective on Sep. 30.

DeFilippo admitted that he did everything in his power to block UConn from joining the Atlantic Coast Conference when the ACC lured Pittsburgh and Syracuse out of the Big East.

It remains to be seen what DeFilippo's absence will mean when the time comes for the ACC to go after more teams.

At the press conference celebrating UConn joining Hockey East (to play alongside of Boston College) UConn AD Warde Manuel downplayed any issues between the two New England schools.

"The dialogue with BC is fine," Manuel said. "The dialogue with Gene DeFilippo, he has been a great friend of mine for a long time, the dialogue is fine with UConn. Where it goes, it will be up to the conversations that Gene and I have. We have a good relationship with BC moving forward. I can't speak to the past but I know Gene and I in our conversations know that we want to be there and try to work things out."

Obviously the final word on conference realignment has yet to be written but it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out in the future if the ACC comes knocking on UConn's door.


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