Friday, January 11, 2013

Report: UConn considering staying with Catholic 7

Mark Blaudschun, a former reporter at the Boston Globe, wrote in his "" blog that UConn officials are pursuing an option of remaining with the "Catholic 7" in all sports except football and hockey with the hope of joining the MWC in football only. However, UConn has denied the proposed plan wtih reports that UConn athletic director Warde Manuel saying he wants to keep the Huskies' football and basketball programs  in the same conference.

Blaudschun's reports have been spot on throughout this conference realignment process and certainly UConn being in a basketball league with DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova as well as Cincinnati (who Blaudschun said is considering the same option) is better than being in the Big East following the departure of the Catholic 7. However, from the time that the Catholic 7 teams announced they were leaving, people have speculated that UConn could go with them. The only problem with that is that UConn and Cincinnati's desire to land spots in a conference like the ACC, Big Ten or Big 12 was one of the reasons why the seven schools decided to venture out on their own in the first place. I know geographic considerations aren't high up in many decisions being made these days but UConn in the MWC would not be in the best interests of UConn's football program..

It should be stated that the report merely said that UConn officials are "pursuing a plan" to remain in the Catholic 7. I do think UConn is getting to the point where they ought to be considering all the options even one like the Catholic 7/MWC split.

It seems as if rarely a week can go by when there isn't a rumor of teams being pursued by other conferences. By the process of elimination, there aren't many teams ahead of UConn now the next time a conference like the ACC needs to fill a vacancy.


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