WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Presidents of the Big East schools voted on Monday to invite UConn to rejoin the basketball and other sports conference, ESPN source Jeff Bortzolo confirms.
a meeting of the Trustees' Council scheduled for Wednesday when it is expected to accept the invitation and a release from the Grand East is expected as early as Thursday morning.
"I know a little about him, I think this could be a great thing for the state," Mr. Connecticut Ned Lamont told reporters at an unconnected press conference Monday. "Let's face it: UConn, in particular UConn basketball, we can compete with anyone, we're ready to do the best, let's see how the negotiations are going."
The vote was first reported on Monday.
UConn female basketball coach Geno Aurimma warned that the expected move does not mean a return to the glorious days of the old Great East.
The coach of the Hall of Fame, who spoke to reporters at a charity golf event, said the conference is not the same one that includes schools like Notre Dame and Louisville.
"It's like saying you're going back to your hometown, but the block you lived in, and half the city's gone," he said. "It's not the same."
Auriemma said his team's success has never depended on what conference he is, and he does not see that change.
Women from UConn have never lost their opponents at the American Athletic Conference in the regular season and in the six 1
The AAC Statute requires UConn to pay a $ 10 million toll and give a 27-month notice before leaving. Leadership conditions are still on Monday
UConn is expected to spend at least one more season in AAC before moving, and junior Megan Walker said that keeping this flawless record will be a priority. She said the Huskies understood that other league teams now have even more motivation to defeat them.
"I've always been black hats, bad boys since I met with the University of Connecticut," she said. – I enjoy this. If we did not want this challenge, we would not be here at this university. I'm glad to leave the conference or whatever. Whatever conference we have, I'm excited to play. 19659002] The commercial trips to Tulsa and Tulane for games in St. John and Vilanova, recognized by Aurimma, will help the school when it comes to finance and selling fans' interests. Currently, UConn is managing a $ 40 million deficit in its athletic division.
Auriemma said he is not sure what this means for the future of UConn's football program. But the coach said he could foresee a day when all schools, not just UConn, have numerous conferences based on what is best for every sport. UConn is playing hockey hockey in the east and retains its membership in hockey and lacrosse in the big east.
"So if that happens, it would be better to have 16,000 in the XL Center every night," Auriemma said.
Associated Press contributed to this report.