The never-ending conference realignment saga has brought out an array of emotions from fans/students across the country. Students at Missouri are ecstatic about the Tigers upcoming switch to the SEC. Fans of West Virginia have expressed their relief to see the Mountaineers move on from the Big East. Even supporters at smaller schools like Butler are excited for life in their new conferences.
But not everyone is pumped about the changing landscape.
We sat down with Tim Fontenault and Danny Maher, two current UConn students, to get their views on the morale in Storrs, the future of UConn Athletics, and see whether or not the ACC could be a possible landing spot for the Huskies.
College Spun: What do you think about Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving the Big East for the ACC?
Tim Fontenault (TF): It was kind of upsetting to learn that Syracuse and Pittsburgh were going to be leaving for the ACC and UConn was going to remain in the Big East. We have had rivalries with these schools for a very long time. For Syracuse and Pittsburgh, this is a good move, but for UConn, it means the loss of two of its biggest opponents; two schools that guarantee sell-outs in Storrs and Hartford.
Danny Maher (DM): I was crushed. Pittsburgh and Syracuse were easily UConn’s two biggest rivals over the last decade and to hear that they’d both bolted for the ACC left me feeling hopeless as a fan. I wondered when our call from the ACC would come, but so far there has been nothing.
Right after that announcement, rumors were swirling that UConn/Rutgers could possibly join them. What would you think about a possible move to the ACC?
TF: A move to the ACC would be great for UConn and I’m patiently waiting for the day it happens. The loss of West Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh diminishes the level of competition in basketball, football, soccer and most other sports in the conference. UConn is used to being an elite school in a power conference, and it is scary to think that we could wind up surrounded by mediocrity. With the desire to take football seriously, national powerhouses in both men’s and women’s basketball, and a championship-caliber men’s soccer team, the ACC is where UConn belongs.
DM: I have hated the ACC and its teams for as long as I can remember. But given the direction the Big East appears to be headed, I would graciously embrace UConn accepting an invite. Match-ups against Duke and North Carolina each season in Storrs would be among the biggest events of the year.