The Big East Conference has performed well in basketball over the last few years, with Villanova taking home two recent national titles. UConn, one of the best basketball schools in the country over the last few decades, has been seeking a return, and got the decision from the conference today.
On Wednesday, UConn’s Board of Trustees approved withdrawing from the American Athletic Conference (AAC). The decision comes after the Big East approved UConn’s bid to join their conference earlier in the week.
Per SNY, the move will be effective at the start of the 2020-21 basketball season.
The UConn Huskies men’s basketball team won three of their four NCAA Tournament titles as a member of the old Big East. Their fourth came in 2014 as a member of the AAC.
UConn’s more prolific women’s basketball team didn’t miss a beat after switching from the Big East to the AAC. As a member of the Big East they won eight national titles. Since leaving, they’re 102-0 in the AAC with six straight trips to the Final Four and three NCAA titles.
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The return of the Huskies will undoubtedly put the likes of Villanova, Seton Hall, Marquette, Georgetown and the others on notice.
Will the Huskies’ men’s team return to Big East dominance? That is the hope, even if the move puts the football program in serious jeopardy, as the Huskies may need to become an FBS Independent now.