UConn's impending return to the Big East is great news for its basketball program, but what about for the Huskies' floundering football team?
The Huskies began declining on the gridiron in the final years of the old Big East, and it has been more of the same since. The program hasn't had a winning season since 2010--though UConn did make a bowl game in 2015 and finished 6-7 after losing to Marshall.
NCAA.com's Andy Katz, who worked as a game day host for UConn football after being laid off at ESPN, has an update on what the plan is for UConn football.
The university is hoping to enter the Big East for the 2020-21 season after spending next year in the AAC. Once that happens, UConn appears to be going the Independent route on the gridiron.
Katz reports that in addition to already scheduled home-and-homes, the Huskies will pursue matchups with East Coast schools like Boston College, UMass, Syracuse and Rutgers. They will also look for some "buy" games at traditional powers to make money.
We'll have to see if this strategy has any staying power. UConn needed to make this move to preserve a strong future for its flagship basketball program.
Now, football just has to survive.