Mailbag Dec.13: Latest On UConn-Michigan

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Q: Hey Dez, how are you? I was wondering if you’ve heard anything regarding the Michigan game recently? Last I heard, the game would be at Rentschler, but Michigan still wanted to move to a bigger venue. If you’ve heard something you probably would have mentioned it and I apologize if I missed it. But, that said, what do you think would be the cut off? Michigan can buy out the game, but at what point can we safely assume the game will go off as scheduled? When I’m in my seat and they’re kicking off? Rich, West Hartford

A: A few days ago I heard the game was going to be at Rentschler Field. I always heard it was going to be. I heard the Michigan AD wants to move the game to a bigger venue which from everything Ive heard is a non-starter as far as UConn folks are concerned.I just The psyche of the UConn fan right now is fragile. This question may be just another indicator. But the fans cant take another jolt. I get it.
If I were you, unless you hear something from UConn officials, I’d plan on being at Rentschler Field for the game Rich.

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25 thoughts on “Mailbag Dec.13: Latest On UConn-Michigan

  1. ROADRUNNER

    @ Jesse..I believe you are right.. all good valid points… I suppose wishful thinking on my part.. Anyway just wondering though how did Navy, BYU start??.They had to have started at ground zero at some point. UCONN is somewhat a “BRAND” if you will, allbeit, “a growing program”. Thats the platform I would continue to market to recruits along with a better more competitive schedule then whats being amassed currently. Lets say we went independent Jesse..and were able to schedule excellent competition..Maybe SNY would pick up the programming?? I venture to guess that whatever $$ they gave UCONN would be more $$ than what revenue they would receive in whatever becomes of the conference that is currently being assembled..the slice of pie I’m sure would be quiet small.Eventually win some games attract better recruits,more $$ with TV..grow..grow..grow.. Maybe?? or is that too far reaching??

  2. Ryan

    We need more of these games like Michigan. Silly that we ended the Notre Dame series we should have at least tried to get them to play every other year at a neutral stadium (Gillette or Giants Stadium). We are a new and growing program when it comes to football. Why not go out there and find 1 game a year with just 1 game/year agreement against big name school and play it on the road to get that exposure.

    That being said we already have the agreement with Michigan so I’d fight to keep it at the Rent almost half the Big 10 football programs average less than 46,000 people in their stadiums (5 out of 12 teams average between 36-46,000 people per home game) so not like they do not play in smaller stadiums/crowds – if you add two incoming schools Rutgers and Maryland even 2 more schools right around our stadium size.

    Big Ten Average Attendance
    Team 2012 Average 2011 Average Change/Game Percent Change/Game
    Indiana 44,802 41,380 +3,422 +8.3
    Northwestern 35,697 33,442 +2,255 +6.7
    Michigan State 75,382 74,078 +1,304 +1.8
    Nebraska 85,517 85,267 +250 < 0.01 increase
    Wisconsin 80,006 79,813 +193 < 0.01 increase
    Ohio State 105,330 105,231 +99 < 0.01 increase
    Michigan 112,252 112,179 +73 < 0.01 increase
    Iowa 70,474 70,585 -111 < 0.01 decrease
    Minnesota 46,637 47,714 -1,077 -2.3
    Purdue 43,588 45,225 -1,637 -3.6
    Penn State 96,730 101,427 -4,697 -4.6
    Illinois 45,564 49,548 -3,984 -8.0

    Rutgers 49,188 (+12 percent)
    Maryland:36,023, Down 15 percent

  3. Palatine

    UConn has a much better athletic petigre than virtually all of the ACC.

    National Championships in M/W basketball and a lot of them. Multiple NC in soccer. A recent BCS Bowl game in football.

    Most B10teams can’t match that.

    We’re not poor little UConn, we are a major player in major sports. When is the school going to start acting like it? Moving the Michigan game away form the loyal season ticket holders would be insulting -ridiculous.

  4. TheJerk

    there will be time to talk football in the future. Is today the right time? maybe for some, but maybe not for others. Everyone handles tragedy different. For those of you with children I hope you are doing well, and for those of you without children, I want you to think about friends and family members who do. We may be a terrible sports state, but one thing this small state and the small towns of CT do, is stand together. Pray for the lost, pray for the families, and pray for newtown

  5. Jesse

    I don’t understand all of this talk about going independent in football. UConn has neither the TV market or the national following to be able to do this. The only reason teams like BYU, ND and Navy can be independent is because of their national brand. UConn will not be able to get a TV contract similar to Navy or BYU to help alleviate the higher costs of being independent in football. And lets face it, it’s all about the money. If UConn goes independent, football will suffer financially because of it’s inability to bring in a nice TV contract and it’s on the field product because it’s hard enough to get 5 quality OOC opponents as it is, getting 7 more that aren’t FCS or non BCS schools doesn’t seem very likely. So unless you want to see a schedule of one good team and then the remainder of Sun Belt and MAC teams then go independent. I, for one, will like to stay in this conference not just to help the school financially, but it makes scheduling a hell of a lot easier and most likely a lot better than being independent. Not to mention, there will be bowl tie-ins with the new conference, where while being independent, there will be none and again UConn doesn’t have the national following or a large enough traveling fan base to get an at large bowl bid. To sum it up, as much as it sucks, staying in the new conference will definitely light years ahead of going independent.

  6. ROADRUNNER

    What A BIG FREAKIN MESS !!! UCONN is being snubbed.. At this point …I SAY GO INDEPENDENT IN FOOTABLL SCHEDULE WHOEVER WHERE EVER AND JOIN THE CATOLIC SCHOOLS IN ALL OTHER SPORTS…It’s ABOUT CONTROLLING OUR OWN DESTINY AS OUR ONLY OPTION THE WAY I SEE IT. STAY WITH THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN ALL SPORTS AND GO INDEPENDENT IN FOOTBALL. IT WILL BE ALOT BETTER TO BUILD A SCHEDULE THAT CAN BE MARKETABLE FOR RECRUITS,THE STUDENTS AND THE FANS….BUILD FROM THERE AND WITH SUCCESS THEN SEE WHERE THAT LEADS !!! WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SELLING CORPORATE TICKETS???..IN THIS STATE THE SUITES SHOULD BE SOLD OUT !!! wHAT THE HELL IS THE LEADERSHIP DOING ??? ADDING MORE SCHOOLS LIKE TULANE???

  7. Raymond Martineau/Ohio

    UC is in a huge mess. Right now UC in a whirlpool of frustration with little to no power. The one thing they can do is schedule teams in conferences we would want to go. Also some big games. Look if you want to be big time you have to prove you are capable of looking big time. Conferences want you to “SHOW ME THE MONEY”.

  8. kevin

    man that law suit with BLumenthal at Miami and BC really has come back to bite us in the #$$! We are in trouble, I think we should lock up Ollie quick as our jobs are a little less desierable right now. I wanted Ollie locked up anyways, but can we take care of business now please.

  9. Mike

    Dez I dont speak for the rest of the fans, that would be foolish. But myself, and many UConn football fans that I know are of the opinion that while we would love to be in a position to tell the Michigan and ND’s of the world that these games have to be at the Rent that we just are not in a position to do that. Our belief is that, for the good of the program, these games should be played wherever these schools want to play. UConn Football needs the positive exposure. I know you mentioned the fragile psyche of the UConn fan right now, and you couldn’t be more right but do you get the sense that the opinion that I hold could be spreading?

    1. TheJerk

      until people from CT get the clue that there is a world out there that is much bigger and stronger than CT we will be doomed.

      1. TheJerk

        also hearing some buzz now about “sources within the University” saying herbst is a mess and has no clue. Donors possibly?

        1. husky66

          why is that not surprising? Its on the folks who hired her.

          of course, this is the university that pays its chief cop a couple hundred $K/yr to oversee that hotbed of criminal activity in Storrs.

          and lets not forget that new VP of “Engagement.”

  10. husky66

    why not play at a neutral and bigger site? do it and maybe other Big 10 schools, will agree to play UConn. Given where things stand currently w/ its athletic future, who is UConn to be demanding anything? why even risk the chance that Michigan says no and works it way out of the game? think anyone else in the country would be happy to schedule them?

    1. Cool Hurt

      Who said that Michigan is going to say no. The embarrassing thing here is if you move it to a bigger venue and Michigan has more fans than Uconn. Keep your home field advantage. If Uconn had a 60k stadium Michigan would ask us to do the same.

  11. jack54

    Maybe time to future schedule more B1G teams. The ACC is not impressed with UC athletics.Can we start to build some competitive relationships with B1G schools? I believe the B1G wants Virginia + N.Carolina. UC might be 3rd choice if NC wants to stay with NC State,WF,+ Duke. They might also be a target for the SEC.Unless someone leaves the ACC, UC is odd man out. On the other hand Rutgers might just pull a BC, and block our B1G entry anyway !

    1. roberttherugguyraleigh

      UNC never leaves the ACC, no way no how. The ACC commissioner, John Swafford is a UNC grad, the ACC headquarters is a stones throw west of Chapel-Hill. UNC is the ACC.

  12. im blue

    thats problem with uconn fans—-more interested in getting cocked in parking lot,than watching team get cocked on field.

  13. SillyBoy

    I like the idea that someone recently brought up….why can’t a section of the parking lot be open to RVs at the very least the night before the game? This could be another revenue source and show that we are interested in making UConn football an “experience”….all big-time programs do this…

    1. Wayne

      Great idea. It works wonderfully at Penn State where my daughter is an Alum.great environment to see all the RVs rolling in on a Friday night.Also, these folks go to the game on time unlike UCONN fans. UCONN Belongs in the MAC.

  14. Steve-CT

    Funny how tailgating has become a prominent topic of discussion when it comes to games, experiences and support for the team. Nothing against tailgating – I enjoy too, but I’m just saying…

  15. Kate B

    I hope the game is at the Rent. I hope we have the opportunity to be show the same hospitality to tailgating Michigan fans as they showed to us. I mean that – all the Michigan fans we met when we went out there were friendly and we enjoyed meeting them. But – if it’s not at the Rent, well then I’m still going, I’m still tailgating and I’m still looking forward to greeting Michigan fans. Wherever the game is, this is a great opportunity for our team and our fans.

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