Q: Des, Happy New Year. Do you think the outcome of the ACC versus Maryland lawsuit will ultimately determine where UCONN ends up in conference realignment? If so, any idea on how we would be able to follow the proceedings? In my opinion, if Maryland can settle for $25m, that opens the door for FSU and Clemson to bolt, which in turn would hopefully open the door for UCONN and Cincy. Thoughts? Thanks John, CT
A: I think that’s the prevailing thought but if I were a UConn fan I wouldn’t be sitting back counting on it as gospel. The ACC already changed the game up on UConn by picking (Louisville) a school with a perceived better athletic program when most conferences are plucking schools for everything but that ie Rutgers to the Big Ten (do you know Rutgers could leave this conference without ever winning the Big East football conference – once?! But it will supposedly deliver the NY market, right?) Props to Rutgers by the way which straight up said one of the reasons it’s bolting is because its needs the money. Anyway, I digress. The other point I’ve been trying to make to folks is this: be careful what you wish for with the ACC. Now, let’s say, Florida State and Clemson go. If that happens Georgia Tech and Virginia may fire to the Big Ten – and may anyway. So, with those four schools gone and Maryland, will the ACC be what it was? There’s more to this than fans feeling UConn has been “left” in the Big East. Folks at UConn have to be smart here about what they want/should do. All that being said, as I’ve said many, many times. I think UConn goes to the ACC eventually, it could be a year from now, but I think it does go. And I hope it does soon because the fans in this state are shaken to the core over this. There is one thing they and you can do though while all this goes on, and that’s be supportive of the programs no matter what. UConn doesn’t need it’s fans being critical or running out on it now – and that’s all sports. Happy New Year, John.