Q: DC my man, I am sure you are getting this question a lot, but with the resignation of Marinatto, and the further instability of the Big East, where does UConn go from here? Unless the BE brings in a ringer here and someone who puts football first, this league could be dead. Do you think UConn is proactive and jumps now? What do you think? Be good! Frank, Middletown
A: I’m going to assume you’re also talking about the elimination of the AQ status as well and how that plays for your Huskies?
Well first the resignation of Marinatto means nothing. I think it was obvious his football acumen wasn’t very well respected based on raids during his watch on top of raids he first saw happen in 2003 while working at the BE . Its too bad too because John Marinatto is a good man, a very good man. It just seemed like the job got too big for him real fast. Anyway, yes his replacement better have a football first mentality because that’s the reality. College football drives the bus in college sports. I know some Big East basketball heads hate to hear that so I apologize for waking up that crowd but these ridiculously high TV contracts we’re seeing are based on a conference’s football ability first, not basketball exciting as it is, especially in March. Yes, March Madness. Well, Football is March Madness every week in some of the conferences. The only people who don’t know that are the ones not paying attention, some intentionally. Anyway, back on topic, I think UConn needs to upgrade its schedule to look more like it will next year (Michigan , Maryland) in terms of out of conference games. It will be a huge jump and adjustment but if you’re talking about being a player and getting in the conversation you have to play them now. It’s as simple as that. I’m not looking to ding anybody but the UMass’, Buffalos of the world just aren’t going to help. Those slots need to be filled with bigger games. And UConn would need to win those games obviously. I think with the facilities upgrade/makeover on campus, along with where the school stands academically a big Frosh class coming in, I wonder if officials think they’ll be more attractive to a Big Ten or ACC? What if FSU and another team leaves the ACC? Does it get UConn? I think so but there’s no clear answer today but those are some of my thoughts my friend – thanks have a good one.