Mailbag Nov.24: Why Are Susan Herbst And Warde Manuel Being So Quiet About Realignment?

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Q: Des,  is there any reason why Susan Herbst and Ward Manuel are being so quiet about realignment? A year ago Mrs. Herbst was all over the news and even sent out a letter to all alumni. Heck even the Governor jumped in. UConnJack, Wolcott.

A: Unless there’s an invitation from a conference to speak about I’m not sure how much there is to say UConnJack. Since this alignment stuff started I’ve said all along schools don’t just go to a conference. They have to be invited. Some didn’t want to believe it, of course, but that’s how it works. For your viewing pleasure, ere, through our own John Altavilla and his interview with Manuel, you should be able to get a better understanding of where things are. I know you’re impatient. Impatience is a popular word around here these days but UConn, Herbst and Manuel have done all the selling of their product you can imagine here but keep in mind: they can only do and say so much. The ball is not in their court when it comes to realignment. When/if it is I’m pretty sure they won’t be silent. Until then, UConn is in the Big East, where, if it has to remain, has friends, if you know what I mean?


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4 thoughts on “Mailbag Nov.24: Why Are Susan Herbst And Warde Manuel Being So Quiet About Realignment?

  1. John

    How about Gov. Malloy call up ESPN and say “since I just gave you millions (like they really need it) as part of the First Five, and you control who the ACC invites for their conference, let’s make sure that UCONN is the next one in.” We can call it “Next One In.”

  2. RST

    My guess is that too much selling creates the wrong impression and is very counterproductive. Personally I trust Malloy, Herbst, and Manuel to say and do the right things — even though at the end of the day they might not produce the desired result due to factors beyond their control. That is a pretty good team of advocates.

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