STORRS – As many pointed out, UConn included the Big East Tournament in its men’s basketball schedule, even though the Huskies are not eligible to play in it. I asked around Gampel today and found this was no accident or error.
UConn AD Warde Manuel and president Susan Herbst are still hoping to work with Big East presidents and officials to get them to reconsider at some point down the road. It’s a long shot, but UConn is holding out hope. Syracuse was once allowed to play in a league tournament despite an NCAA ban, but more recently, conferences have followed along with the NCAA and not allowed ineligible schools to participate in league tournaments. So it was no surprise in April when the Big East let it be known that UConn would not be part of the Garden party in 2013.
However, this is an unique situation. UConn’s NCAA ban is due to APR scores from 2009-10 and 2010-11. Since UConn’s more recent scores would have made them eligible, if used, one supposes the Big East could choose to look at more recent recent scores and allow UConn to play. I imagine this would be UConn’s case.
Again, this is a longshot. But we simply pass it along – this is why the tournament dates were tacked on to the end of UConn’s schedule.
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