If you think Geno Auriemma is worried about how his program will be impacted by relocation to this yet-to-be-named league or conference – The Buffet 12 – I urge you to reconsider.
‘Everyone is having a heart attack about conference realignment and the catholic schools leaving. It’s painful,” Auriemma said. “You have to say goodbye to Georgetown, who was really, really good, and Villanova, who has been good. And then they took a bunch of other schools that wished they were good.
“We now have created another league, which still has no name. But I am telling you, the new league will be whatever UConn makes of it because we are going to be the dominant team in that league, whether its football, basketball, track and field or whatever.
“It doesn’t matter. We are going to do for this new league what’s we’ve been able to for the Big East for the last 10 or 15 years.
“And then, whatever happens will happen. But we will not sit here and cry about it. We will not moan and groan about what we used to have and don’t [have] anymore. What we are going to do is win games, win championships and the fans are all going to be a part of it, just like always.
“So I’m urging everyone not to get all crazy about what league we are in or not in. Let’s just be the best we can be in whatever league we play.”
As for the recruiting, Auriemma said he expects there to be none, whether the Huskies stay in the new league or eventually leave for the ACC.
“It means nothing,” Auriemma said. “I haven’t had one kid on my team come to me and say, ‘Coach, now that Providence and Seton Hall aren’t here anymore, I don’t want to be, either.’ And I don’t think that is going to happen with our program or the men’s program. We are going forward.”