The impending departure of Maryland to the Big Ten from the Atlantic Coast Conference, rumored to be followed by Rutgers leaving the Big East to join the Terps, could have a big impact on UConn’s future.
Maryland’s Board of Regents will meet Monday morning to vote whether to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten, a source told ESPN. If Maryland goes, Rutgers is expected to follow as early as Tuesday, giving the Big Ten 14 members.
It also could open a gap in the ACC that UConn might fill, especially with Rutgers out of the picture and the ACC likely not to consider Louisville.
“I don’t think that any one, anymore can talk about their desires [to be in a conference],” Geno Auriemma said. “You can have desire for a lot of things. You can desire to be invited to all the best parties in Connecticut, but if you don’t receive an invitation, you are not going.
“If you sit around waiting for an invitation, then you are doing a disservice to your school, your league and your opponents. I just think that everyone knows that every school in the country, every league in the country [has the same issue]. You go to league meetings and you look at each other in the eye and hope everyone is telling each other the truth.
“Then you go on with the understanding that it can all change tomorrow. Where we are right now is where we [UConn] will play. I have no idea what is going on. I really don’t. I thought this had all died down. This has taken me by surprise, and I am one who tries to keep track of these things.”