Statement From Herbst, Manuel On ACC-UConn

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UConn President Susan Herbst

“I know this may seem like a tough moment for our fans, but we need to focus on the fundamentals of academic success across the university and in our athletic program as well.  We are winners — we win, we like to win and we will continue to play the best possible opponents.  We will be athletically successful, regardless of our conference, because of our successes in NCAA competition.  We will keep building our winning record through the lens of a great university, that focuses on academics, not on the fluid and unpredictable nature of conference realignment.  Again, I realize this is a difficult day, but when we focus on research, discovery, and student success, we’ll never go wrong.”

UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel

“Conference realignment is a prominent national issue in collegiate athletics and will continue to be so into the future.  UConn has established a rich history as a very successful academic and athletic institution.  We understand that because of that UConn will continue to be brought up in the discussion regarding potential schools considered in realignment.

“We have and will continue to monitor the situation regarding conference realignment and work to ensure that UConn is in the best position for the continued success of our athletic programs.  We are proud of the success of our coaches and student-athletes and the tradition that has been established of winning conference and national championships.

“We are proud and appreciative of our great Husky fan base. Husky Nation is strong all over the country and the world. UConn has one of the most captive audiences of any school in the country and we have strong penetration in several of the nation’s largest television markets.”

The UConn men’s basketball program has won three national championships since 1999 – the only school to do so in this time period – and one of just seven programs in the history of the game to win three or more titles.

The UConn football team has made incredible strides since it moved to the FBS in 2002. The Huskies have won two BIG EAST Championships, played in five bowl games – including four over the past five seasons — and became the fastest program to rise from FBS inception to an appearance in a BCS game in history.

The excellence of the women’s basketball program is unparalleled to any school in the country as UConn has won seven national championships and appeared in 13 Finals Fours, including five straight.

Olympics sports programs at UConn are successful and have competed in and won NCAA national championship play in a number of them.

UConn will further enhance its athletic program in the 2013-14 academic year as its men’s ice hockey team begins play in Hockey East, the premier league in the country for that sport. Connecticut will become one of just nine institutions nationally to play men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football and men’s ice hockey in a major conference.


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9 thoughts on “Statement From Herbst, Manuel On ACC-UConn

  1. AlinSC

    My, how far UConn has slid in national sports prominence since the Herbst/Manuel team has taken over there. Despite championships on both the men’s and women’s sides in the past 5 years, other teams in their league, and other leagues in the region don’t seem to want to be associated with UConn. What has happened to cause this?

    1. Walterlinesjr

      you are so right and uconsn going to end up in a 3rd rate crapy confearnce that gets no respect thanks to the snakes from the acc and their vendetta against uconn and herbst/manuel coboe i hate to do it but i might have to end up going for a differant school/team if uconn goes downhill rigth now its all out war on the acc takecare gouconn

  2. Brian

    Its sad to see Manuel following in the footsteps of his AD predecessor with the macho male mentality. The Lady Huskies BB teamshave outperformed their male counterparts athletically without question ( 7 titles ) and academically are in the top tier. Did the mens football team ever win a national championship or even come close? The mens BB teams academically were a joke, yet this is the first team sport Manuel mentions. Its suprising that he had the nerve to mention them at all given the ban that has been imposed. Give the ladies a break Manuel!

  3. robert

    In terms of women’s BB, UConn will be leaving the strongest conference in the country and to play for a mid-major. Last year 7 teams other than UConn went to NCAA tournament, and 4 of those are leaving. None of the teams coming in to the conference made the tourney (SD State and Navy made it as conference champs, but they are joining BE for football only). New Big East is no better than the A-10. Everyone who thinks this won’t be a serious long-term drain on Geno’s program is kidding themself, without a major conference affiliation. With Geno not having a contract after this year, you have to be wondering if he will not be open to opportunities elsewhere or how he will respond if an ACC school waves an enormous paycheck at him.

  4. Jake

    Our overpaid executives can’t offer much in their comments. It’s not that they didn’t want an invitation, it’s we didn’t get one. *&IROIG@(*FO@)Q$&Q%@#$&_Q_% and anything else i can think of. Big East was once respected. ACC has raided. Our UConn white flags were ignored.
    Sad situation.

  5. Walterlinesjr

    btway they say its all about football but uconn football won at louisville last weekend its all about the acc has a stupid vendetta ahainst uconn they need to get over but the snakes in the acc will never tell the truth and i wouldnt be shokced if theyre racists takecare gouconn

  6. Austin

    One win doesnt prove anything. im a die hard uconn fan. ive had season tickets for football since the rent opened and uconn didnt get that invite because louisville is better. Period. their football program is historically better and their basketball team will be better in the near future. maybe if uconn domminates the now horrible big east in football and basketball and wins the campionship the next 2 years then the acc will reconsider. its not about a grudge or anything else, uconn has not proven itself yet in football (the sport that makes all the money) but its been 10 years, give it time, sucess will come and when it does you can be sure the acc or the big 10 will come calling

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