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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242557

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To me the issue is not what we think, but what BE Presidents, Administration & Fox folks think. I personally would leave things as they are, but suspect making the pie bigger in coming years will equate to more $$ & sway the argument in favor of expansion. In that case, who to offer acceptance will be the challenge.
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242558

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The division of opinion on this topic is interesting.

My vote (if I had one) is that I would be thrilled to have UConn and Cincy back in the BE. It would add one team each to the east and midwest divisions, and they are both solid basketball programs with BE history (obviously more so for UConn). Obviously there would have to be some significant provision to prevent football-based conference jumping, we're all done with that. But assuming that hurdle could be resolved, I think it would be great for the conference.

None of which means that I do not absolutely positively hate UConn and its fans. But that shouldn't have anything to do with a good business decision for the league.
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242565

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L J S A wrote:
McGarry2 wrote:
L J S A wrote:
At the very least, we should make them sweat it out. Invite Dayton, St. Mary's, Gonzaga, and Wichita State, and then sit on 14 for a couple of years. And then leak a list of the final two potential candidates that doesn't have UConn's name on it.

Put St. Louis on it, VCU, Davidson, and some completely random school that has no chance whatsoever.

Day one in, day two looking to get into one of the Big 5

Yeah, I don't trust them either but starting to get the feeling UConn 2.0 is inevitable.

The conference should make them agree to a $100 million escape penalty.[/quote

Question if 100 million would be enforceable
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242569

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If it should ever happen, never mind an exit penalty. How about a very large ENTRANCE fee.
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242572

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According to the article "Sources have told FanRag Sports that UConn has consistently looked into joining the Big East as a basketball only member as long as it could find another home for its football program". I thought they were looking to bring their entire sports program back except for Football.

I would hate a 20 game season. 18 is a nice number, play some national games and a tournament and play a few cupcakes.

The BE who do not have a FBS football program (includes Villanova anf Gtown who have football programs) did not want anything to with the schools that did when reforming the league so since UConn was not going to de-emphasize let along abandon their football program, they were out of the BE period. They didn't up and leave like Pittsburgh, WV, Cuse, RU and before them Miami, Va Tech and BC. Now would they have they been given an offer by the ACC or the Big 10, no doubt, but that didn't happen.

If they were to be added, you definitely need to have a stipulation that they can't leave for x number of years and after that it would cost them $x they could if they pay $X amount ($50M or more) as an exit fee first. And then I would add another midwest team and make two conferences. Play home and home against your conference and 3 home and 3 away against the other six. given you 16 games. Or, 4 games home and 4 games away (play 4 teams once and play the other two home and home and switch up the teams you play home and home every year so after 3 years all six teams in the other division has played you home and home once).giving you the same 18 games you have now.
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242586

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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242589

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I'll put it this way. I'd love uconn back, but not just to park basketball. We aren't a holdover league. That's what Uconn wants. That doesn't jive with me. Our members need to be invested in our conference. That unfortunately will be unlikely with uconn who is still looking only at football.

Would I love uconn here? Certainly. But only with full investment in all sports, except football of course. Huge penalty to leave etc. not in its current form. We don't gain much as is.
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242591

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Boo Harvey wrote:
I would think playing two additional conference games would put the league at a disadvantage come tournament time. It would provide an additional two games for the teams to beat up on one another.

Personally, I love the idea of adding UConn to the conference provided they face a significant buyout penalty. Love them or hate them, UConn is an upper tier program with a tremendous following. Adding them would only enhance the prestige of the league, which should ultimately redound to our benefit.

The article does mention that the ACC is going to 20 league games during the 2019-2020 season, so maybe this will be more of a norm.
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UConn Still Shopping ? 1 month 3 weeks ago #242592

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My stipulations would be monster exit fee and that they have to take Bill Deblasio
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