Another round of realignment? UConn reportedly leaving AAC
College football fans itching for something new to talk about during the dog days of the offseason may be in luck. We might see some with realignment as UConn is reportedly considering leaving the AAC for the Big East. A group of non-football schools kept the Big East name and brand when the football schools were swallowed up by other conferences during the last round of realignment.
What this means for UConn and the American Athletic Conference is unclear. The Big East does not compete in the FBS. UConn could potentially stay in the AAC as a football-only member, go independent or join another conference such as the MAC or Conference USA.
UConn will join Big East in all sports it sponsors likely in 2020, sources told @Stadium. It’s unknown whether UConn football will remain in AAC, play in another FBS conference – perhaps MAC or C-USA – or go independent, source said. 1st reported by @DigSportsDesk
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 22, 2019
If the AAC replaces UConn as a football member there will likely be some more Group of Five shuffling. It’s unlikely that this would lead to any Power 5 changes, but for diehard college football fans, it’s at least something to follow during the painfully slow summer months.
The free-for-all among schools in C-USA and the Sun Belt to try to take UConn’s spot in the American will be as vicious as anything you’ve ever seen.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 22, 2019
It’s Christmas in June for realignment junkies. https://t.co/pXNaDzz9oj
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 22, 2019
You’ve got to hand to it UConn football coach Randy Edsall for chiming in on Twitter:
— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) June 22, 2019
Sadly, this could be the end of the “great” UCF-UConn rivalry, “The Civil ConFLiCT”:
Does that mean the Civil Conflict is dead?? Say it ain’t so! https://t.co/GR7vwaLG1F
— Connor O’Gara (@cjogara) June 22, 2019
but what about the most important rivalry game in all of college football — the Civil ConFLiCT?
— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) June 22, 2019