Calhoun: We’re Members of the Big East for 3 Years, Guaranteed

Coach Calhoun speaks on possible switch to ACC.


Hundreds of people attended the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Monday to hear what UConn Head Men’s basketball Coach Jim Calhoun had to say, especially about the school’s future after a shakeup in the Big East.

“We're members of the Big East for the next three years, guaranteed, we could be members for life time,” Calhoun told NBC Connecticut before the breakfast. “Things could happen over the next couple of weeks, let’s put it that way. Whatever (UConn President) Susan (Herbst) says, we'll go with that.”
Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced last month they will leave the conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Over the weekend, the presidents and chancellors of the 14 remaining Big East members and TCU authorized Commissioner John Marinatto to "aggressively pursue discussions" with certain schools interested in joining the league.

Gov, Dannel Malloy has confirmed that UConn is interested in joining Pitt and Syracuse in the ACC if it expands further.

Brian O'Connor, a UConn fan, said he thinks “reaffirmation of staying in the Big East is probably only the best scenario right now. … If they had their wish, the ACC conference (is) basically dictating that decision.”

Calhoun said he is focused on having a good season.

“Whoever the teams are, line them up and we'll play,” he said.

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