WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The presidents of the schools in the Greater East accepted on Monday an invitation to UConn to resume the conference on basketball and other sports, a source told ESPN's Jeff Borzello.
UConn A meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Wednesday if the invitation is to be accepted, and an announcement from the Greater East is expected on Thursday morning.
"I know a little bit about it, I think it could be a great thing for the state," said Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut, to reporters at an independent press conference on Monday. "Let's be honest: UConn, especially UConn basketball, we can compete with anyone, we are ready to give the best, let's see how the negotiations are going."
The voting result was first reported on Monday by CBS Sports.
The UConn women's basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, warned that the expected change meant no return to the glory days of the ancient Great East, noted that the conference was not identical to schools like Notre Dame and Louisville.
"It's like you're going back to your hometown, but the block where you lived and half the city is gone." He said. "It's not the same."
Auriemma said his team's success never depends on what conference it is in, and he sees that will not change.
The UConn women have never lost to an opponent of the American Athletic Conference. in the regular season and at six conference tournaments with 1
The AAC's Articles of Association provide that UConn will pay a withdrawal fee of $ 10 million and terminate it 27 months in advance. But the conditions for the departure were still negotiated on Monday.
UConn is expected to spend at least another season in the AAC before it moves, and junior Megan Walker said it will be a priority to maintain this spotless record. She said that the huskies understand that the other teams in the league have even more motivation to beat them.
"Ever since I arrived at the University of Connecticut, we've always been the black hats, the bad guys," she said. If I did not want this challenge, we would not be here at this university, I'm looking forward to leaving the conference or whatever, whatever conference we're in, I'm looking forward to playing. " 19659002] According to Auriemma, business trips to Tulsa and Tulane will help the school with games at St. John's and Villanova's when it comes to finances and selling fan interests. UConn currently has a deficit of more than $ 40 million in its sports division.
Auriemma is not sure what this step means for the future of UConn's football program. However, the coach said he can foretell a day when all schools, not just UConn, will have multiple conference attendances, whichever is best for each sport. UConn plays hockey in Hockey East and has maintained his Big East membership in field hockey and lacrosse.
Auriemma also challenged UConn fans, many of whom, he noted, have been calling on the Huskies for six years to rejoin the Big East to bolster their preference by playing more games.
"If this happens, there will be 16,000 more each night at the XL Center," Auriemma said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.