Yesterday, I asked Dan Canavan to weigh in on my post regarding the ACC’s snub of UConn. My basic argument was that UConn, and in particular UConn football, is undervalued by the ACC. Here’s what Dan had to say:
I’m not persuaded by the arguments that UConn has recently experienced success in football. As Jeff Jacobs wrote today “…make no mistake that the karmic rush of beating Notre Dame in 2009 and getting to the Fiesta Bowl has ended. And UConn football needs to get it back in the worst way.”
It is irrelevant how quickly the UConn football program got off the ground a few years ago under a different head coach. (By the way, Randy Edsall’s decision to leave couldn’t look better right now. He’ll soon be in the Big 10 and UConn just got demoted out of the BCS). Although UConn has produced some NFL talent, I would imagine it is on par with other Big East schools.
I look at it this way: UConn football is getting worse in probably the least competitive football conference. There is no guarantee that their men’s basketball program will be what it has been going forward due to the coaching change. Meanwhile Louisville is presently ranked top ten in basketball and top 25 in football. Although most reports have argued that the ACC’s decision was purely about football, I am also curious if facilities were an issue at all. Louisville has a great new arena, and the XL Center is on its last legs. In addition, Gampel Pavilion was built in 1990. The football program has a great practice facility and fundraising is underway for a new basketball practice facility, but I’m not sure how this compares to Louisville.
The bottom line is that UConn is stuck in the Big East, which now has 12 former Conference USA schools. After promising matchups against Notre Dame and Michigan, it looks like UConn joined Conference USA.