Return of the Big Dogs to The Big East
Updated: Jan 16
The University of Connecticut’s 2020-21 NCAA Basketball season began with no fans in the stands and a lot of uncertainly because of the Covid pandemic. But none of that mattered as the UConn Huskies are finally back home, in the Big East.
Big East had started as a 7-team basketball only conference called the Catholic 7. By the 2013 college season, the league was 16 teams deep and dominated by football. The Big East wanted their identity back and the non-football playing schools formed a non-football playing conference that retains the Big East Conference name. UConn was pushed out by league, even though it was one of the original members because it wanted to retain the football program. They were moved to the American Athletic Conference (The American) and nothing was the same.
UConn ironically won the March Madness as a 7th seed, led by Kemba Walker, the next year to capture their 4th title in 15 years. But it was off to basketball hell as they only made the tourney once after the 4th title, Kevin Ollie was fired as the school was under NCAA investigation. UConn was going nowhere, then they hired Dan Hurley. In his first year, they show promise with a 19-12 record before the season ended for the pandemic. The dogs found their bark.
Then the news of a possible reunion with the Big East came. UConn was officially welcomed back in the Big East. The move was announced and became official until July 1st. The Huskies are back in the conference they helped build and had so many memorable games in the tourney. From Marshall to Allen to Hamilton to Butler to Gordon to Okafor to Walker, we were the best team in a conference of star player and coaches. And now we are home, let the good times roll!