I was able to catch up with UConn President Susan Herbst Tuesday afternoon on the Storrs campus. She was attending a press conference to celebrate a new building project on campus (FYI, if you’re an alum and ever had a class in Arjona or Monteith, you’d be both proud and jealous of the new digs) and was gracious enough to speak for a minute about the Huskies’ place in the conference upheaval going on now. You can read the story here, and below are a few of her comments:
— Herbst emphasized the importance of geography in conference affiliation but then said it can’t be the end-all, be-all any more. She was asked if her stance on geography takes a possible merge with the Big 12 off the table.
“No. It’s more that we’re going to have to make it work wherever we land and wherever this settles,” Herbst said. “If it’s a reconstituted Big East that has some pretty far away places, we’re just going to have to figure out our schedules so that our student athletes don’t miss too much class. We have to figure out a way to get them supported with technology and travel so they can manage the longer trips.
“The regional constraint is over,” Herbst added. “It’s been leaking that way for a while but now we have to rethink the game and practice schedules to work around it.”
Late this afternoon came word that the Big East’s remaining “football” teams are going to meet tonight in New York. Presidents and AD’s Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Rutgers, UConn and West Virginia (and possibly TCU) will meet for what source called a “relatively informal” talk about the future.