Boston College Football: Connecticut Governor Wants Eagles and Huskies to Play
Earlier in the week, we talked about some of the rivalry series' that we would like to see renewed from around the country in light of Penn State and Pitt agreeing to pick up games in 2016 and 2017. One game that we left off the list was the UConn and Boston College series.
The two most prominent schools in New England discontinued their series when the Eagles moved to the ACC in 2005. This move was hotly contested as the Huskies filed a lawsuit against the new ACC school. In return for the suing, Boston College pushed to block UConn from even being considered by the ACC during the most recent round of expansion.
Well, it seems Connecticut's governor is extending the olive branch. From an interview with the Associated Press, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy:
"The reality is that time has the ability to heal all wounds, and hopefully we move forward," Malloy said. "Economically, it makes great sense. The schools are 80 miles apart. Instead of a plane trip, it's a bus ride. We should be doing more of that, not less."
The man makes a great point. Boston College's closest conference games are trips to Maryland and Virginia. That's eight hours to College Park, MD and 10.5 hours to Charlottesville, VA. With divisional opponents even further south in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, the Eagles could use some travel relief.
Now, I know what the big national people are thinking: Who cares? In the big landscape that is college football, the Boston College-UConn rivalry is not something that registers as even a blip on the proverbial radar. Neither of them has been much of a national player of late and they aren't exactly big draws at the television set.
However, in the region, this game would be a solid move. It is up to both teams to bury the hatchet. Get back together on the gridiron in order to give their regional recruits something to look forward to and provide at least one game of relief from a travel schedule that sends both teams to the airport more often than not.
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