Connecticut Reportedly on the Verge of Joining the ACC

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 09:  University of Connecticut Huskies fans cheer on their team against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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College sports have become America's largest corporate square dance, and it looks like the University of Connecticut will be the latest program joining the hoedown. 

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News reports on UConn's possible conference swap:

Realignment source: UConn to ACC could happen as soon as Tuesday.

— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) November 19, 2012

If the report is accurate, the already-poached Big East could lose two programs on Tuesday, as Rutgers is reportedly set to follow Maryland to the Big Ten. 

While the move to bring in UConn as Maryland's replacement won't do much for the conference's football stature, UConn is certainly a big get for a conference considered one of the strongest in the country in basketball, while further weakening a Big East that already lost Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC.

With those three teams, the addition of UConn and traditional powers already in place like Duke and North Carolina—and let's not forget about strong programs like NC State and Wake Forest—the ACC will undoubtedly become the strongest basketball conference in America.

There was some belief that the ACC might pursue Louisville in the wake of losing Maryland, and that might still be the case, as Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports tweeted:

ACC could move quickly, I'm told. UConn and Louisville are considered clubhouse leaders among the four, per source.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) November 19, 2012

And while those two teams are believed to be favored by the ACC, they aren't the only considerations, according to Fowler:

The ACC is also in talks with South Florida and Cincinnati, according to the source, and could add "pretty quickly." Factors on the decision include geography and television market viability, on-field performance and academic success.

But if Wilner's report holds true, it looks as though the ACC decided its move was to quickly snatch up the Huskies. Enjoy promenading with your new conference, UConn—all the cool schools are doing it these days.


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