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Kevin Duffy: Where does UConn go from here

Published 9:23 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Where does UConn go from here? A look at possible scenarios, from most desirable to least:

ACC: After a year of drama, things could work out just fine if a vacancy opens up in the ACC. Florida State has been rumored to desire a spot in the Big 12. There were also rumors floating last week that George Tech could make the leap to the Big 10. If that ever materializes, UConn could be next in line. Then again, the ACC could spurn the Huskies for Cincinnati. It's already happened once.

Likelihood: Low.

Big 10: If the league wants Rutgers, it has to want UConn, right? The Big 10, currently at 14 teams, could push for 16. In that case, though, it's far more likely that the conference poaches from the ACC. And that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for UConn. It could open up a spot for the Huskies.

Likelihood: Even lower than ACC.

Join the seven Catholic schools and stay "football-only" in Big East: This seems like a decent situation. UConn can still face its basketball rivals -- plus a few other legitimate additions (VCU, Butler and Xavier are rumored) -- and keep a spot in a football conference with BCS tie-ins. But why would the Big East, desperate for a basketball power, let the Huskies stay for football if they took other sports elsewhere?

Likelihood: Low, but not impossible.

Stay put: Although the Catholic Seven basketball league will be more competitive than the Big East, neither is a power conference. Maintaining the Huskies' status as a top 10 program will be a tall task for Kevin Ollie. On the football side, as bleak as the Big East is, at least it offers decent bowl access. Going to the MAC or becoming an independent for football simply isn't an option.

Likelihood: High.

-- KEVIN DUFFY