Big East speeds up UConn football initiation
[ Originally posted 07.10.03 ]
NEWARK, NJ (AP)
Connecticut will become a full-time football member of the Big East
Conference next year, and the league won't add any new schools before the
were made after meetings of presidents and athletic directors of the Big
East's football playing schools.
reaffirmed its commitment to remain a strong and highly competitive I-A
conference,'' Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said Thursday. ``We
formally moved up the timeline for integrating Connecticut into our
schedules as one of the league's full-time playing members for the 2004
With Miami and
Virginia Tech off to the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning with the 2004
season, the Big East will have seven football-playing schools one short of
the required eight needed by the 2005 season to remain a I-A conference.
Temple will drop
out of the Big East after the 2004 season, leaving the Big East to add two
new members to retain its I-A conference status.
``We agreed that
any new member or members would not be invited to begin participation before
the 2005-2006 season,'' Tranghese said.
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