UConn Athletics In A Shifting Environment
UConn's Susan Herbst and Warde Manuel on athletics and conference realignment.
The tragedy in Newton has consumed our lives for the last several days. We’ll continue to have that conversation - as Connecticut attempts to heal. But today, we welcome in two guests to talk about something that many people in our state turn to as a relief - a respite - and a place to gather: Sports.
The University of Connecticut has been built into a top academic and research institution - but nobody will deny that its national prominence is fueled in large part by its successful sports programs.
UConn’s men's and women’s basketball teams have won a combined 10 national titles, and is one of the strongest brands in college sports.
But the changing landscape of conference affiliation has left our flagship university at a crossroads. Still a member of a diminished Big East conference - left out, so far of expansion by more lucrative conference deals - so what’s the future for UConn sports...and more importantly, how can the university, which brings so many together for big time basketball and football, help people in Connecticut through this tough time?