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UConn officially back in Big East

Dan Hurley, Geno Auriemma, David Benedict

University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley, left, women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, second from left, and athletic director David Benedict, seated foreground, watch the board of trustees vote on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, on the school’s campus in Storrs, Conn., to move most of UConn’s athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference to the Big East. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

AP

UConn is coming home.

On Wednesday, the UConn Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept an offer from the Big East Conference to join the league in all sports offered. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday in New York City where the school and the conference will make their reunification complete.

The move will allow for the Husky men’s and women’s basketball programs to return to a conference that prioritizes the sport and reignites rivalries that were lost five years ago, when UConn opted not to join the new Big East after the seven catholic schools departed.

UConn is expected to join the Big East for the 2020-21 season.

The Big East does not have football or hockey, which means that UConn’s football program will be left without a home. The American is not expected to allow UConn to keep their football team as a member of the league.