The press conference had come to an end inside Reed Arena on Sunday afternoon when UConn's Geno Auriemma leaned up against the wall and waited for the four Connecticut reporters who made the trip down to College Station, Texas to begin to fire away.
I happened to be the first one to make my way over to him and when I asked him about the rumors that Maryland and Rutgers will be leaving the ACC and Big East for the Big 10 and word that UConn is atop the pecking order to replace Maryland in the ACC, Auriemma admitted that all of this really stunned him.
"Where does this come from, does anybody know?" Auriemma said. "Believe me, I have no idea where all of this comes from and who initiates all of this. I have heard it all but now the last couple of years."
He was later asked more about the possibility that the Huskies could be heading for the ACC and any possible desires the university has to leave the Big East in favor of the ACC,
"I don't think anybody anymore can talk about desires'" Auriemma said. "You can desire a lot of things. You can desire to get invited to a lot of parties in Connecticut but if you don't get invited, you ain't going and if you sit around waiting for an invite you are doing a disservice to your school and which ever league you are in and your opponents. I think everybody knows right now that every school in the country, every league in the country, you go to meetings, you look each other in the eye, you tell each other the truth and you go on from there with the understanding that it could change tomorrow. Where we are right now is where we are going to play. I have no idea what is going on. I thought it had all died down for a while and for this to come out right now, it kind of took me by surprise."
With conferences seemingly going after teams based more on geography and the television markets they could help bring in, I guess the Maryland and Rutgers moves make a little bit of sense. However, just where is Maryland football and/or basketball in the priority list for sports fans in the Washington, D.C. area? Just where does Rutgers football and/or basketball reside in terms of importance in the New York city sports world? I'm not really sure that either Maryland or Rutgers is going to captivate the public enough in either major market to make it worth all of us. At the same time, I guess UConn to the ACC would help in terms of trying to make inroads in the Boston and New York markets but it seems more like a case of the Huskies being the best of who is left to poach from the very unstable Big East.
I saw a tweet that UConn to the ACC could happen as early as tomorrow. I have not been able to confirm that yet but certainly this latest batch of rumors is a little stronger than just idle speculation. The ACC has already released a statement on the departure of Maryland to the Big 10 and could one be far behind from the Big East regarding Rutgers?