You know I never really ever disagreed with you and I thought they should kill the program a few times. And by no means are they out of the woods but this season was a good start and it’s a good season. And if I was a little younger I would have joined the other 50 JOBU was talking about in rushing the field. ButWell, they were good and they were drawing crowds when they were members of the Big East, had an ESPN contract, and had a path to a big time bowl game. That's not to say they can't be good again -- god knows they can be better than they are now -- but their past success came in a totally different situation and needs to be disregarded when setting future expectations. That's why I asked what a good football season looks like, because they're not going to another Fiesta Bowl with the current set up. They don't even have a bad bowl tie-in, let alone a good one.
Great season, no question. Happy for the UConn fans here.You know I never really ever disagreed with you and I thought they should kill the program a few times. And by no means are they out of the woods but this season was a good start and it’s a good season. And if I was a little younger I would have joined the other 50 JOBU was talking about in rushing the field. But
I only followed them the past few seasons because we know one of the players - Jackson Mitchell is from Ridgefield and we are friends of his parents. But the turnaround starting mid-season is simply amazing. My only hope is they keep Mora long enough to change the recruiting profile of the program.Hoops, hockey, baseball, and Mora has bright the football program back from the dead. The athletic dept. is firing on all cylinders right now.
Nice list BJ but one small correction we only made it to the Super regional last year one game away from CWS.Football very much on the rise.
Women's hoops: awesome as always (though they've dealt with so many injuries it's not even funny; so has the football team of course).
Men's hoops: looking fantastic, the program is very much on the rise.
Volleyball: great season, made it to the conference semis.
T&F: won the Big East championships last year, both men's and women's.
Baseball: made it to the College World Series.
Field hockey: always very good, lost in the conference championship.
Men's hockey: top 20 program.
Women's hockey: currently 11-6-2 and are very solid.
Women's soccer: lost in the conference championship on PKs.
Softball: 38-18 last year and lost to Villanova in the conference championship.
That's a whole lot of winning, both at the conference level and nationally. UConn athletics is in very good shape right now.
I saw them play outdoors maybe 10 years ago and maybe you can tell me the deal; was this right before they got full scholarships for the team or something like that. They have been pretty legit since then.While we await the PKI final games tomorrow, the men's hockey team is playing Cornell at MSG tonight at 8, ESPN+ should have the game. This team is legit. For anyone who's not already, now's a good time to get on the wagon (or in this case the Ice Bus).
Yea, so 2011 was the year I graduated and they were definitely not a scholarship team at that point. They were in the Atlantic Hockey conference playing at that little rink on campus as a pretty mediocre team. I think it was in the 2013-2014 time frame when they moved to Hockey East, became a scholarship team, and hired Mike Cavanaugh as their head coach. And at that point they started playing their games at the XL Center.I saw them play outdoors maybe 10 years ago and maybe you can tell me the deal; was this right before they got full scholarships for the team or something like that. They have been pretty legit since then.
edit: it was Feb 2011, man I am getting old at an increasing rate it seems.
They also do have some decent opponents in Big East play. Creighton and Villanova are both ranked in the Top 25 right now, and Marquette looks like a solid team that just beat #19 Texas and took #20 UCLA to overtime. They could very well be sneaking into the rankings soon. UConn plays each of those teams twice.The women's non conference schedule is ridiculous. It includes 7 games against top 25 teams.
#3 Texas (W)
#10 NC State (W)
#9 Iowa (W)
#7 Notre Dame
#1 South Carolina
Granted, their conference schedule isn't super difficult, which is why Geno plays all these tough non conference opponents, but still, it's amazing - he ducks absolutely nobody.
UConn men are up to #8 in this week's AP poll after that unbelievable performance this past weekend up in Portland. They are deeper and more talented than any UConn team IMO since their 05-06 #1 seeded team. That includes the national title winning team in 2014. Sanogo is an All-American candidate. Hawkins is one of the best scorers in the conference. Andre Jackson is a swiss army knife guy who would be starting for most any other team(he may end up starting soon if Allenye continues to struggle). Tristan Newton is a dynamic PG who can score and dish. Karaban and Clingan are really good freshmen. They have a good shot to enter BE play undefeated(vs. Oklahoma State Thursday, at Florida 12/7, vs. LIU 12/10) in mid-December. In BE play, they start with at Butler and home Georgetown so those should be wins too. It starts to get interesting after that with a home game against Villanova on 12/28 and at Xavier on NYE.
Yeah regular season.That’s kind of crazy. Really shows the dominance of the lady huskies team. Guessing that final poll rankings weren’t included? The mens team won a natty in 2011 while the women didn’t. They must have been ranked higher in that final poll?
I have no problem with this. I’m wondering whether a P5 would want UConn; that’s a different question than whether it would be a good thing. Seems like things are going fine at the moment. Football independent is not a big deal imo.So I'll preface this by saying I recognize this take is completely irrational and may meander into deranged territory. But honestly, no thanks fuck them. B1G, ACC, the whole lot of them, I'm fine sticking with the Big East and letting football find a niche as our fun little independent team. I will always hold a grudge over conference realignment and the decimation of the old Big East and I don't want to be part of it.
The schadenfreude of being a top ten basketball team and sticking it to the "Power 5" schools in the tournament, is more valuable and nourishing to my soul than to join the B1G and schools we have no real ties to so we can be National TV Check Cashing Champions. Besides, when Rutgers went to the B1G, UConn was a winning school, it was before the Ollie era went sour and wrecked the program. It was never about getting the best programs.
The answer is no, a P5 does not want UConn. Football drives the bus, and UConn football is not in a position to add enough value to a power conference so that slicing the pie one more way will pay off for everyone else.I’m wondering whether a P5 would want UConn; that’s a different question than whether it would be a good thing.