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UConn AD denies Catholic 7, Big West rumors

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09:54 AM ET 01.12 | Big East administrators met through the day Friday in Dallas to try to figure out the next steps for the conference. One report, from former Boston Globe reporter Mark Blaudschun, had UConn and Cincinnati going with the Catholic 7 in all sports but football, then possibly going to the Mountain West in football. That was quickly dismissed by UConn athletic director Warde Manuel. Through a school spokesman, Manuel said UConn has not had any conversations with the Catholic 7 or the Mountain West. Manuel also said UConn is committed to its football program and its other sports playing in the same conference. Reached later Friday evening, Manuel said, "We've never had a conversation. Our intent is to work with the remaining members of the Big East and the current members coming in. That's been our intent all along. We have not had a conversation with any other group, any other conference, period. I have not had any conversations."

Hartford Courant

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January 12, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Finally, the Domers have a conference they can call their own. Notre Dame could be the anchor school.

ND is going into the Acc for all sports except football and hockey.

January 12, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Now, if we only get some of the Protestant colleges to consolidate, we could have a real donnybrook.

Yes, and it could be the Baptists against the Catholics and throw in the Mormons and the Jews. It would be great because the Baptists hate everyobody.

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January 12, 2013  10:56 PM ET
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You obviously don't get my wry sense of humor. Aside from that, you, BS, are right on top of things. ;)

ISWYDT Good one,GTH

January 12, 2013  11:04 PM ET

The Catholic 7 could be good men's basketball conference

January 12, 2013  11:58 PM ET

The Catholic 7?! WTFjj is THAT?

Wonder how people would react to The Muslim 12 Conference? Or, better yet, how 'bout The Atheist 10? Yeah, I like the sound of that one. Anyone else?

January 13, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Frankly, the seven rebellious schools ARE the Big East and deserve to take that name with them. The football addicted PTBs that run the Remains Conference can come up with another name.

 
January 13, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Still think the ACC should want to have ESPN's hometown university in their conference.

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