"The University of Connecticut is thrilled with our five new conference members and with the general direction of the BIG EAST Conference," said University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst. "The conference presidents worked together over the past several months to strengthen the league in ways that bring us new and outstanding colleagues with strong athletic traditions.
"We have no concerns about the geographic expansion necessary to move the BIG EAST forward. We welcome it, in fact, and will work on our schedules to minimize travel costs and ensure success for Husky fans and our school. Since UConn is an international university, we see the geographic expansion of the BIG EAST as a way to showcase our academic excellence in an even more sustained way -- far and wide. We look forward to Husky teams playing in different parts of the country, exposing our student-athletes to new regions and new experiences and to broadening our fan base.
"This is a wonderful day, signaling the next chapter in the BIG EAST and UConn is proud to welcome five storied institutions to our exciting conference."