John F. Silver
For how long? That remains to be seen, but there is no escape hatch planned.
In a crushing blow to the athletic program at Connecticut, the ACC voted on Wednesday morning to admit Louisville as the 14th full member of the conference replacing since departed Maryland. The Huskies were the other strong contender for the ACC slot and after being passed off yet again is left in a conference that it no longer wants to be in and doesn’t appear viable.
Here’s the report from ESPN.
The Huskies have let it be known for much of the last year it wants out of the Big East after rounds of expansion are set to bring in nine new football members including Tulane and East Carolina.
The Huskies also have some athletic structural problems. Here’s Yahoo! Sports on why Louisville won out.
Sources said Louisville outmaneuvered the perceived early favorite, Connecticut, in large part because of the school’s overall athletic commitment, the health of its football program and the issues Jim Calhoun left behind in the Huskies’ basketball program. Cincinnati also made a spirited 11th-hour push, sources said.
The Huskies now must regroup and figure out what the next step for its athletic program is. Right now, the Huskies are kicked back into reality with the realization that there is nowhere else to go.