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Jon Rothstein: The Big East would take UConn in all sports

More smoke to the realignment fire.

NCAA Basketball: Tulane at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Rothstein continues to stoke the UConn-Big East fire, this morning reporting that the Big East (to really no surprise) would take the Connecticut Huskies in for all sports other than football.

And they’re actively talking!

“The Big East would take UConn in everything, but they need to resolve what they’re going to do with football,” one source said. “That’s the only thing that’s standing in the way of a marriage.”

The Big East’s John Paquette denied that any talks have taken place, per ZagsBlog.

This really shouldn’t come as any surprise, and as we discussed ad nauseum the last time smoke went up, the Huskies’ football program is the big obstacle. But it makes sense for a lot of reasons on both sides, namely having a potential positive financial and on-court impact for the conference’s flagship men’s basketball competition.

And if you’re in the eff ‘em camp, remember that the Catholic 7 left UConn — the Huskies did not leave the Big East. All they did was look at all their options as they tried to protect their Power 5 status (something that Villanova explored too back in the famed FBS evaluation days!). Back then, it was the smart thing to do.

Personally, I’m hoping this happens.