PAT EATON-ROBB,  Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the University of Connecticut is in an enviable position amid the schools involved in major athletic conference shakeups.

Speaking to The Associated Press prior to a building dedication on campus, Malloy said the school will not be left out as the major conferences choose new alliances in the wake of Syracuse and Pittsburgh’s departure from the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“There are clearly people who want UConn in their organizations,” he said, “and I think we’re going to have options.”

University President Susan Herbst says geography and travel time for students are major considerations for her. She said no formal application has been filed with any conference, and the school has not ruled out staying in a reconstituted Big East.

Herbst said she is receiving inquiries from across the country as the school considers which conference might make the best fit, but the timetable for the decision is out of her control.

She said the discussion is about business and alliances, and finding the proper fit, and she does not view it as “seamy.”

UConn is an attractive option, because of its proximity to New York City and proven success in basketball and football.

Last season, the Huskies qualified for their first-ever BCS game, a 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in January.

Three months later, the men’s basketball team won the national championship.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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