The University of Connecticut’s basketball programs could rejoin the Big East Conference as early as the 2020-21 season, multiple outlets reported Saturday.
The Huskies joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013 after more than three decades in the Big East (1979-2013).
Boston-based Digital Sports Desk first reported the news, which was confirmed by the Hartford Courant.
The fate of the Huskies’ struggling football program remains unclear, as the Big East has not sponsored the sport since 2012.
The AAC is “highly unlikely” to retain UConn as a football-only member, according to the Courant. The school would have to find another conference for football in 2020 or operate as an independent.
A UConn spokesperson responded to Saturday’s reports. “It is our responsibility to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our student athletes, our fans and our future,” read the statement. “With that being said we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference.”