UConn is working toward a departure from the American Athletic Conference and is expected to accept an invitation to rejoin the Big East once it is offered, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday.
The two people, who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planned move, said UConn is expected to join the Big East in all sports except football.
Many details of the departure remain unclear, however — including the future plans for UConn's football program. The American is unlikely to allow the Huskies to remain in the league as a football-only member.
"It is our responsibility to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our student athletes, our fans and our future," UConn said in a statement. "With that being said, we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference."
Big East spokesperson John Paquette said the conference had no comment, and a spokesperson for the American did not immediately reply to a text message seeking comment.
UConn was a founding member of the Big East in 1979 and became one of its marquee programs, thanks in large part to the success of its basketball programs. The Huskies won three men's basketball titles and eight women's hoops titles as a member of the Big East until its split in 2013.
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