When Boston College participated in Big East strategizing sessions in 2003 only to covertly depart for the ACC weeks later, UConn coach Jim Calhoun vowed to the Hartford Courant that he would not renew the rivalry with the Eagles.
"We won't play BC after they leave here," Calhoun said at the time. "I have no desire to play Boston College. Not for the fact that they are leaving but how they did it. I will not play Boston College as long as I'm here."
Lingering resentment at Boston College over harsh comments like that one from Calhoun is apparently part of the reason the Huskies don't have an invitation to the more stable ACC.
According to a story in Saturday's Boston Globe, the ACC originally targeted Syracuse and UConn for its plan to expand to 14 members last month, but it eventually dropped the Huskies in favor of Pittsburgh when Boston College expressed objections. Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo was surprisingly candid ...