I think UConn will end up in the ACC eventually if Notre Dame doesn't. But, if ND doesn't, the ACC is the new Big East. Unfortunately for UConn, it doesn't have a strong TV draw outside it's market, even for basketball. Fans may not realize it, but Hathaway epically screwed the program when he cancelled the series with Notre Dame. You want presence in Manhattan? You want TV appeal that will make conferences do a double-take? Play an annual series with Notre Dame, with every other game in New York City (or w/in its reaches). That seriously was a classic example of putting ego ahead of sense. Of course, UConn didn't realize trouble was brewing on the realignment landscape. But regardless, that is a series that would have landed them in the ACC ahead of Syracuse had they kept it. UConn & Syracuse have very similar valuations. The reason Syracuse went in over UConn is b/c Notre Dame has scheduled a series with them, and they have talked about cancelling one of their Big Ten annual rivalry games to extend it. Syracuse is a carrot. UConn could have been that carrot, but the powers that be thought they were too big to be a carrot. So, now they're stuck in a dying conference that they could have gotten out of.