Report: UConn, Boston College to begin football series in 2016

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(WTNH)–The UConn-Boston College rivalry will soon resume, at least on the football field, according to a report from the Hartford Courant’s Desmond Conner.

The Courant reported Tuesday that UConn and BC will play four games, beginning next season at Chestnut Hill and 2017 at Rentschler Field.

The Huskies and Eagles will also play in 2022 and 2023.

Despite the potential for a rivalry, the two schools have only met 12 times in their history. They haven’t played since 2004, when BC crushed the Huskies, 27-7, at home. Back then, UConn was a fledgling Division 1-A (now FBS) program looking to make its mark in the big-time Big East.

Boston College, on the other hand, bolted for the ACC the next year.

Hard feelings over BC’s move were one of the main reasons the two schools haven’t played each other in the 11 years since. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a lawsuit in 2003, alleging that Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo and ACC commissioner John Swofford conspired to “destroy” the Big East. Blumenthal alleged that the school worked behind closed doors with the University of Miami, which also bolted, and wasn’t forthright with the rest of its fellow Big East members.

The Eagles beat the Huskies, 27-7, in their last meeting in 2004. (Charles Krupa / AP)
The Eagles beat the Huskies, 27-7, in their last meeting in 2004. (Charles Krupa / AP)

Back in 2004, then-BC head coach Tom O’Brien said he couldn’t forsee the Eagles playing the Huskies again.

“There’s no reason to play someone who sues us,” he said. “A lot of hard feelings have come from UConn towards us. Why would we want to play them?”

The rivalry also died in basketball, as the two schools didn’t meet for nine years between 2004 and 2013. Huskies coach Jim Calhoun vowed to never play the Eagles again after they left the Big East.

“I wasn’t upset with BC. I was upset with decisions made, behind the scenes,” Calhoun said in 2013. “In 2005, a lot of us kind of had to hold the thing together. They were a verbal, ‘Yes, we want to hold this thing together. But what they were saying and what was going on, not through the school itself but from the athletic department, wasn’t necessarily fact.”

UConn played Boston College in men’s basketball again in 2013, as part of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.

BC is 10-0-2 all-time against Connecticut in football.

UMass, which was scheduled to play the football Huskies next year, had to rearrange its plans to make this happen. They’ll now play UConn in East Hartford in 2018 and 2020, while the Huskies will make a trip to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, in 2019 and 2021.

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