Big East commissioner Mike Aresco, speaking at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce breakfast, said that will not happen.
UConn has been barred from postseason play this season by the NCAA for failing to meet NCAA academic standards, but has since improved and was hoping that while it would not be eligible for the NCAA Tournament, it might be allowed to play in the Big East tournament. UConn AD Susan Herbst was one person trying to change that.
"As everyone knows, we do not agree with the retroactive punishment of the current team," Herbst said in December. "Our APR [Academic Progress Rate] is fabulous now. In 2010-2011 it was 978. The 2011-2012 APR doesn't get announced until June, but it's going to be right in that same area. Obviously, we've turned the program around. Our current kids, as with our national championship team in 2011, are not an issue. They've done what they needed to do academically. They didn't cause the problem.
"We definitely feel we should be in the Big East tournament. Not only have our students earned it, we think it's a great moment for camaraderie and solidarity for the Big East. We've taken our losses. We're moving on. We want to build a strong conference. UConn has been vital to it since the start. We want to make that tournament a success, and I think we're needed there."
Last March, the Big East presidents agreed conceptually that any team in any sport that was ruled ineligible for NCAA postseason play would likewise not be able to play in conference championships. The policy was voted on and adopted at the annual presidents meeting Nov. 13 in Chicago.
"No, that's over for this year," Aresco said Monday of the Big East tournament. "They won't be in this year's tournament. But we welcome them the following year. ... By the way, [Herbst] wasn't there when all this happened and they've corrected everything. They've got a terrific AD [Warde Manuel] now. They're doing much better. It's one of those things. It happened. It's something they have to get through."