The UConn football teamâ€™s fall schedule, assuming Huskies are allowed to play a full contingent of games given COVID-19 restrictions, lost two opponents Thursday.
The Big Tenâ€™s decision to have its member schools play only conference games in 2020, means UConnâ€™s games against Illinois and Indiana will be taken off the schedule. The Huskies were slated to play at the Illini Sept. 12, and were supposed to host the Hoosiers Sept. 26 in East Hartford.
Itâ€™s unclear if other conferences will follow the Big Tenâ€™s lead in this decision. Itâ€™s also unclear, given the coronavirus pandemic, whether there will be a 2020 college football season.
The Huskies are about to begin the first season as an independent after departing the American Athletic Conference following a seven-year stint.
UConn Athletic Director David Benedict pointed out that the loss of the Indiana and Illinois games would have occurred whether the football program was in a conference or not.
â€śIt is important to note that these cancellations have nothing to do with UConnâ€™s decision last spring to become an independent FBS program,â€ť Benedict said in a statement. â€śBoth games were on the 2020 schedule before the decision was made and would have impacted UConn in the same manner, whether independent or not.â€ť
Should the college football season consist of mainly conference games only, UConn would have to scramble to re-fill its schedule. Benedict said Thursday heâ€™s willing to do just that if needed.
â€śMany other FBS programs across the country have been affected by the Big 10 decision and we will be working diligently to ensure that we can fill the open weeks on our schedule should conditions allow us to play a full complement of games,â€ť Benedict said.
UConn is slated to open the season Sept. 3 against UMass at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.