Future schedules are taking shape
People are always asking me about future schedules — particularly wondering whether there are any UConn-Notre Dame games on the horizon — and although there are no official plans for the Huskies and Irish to play right now, I was able to confirm through program sources Monday that UConn has finalized dates and sites for all of its non-conference games through 2013.
Here's a breakdown:
2011 — Sept. 1, Fordham; Sept. 10, at Vanderbilt; Sept. 19, Iowa State; Sept. 24, at Buffalo; Oct. 1, Western Michigan. The Fordham game is a Thursday game and the others are scheduled for Saturday.
2012 — Aug. 30, UMass; Sept. 8, North Carolina State; Sept. 15, at Maryland; Sept. 22, at Western Michigan; Sept. 29, Buffalo. Once again, the UMass opener is a Thursday game and the others Saturday.
2013 — Aug. 29, Towson; Sept. 7, open; Sept. 14, Maryland; Sept. 21, Michigan; Sept. 28, at Buffalo; Oct. 5, Temple. Again, the opener will be on Thursday and the others Saturday.
In addition, the sources said contracts have been signed for six other non-conference games through the 2017 season: 2014 — Central Florida (Sept. 13); 2015 — at Central Florida (Sept. 19); Tennessee (Sept. 26); 2016 — at Tennessee (Sept. 3); Virginia (Sept. 17); 2017 — at Virginia (Sept. 16).
The 2013 schedule immediately caught my attention. Not only are the back-to-back home games against Maryland and Michigan appealing, but should the Big East remain an eight-team conference, UConn is scheduled to play Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, South Florida at home that year, giving the Huskies eight home games. They will have seven in 2011 and six in 2012.
In other news, coach Randy Edsall announced during his weekly conference call with the Big East on Monday that starting cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson had surgery on his right hand Monday.
Wreh-Wilson suffered the injury during the first half of Friday's 27-24 loss at Rutgers. He went left the field to have the hand taped, but returned and finished the game.
The Huskies are off this week, so we're not certain if Wreh-Wilson will be ready to go at Louisville on Oct. 23. Edsall won't have to make that known until the Big East Thursday injury report on Oct. 21.
In addition, the Big East said Monday the UConn-Louisville game will start at 3:30 p.m. and be aired on ESPNU.