UConn made the move back into the Big East Conference, as the Board of Trustees voted to withdraw their school from the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday.
On Thursday, it was made official.
Big East commissioner Val Ackerman addressed the large crowd at Madison Square Garden to welcome back the Huskies to the Big East. She noted this being "an opportunity that we simply couldn't pass up," and with what UConn has accomplished in the conference, this was a match made in heaven once again.
"UConn won 80 Big East Conference titles in its first 34 years with our league," Ackerman said. "And so we know they'll be bringing A-game level competition when they're second round with us gets underway."
It won't be next year that Huskie fans will see battles with familiar Big East competition, though.
"UConn's state of entry in the Big East hasn't been formally determined, but it wouldn't be earlier than July 1, 2020," Ackerman explained.
Still, the Huskies are extremely excited to return. UConn president Susan Herbst also addressed the crowd, saying the school and the state of Connecticut couldn't be any happier to be back.
"We in Connecticut are filled with gratitude, with pride, and with excitement," said UConn president Susan Herbst. "...UConn was one of the Big East's founder members and over more than three decades we really thrived there."
The Huskies will be bringing 20 athletic programs back, with their men's and women's basketball teams highlighting that group. Will Geno Auriemma's women capture another title? Will the UConn men have another signature moment like Kemba Walker's stepback winner in the Big East tournament?
We'll have to wait another year, but it's good to be back home.