Thursday was a momentous day for UConn, as the school was welcomed back as a member of the Big East, though they won't officially make the move until 2020.
Big East commissioner Val Ackerman called UConn's move out of the American Athletic Conference back "an opportunity that we simply couldn't pass up", and men's basketball coach Dan Hurley echoed those thoughts.
"The incredible history and tradition of UConn basketball and the Big East Conference, they're intertwined," Hurley told SNY. "Four National Championships the last 20-plus years on the men's side, obviously the success Geno [Auriemma] has had, and it's all been intertwined."
UConn basketball has been at the center of some of the most memorable moments in the history of the conference, as well as the storied history of MSG, a fact that isn't lost on Hurley.
"Some of the best moments in Madison Square Garden in the Big East Tournament, Kemba [Walker]'s step-back, Ray Allen's floater, Taliek Brown's 30-footer … It's where we belong. It's where we fit best and where we can do our part for the Big East and rebuild the program to championship caliber.
In Hurley's first season has Huskies head coach in 2018-19, the Huskies went just 17-19 and just 6-12 in conference.
Hurley believes the move back to the Big East will work wonders for both the UConn fans and the program as well.
"Number one, I think it's great for our fan base,' said Hurley. "It hasn't been the easiest couple of years. We just finished year one of rebuilding this thing. I think we're in a great position with a great recruiting class coming in and some young developing players in the program. I think the fans are juiced up.
"Obviously, it's re-engaged them and re-energized them, and then from a recruiting standpoint, we're going to recruit that northeast corridor really hard and try to get the elite prospects in that region to want to come back and help get UConn back to championship level.
"The UConn brand the Big East brand is hopefully going to be very strong for us in recruiting."