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"I've been done," Manuel said. "If my focus is always looking outside this organization and what we're doing, we're not going to maintain the success that we've had." [... Manuel] said UConn is not planning to cut any sports and he believes the school will have the TV exposure, money and opponents it will need to be nationally competitive. Too much, he said, has been made of which conference the Huskies call home.
"It's a business problem," he said. "My concern is the stability of UConn, and what we do at UConn. We're going to compete for national championships."
"It is difficult to think of the American Athletic Conference as anything but less than the Big East -- in terms of stature, brand strength, and overall positioning in the new landscape of college sports," Carter said. "And for strong college sports brands like UConn, this will have an impact."