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New AD says UConn at Power 5 level

STORRS, Conn. -- UConn's new athletic director says he considers the Huskies' caliber of play at the level of a Power 5 school.

Dave Benedict, who has been serving as chief operating office at Auburn, was introduced Tuesday as the 12th athletic director at UConn.

He says he understands that the perception of the school's conference affiliation is the biggest challenge for the athletic department. The school competes in the American Athletic Conference for national championships against schools in leagues that generate more revenue.

Benedict, 44, says his job will be to maximize the resources of the school and find ways to grow its income. He says the conference is just one piece of that puzzle.

Benedict will earn $450,000 a year at UConn, with the chance for $100,000 annually in bonuses. He would also get another $250,000 if he stays five years.