UConn Trustees Loosen Approvals Process For Athletic Competition Contracts

Aaron Kupec
October 23, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

STORRS, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - University of Connecticut trustees have loosened approval requirements for athletic competition contracts with other schools.

The board, Wednesday, approved allowing the university president or his designee to sign off on contracts that would bring in between $1 million and $5 million for the school. Previously, trustees had to sign off on any contract valued at $1 million or more.

Officials say the change will give the football team more flexibility, as it seeks to build a schedule for next year and beyond, when it will no longer be part of the American Athletic Conference. Athletic Director David Benedict says the football program has secured four games next year, and hopes to finalize another eight soon.

While other UConn sports are moving from the American Athletic Conference to the Big East Conference next academic year, the football team will not be part of a conference after the current season.