UConn coach would like to stay in Big East

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he loves the Big East and would like the Huskies to remain in the conference -- but only if that is what is best for the school.

The Hall of Fame coach, speaking to reporters during his team's annual 3.4-mile "Husky Run" around campus, said the school has worked for 32 years to build itself into a national sports power, and needs to find the right conference fit.

But, he said he is "pro Big East," and hopes that is where UConn lands.

Calhoun said even after Syracuse and Pittsburgh leave, the league still will have nine basketball programs that made the NCAA tournament a year ago, and in his opinion is a stronger basketball conference than the ACC.