Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant has a preview of Thursday's football opener between UConn and UMass with quotes from Huskies head coach Paul Pasqualoni.
"I think we're very excited about [a rivalry with UMass] and the potential of what Connecticut-UMass could be," Pasqualoni said. "[It] was great during the Yankee Conference days; it certainly was a tremendous rivalry. With conference affiliations now, we're obviously in the Big East, but playing UMass would give us a chance to have an Eastern game regardless of the location. It's exciting for fans, easy to get to and a chance to be a great game. We would be excited about it."