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UConn Raises Profile With Big-Time Football Hire

Mike Aresco has come out against the idea.

On Wednesday night, as the crown jewel of UConn athletics — the Huskies basketball team — was in the midst of defeating Temple 73-59 at Gampel Pavilion, athletic director David Benedict said never say never.

A separate Group of Five national football playoff?

"The answer is an emphatic no," Aresco told ESPN a few weeks ago. "We compete for national championships like anyone else in FBS, including the Power Five."

This was a fascinating night to ask Benedict about this, because only minutes earlier it was announced that UConn had hired Rhett Lashlee, 33, the offensive coordinator at Auburn the past...