Husky mania has swept New England and may have infected the rest of the nation as well. Unexpectedly, Husky gear is now more commonly spotted that Georgetown’s Bulldogs or Syracuse Orange; national championships for both men and women raised their visibility, and the streak of undefeated women’s teams in basketball has made them a true powerhouse in Division I athletics.
Quite aside from athletic arena, the University of Connecticut is a big deal in New England. It is the most competitive of the public universities in the region, by far the most successful in terms of national athletic prominence, and generally conceded to be the regional public research university with the fastest trajectory into the front ranks of nationally recognized universities. As the newest university of national prominence in the region, UConn may not be as highly regarded as it ought to be.