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Old 04-15-2013, 10:25 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:48 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #63 (permalink)
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Re: A10 close to adding Davidson (for 2014)

It is not just about Davidson teams having to travel to A-10 schools. Admitting Davidson also adds quite a bit more travel to the northern based teams. That is why I was hoping for a more balanced approach to adding teams. I would rather Siena be paired with GMU (one northern/one southern).

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Re: A10 close to adding Davidson (for 2014)

Is Rhody that broke? I'd think that the travel expenses aren't that bad. We're talking Charlotte, NC here. You guys were already travelling there for several years for UNC Charlotte and we just lost 2 teams in the midwest that were just as far or further away. You guys survived those travel arrangements, and adding Davidson is a cause for concern? That's a little surprising.
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Yeah, I don't see how the addition of Davidson is a problem from a travel standpoint. Nothing new.
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If anyone should be raising hell about travel, it should be the schools in Dayton, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. Endgame, I doubt Ms. McGlade is listening to anything coming from those two schools at this point.
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If anyone should be raising hell about travel, it should be the schools in Dayton, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. Endgame, I doubt Ms. McGlade is listening to anything coming from those two schools at this point.
It certainly seems that way.

I guess you guys can take comfort in that to an extent however. If the A-10 knew we were keeping you guys long-term, we'd be acting differently.

For the short-term, it's not so great, but it certainly looks like you 2 are on the way out to the Big East. We'll miss you if that happens. You've been a great representative of SLU on this board.
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If anyone should be raising hell about travel, it should be the schools in Dayton, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. Endgame, I doubt Ms. McGlade is listening to anything coming from those two schools at this point.
I think pretty much everyone is writing off St. Louis as it is expected they will soon leave for the Catholic Big East. Besides, SLU joined the A-10 full knowing the travel obstacles.

The northern teams such as SBU, UMass, and URI joined a league that had GW as the most southern school with WVU and Pitt/Duquense being the most western. Things have taken a dramatic turn from a geography perspective since they joined.
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If anyone should be raising hell about travel, it should be the schools in Dayton, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. Endgame, I doubt Ms. McGlade is listening to anything coming from those two schools at this point.
I can see why the A10 would not be accomodating two schools that are rumored to be most likely to leave. Let's say McGlade gave those schools a courtesy call to determine intentions, they certainly are not going to commit to the A10. There is nothing the A10 can do to keep any A10 school from leaving if the Big East comes calling, so the A10 is going to do what the A10 thinks is best for the A10 longterm.

I know you know this, but just putting it out there anyway.
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Re: A10 close to adding Davidson (for 2014)

There is simply no reason to accommodate Dayton and St. Louis when both schools are most likely going to be leaving anyways. I don't really see the concern about travelling to Davidson as they are about as far as Charlotte. I'm a big advocate of adding Towson as the 14th team (after Dayton and St. Louis leave and Siena joins) as I think it would fill a nice niche, the stadium is going to be perfect, and Baltimore has untapped potential. Football is a concern though. Still, are the football dollars at that level worth it?
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I can see why the A10 would not be accomodating two schools that are rumored to be most likely to leave. Let's say McGlade gave those schools a courtesy call to determine intentions, they certainly are not going to commit to the A10. There is nothing the A10 can do to keep any A10 school from leaving if the Big East comes calling, so the A10 is going to do what the A10 thinks is best for the A10 longterm.

I know you know this, but just putting it out there anyway.
Yeah, I totally agree with you. That's why I said even if SLU/Dayton were making waves, they'd be rebuffed.
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Is Rhody that broke? I'd think that the travel expenses aren't that bad. We're talking Charlotte, NC here. You guys were already travelling there for several years for UNC Charlotte and we just lost 2 teams in the midwest that were just as far or further away. You guys survived those travel arrangements, and adding Davidson is a cause for concern? That's a little surprising.
URI is a school that almost drastically reduced their football scholarships recently and were contemplating moving to a lesser but more regionally appropriate conference (for football).
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Re: A10 close to adding Davidson (for 2014)

So yes?

If you want a nationally relevant basketball conference, these are the schools you have to add. I'm not sure I want the A-10 to become a glorified MAAC for the sake of travelling budgets.
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So yes?

If you want a nationally relevant basketball conference, these are the schools you have to add. I'm not sure I want the A-10 to become a glorified MAAC for the sake of travelling budgets.
A glorified MEAC is fine though .
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Re: A10 close to adding Davidson (for 2014)

Yeah MEAC quality is pretty good apparently. At least as far as MEAC-quality bigs are concerned.
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