so given all PL schools DO offer basketball scholarships (except Army and Navy which obviously have a different offer, fully paid in exchange for five years), which league would you pick if the PL picked up one other school along with an offer to Fairfield? would the other school be the determining factor?
I like the fact that the PL does offer full scholarships now and over the long term this can only help!!! I am still curious about financial committments though in terms of paying coaches and upgrading facilities. Does everybody in the PL have plans to replicate what BU has done facility-wise?
In terms of choosing leagues, I would probably choose the PL if the deal included either LC or FU. Adding one of these schools would be determinative in order to bring some balance to the league profile. Having three or four Jesuit schools is more appealing to me in terms of natural rivalries and commonalities between schools (i.e., vision, mission, student body, alumni).
But what I find most appealing is when you look beyond basketball to soccer and lacrosse. Soccer and lacrosse are the two other marquee sports at both Fairfield and Loyola whose programs have both garnered national recognition. Adding FU and LC would instantly strengthened the PL RPI for both sports making the story even more appealing.
In terms of soccer, going to the PL would be a postive step up from MAAC soccer. Most MAAC schools are spending very little money on the sport which is reflected in the MAAC being the 23rd out of 24th RPI ranked DI league last year. I believe the PL was 13th or 14th.
And in terms of lacrosse, going to the PL from the ECAC would be a side step in the short-term. However, over the long-term I don't think an ECAC lacrosse league with the likes of Fairfield and Loyola competing against Penn State, Rutgers and even Georgetown will last. As more schools add lacrosse, I see these ECAC schools joining forces with a Big Ten or Big East lacrosse league. This is a long ways off, but it will eventually happen as the sport continues to grow and other schools begin to recognize the revenue potential. Fairfield and Loyola moving to PL lacrosse would be a more natural fit and more secure in the long run.