Speaking of Stef Smith. In 2017-2018 season, UCONN was able to arrange to play Duquesne in Toronto toI don't think Yale drops UVM like Harvard and Northeastern did...if they'd wanted to they would have when their tourney teams were getting handed losses up until this year. I think Becker and James Jones know it's mutually beneficial for them because it's a game that can help if you win, but isn't gonna hurt you if you lose because both are right up there in the top 100 in NET every year.
Need the $$$ and donors to step up to help cover the guarantees. Yes, that's what it takes to get most teams to come this way even it's nominal comping of a few hotel rooms or comping the bus they use when they get here. That's why games like UNCG and others are rather rare. This is a program that only wanted to give Lyndon $500 to show up and lose, while Yale or Dartmouth offered them $2-3k to do the same thing. On top of that, there's very few ballsy coaches who are willing to show up to Burlington and have a chance at taking an L. Gotta give a lot of credit to the ones that have over the years. No way would Fordham put UVM on its schedule. Their coach was saved by COVID-19 from a firing. He's not even bringing the Cats to the Bronx, especially after what they did in Queens last year. Remeber, these guys lost to MAINE recently. The A10 school that should have UVM on the schedule every year, because it's a literal day trip and they should be doing home-and-homes like the Dartmouth series is UMass Amherst, but they know in the last decade they probably would not have come out on the winning end of the series, and they haven't scheduled UVM since like 2002?
Getting into the big $$$ Thanksgiving/Christmas tournaments on ESPN requires a lot of politicking, and now that the AE has the Jamacia one (which is CBSSN I think), I don't see the administration going for that, but who knows. Generally they want teams they can market on those things and as much as ESPN likes these small schools, they're novelty acts to them. Or if you have that one that the MAAC sponsors at Disney, well, ESPN is owned by Disney.
Yeah some people care too much, but it only ever happens if it can happen. Schedule likely too locked in to get anything in South Florida, and with Smith, well anything within 4-5 hours of Toronto would have to do. I'm sure they tried, we'll just have to see. My feeling this is a Providence on the schedule kind of year, but it would be fun to be surprised. More clarity will come in July is my guess.
I'm using the term "presumed" mostly to mean "unannounced, but otherwise believed to be under contract, a continuation of a current series, etc."UNCG and Dartmouth are note "presumed"; those are current contracts (only Yale would fit that criteria). They're only "presumed" in the sense that its "presumed" there will be a 20/21 college basketball season.
Wow. What does that mean for the Bruins?It appears that no America East team will be playing Rhode Island in the coming season. Jon Rothsten just announced two new home and home series starting in 2020 for Rhody - Seton Hall (starts in Kingston) and Boston College (at Conte Forum) which would seem to complete the schedule.
It appears that URI has made a concerted effort to stay close to home for its OOC slate during this pandemic. Only two (Western Kentucky and FGCU) of thirteen OOC games will require serious travel as all the other games are either at home or within 90 miles of Kingston.
Rhode Island's Tentative 2020-2021 OOC Schedule
Boise State (A-10/MWC Challenge)
NEUTRAL (2-Mohegan Sun)
Minnesota or UCF
Also be advised that if any AE teams play Providence College this year, it may not necessarily be at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The general manager of the state owned downtown arena has indicated that he does not believe that it will open before 2021. This would follow the plan for another Providence entertainment venue, the 3,000 seat PPAC Theater which just announced the earliest it will reopen is January. The PC Athletic Director told local media this week that he is making contingency plans that could have the Friars playing games at it's 1,854 seat on campus Alumni Gym (where their women's team plays) and or at Mohegan Sun Arena in CT.