A little shine off the apple....
Gonzaga men's basketball coach Mark Few was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence in Idaho, according to <a...
Sadly, jp was up too late one night and said A10 should throw them an invite, and went into how it could work on a 4 year trial period. Zags to the BE has been floated by pundits off this board.Wait, were people actually thinking anyone here was suggesting Gonzaga would join an eastern-based conference?
I just don't see what a move to the MWC does for Gonzaga or St. Mary's. As is, they're surrounded by peer institutions and finish at or near the top of the conference every year. For the millionth time: know who and what you are, who and what you aren't, and try your best to maximize the former. Too many athletics departments live in "We can all be the next BLANK" fantasy land.The wild thing is this. What if the MWC adds St. Mary's for hoops only? Would that be enough to push Gonzaga's hand? It's hard to say, but man would that be a weak conference without those two.
GCU and Seattle U would be the only likely adds, IMO. SeattleU is Jesuit and close to other WCC schools.
NMSU could possibly be added, but seems like a major long shot. Their football stinks, but the closest team to Las Cruces is 10 hours away. They don't seem to fit the WCC profile at all besides being one of the best western teams without a good home.
The WCC has virtually no good options for adding teams. I do think GCU would be a nice add. Seattle U is pretty bad, but who knows what you'd do with such few options.
This is true...I was just curious to see if an even further depleted WCC would bother the Zags. Obviously losing BYU isn't that major as they were not members all that long.I just don't see what a move to the MWC does for Gonzaga or St. Mary's. As is, they're surrounded by peer institutions and finish at or near the top of the conference every year. For the millionth time: know who and what you are, who and what you aren't, and try your best to maximize the former. Too many athletics departments live in "We can all be the next BLANK" fantasy land.
If the WCC adds someone to replace BYU, it would definitely be Cal Baptist. Gonzaga has always been anti-Seattle (and the WCC ain't going to add them unless GU leaves). Denver is too far/not a fit/hockey school. Grand Canyon, while being in the Phoenix market, started as a for-profit, and while they've transitioned to a non-profit, they're still the stink on them of a diploma mill school. The Presidents would never go for them.Yeah... that Gonzaga thing simply won't happen. If they did anything crazy like that, it would be with the Big East. Really, though, what's in it for GU to change anything? They essentially rule the roost in the WCC. When BYU leaves, what changes tangibly for the Bulldogs' program? Nothing.
Who might the WCC add? Anyone? Stay at nine and get back to the 16-game round robin? Few schools out west fit the league's private, Christian profile. Grand Canyon has the whole for-profit thing going against it. Gonzaga probably doesn't want an in-state neighbor in Seattle U. Cal Baptist is still new to D1, but has a solid facility. University of Denver, maybe?
I live out west! I'm always up late compared to you guys! I don't think Gonzaga would join the A-10, or Big East, because I think it's just a little too insane travel wise.Sadly, jp was up too late one night and said A10 should throw them an invite, and went into how it could work on a 4 year trial period. Zags to the BE has been floated by pundits off this board.
They better not do something dumb like cave to public haranguing and can Mark Few for an alleged DUI (or actual DUI for that matter).
Right, if the AAC is looking for schools who "check all the boxes" they're going to struggle to come up with more than two. I'd see UAB and Buffalo being their two best.I am more curious to see what happens to Temple, Memphis, Tulsa and of course Wichita.
Just because a school exists in a major MSA does not mean you'll get that market.
My vision of the new AAC is this: Memphis, Temple, Tulsa, ECU, USF, Navy, App State, Louisiana, UAB, Marshall, UTSA and Tulane.
If I'm Memphis, Tulsa or Temple, what do I do? I think Memphis and Tulsa could fit into the Mountain West, but 14 teams might be too many.
Do they stick with the above conference? I see no avenues in which any of them end up in a conference better than the above or the MWC. I know AAC has a good TV contract now, but that sure as hell won't be the case losing three top programs.
I just don't think UB has the facilities or fan support that would allow them an invite to the league. Also, I don't think Buffalo is a strong enough recruiting base for any of the schools in terms of football.Right, if the AAC is looking for schools who "check all the boxes" they're going to struggle to come up with more than two. I'd see UAB and Buffalo being their two best.
If they go market hunting, there's every chance they bring in schools like Charlotte, Rice, FAU and UTSA... who are good markets, but turned C-USA into a one-bid league.
I think the most likely scenario, is they take the best choice from each philosophy. Someone who's good in football, someone who's pretty good in football and pretty good in basketball, someone who's in a big market all to themselves, and someone who's just in a big market, regardless of how bad they are.
This may be my favorite analogy ever on this board!!When I was 37, I messaged by female BFF with the question of "am I too old to date a 22 year old?" and her reply was "Oh, honey, you let her decide that!"
That's where I'm at with Gonzaga. It almost certainly won't work as a marriage, but we could be a lot of fun in the short term if they're willing. And if they're willing, why the hell not? If Gonzaga wants to screw up her life by banging a better basketball league... we'd rather it be us.
Yeah - go Indy and get a scheduling agreement with UMass. We can start to hate them properly again.Thoughts?
From the start, most of us knew this was a big mistake by Temple. Do you want them back?