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  1. The Mountain West is the only one of those with an argument. Their football and MBB programs have budgets that rival some of the biggest of the BCS. For most of C-USA, absolutely not. The WAC? Um, no, not escaping the mid-major label in MBB (that's what we're talking about, right?) If the WAC isn't mid-major, neither is the MAC. You really want to argue that LaSalle, Fordham, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne etc. aren't mid-major? You can if you want, but no one who isn't on this message board or an A-10 homer will agree with you. The only label that means anything is BCS versus non-BCS. That's where the money line is really drawn, it's what most people mean when they use the mid-major term, but most importantly it's a concrete definition that doesn't require interpretation. A few programs have crossed that "high-major" border despite being in lesser conferences (Xavier being one), but to claim that the entire A-10 is universally considered something other than mid-major is just plain false.
  2. What's the definition of a mid-major? If it's not being a member of one of the Big Six conferences, then the A-10 and St. Louis clearly fall into that description. Is it a minimum budget? What's the minimum? The 10th largest MBB budget in the Big East in 2009 (Cincinnati) was bigger than the largest A-10 budget (Xavier) in the same year. If it is a minimum budget, that minimum had better be pretty low or you aren't going to be able to paint the entire A-10 as "not a mid-major". All but Xavier, Dayton and SLU had budgets under $3MM in 2009.
  3. Majerus lost Berry on his own. He wasn't staying in St. Louis, Butler or no Butler.