JMM28 Posted January 17 Share Posted January 17 3 hours ago, brianstl said: I agree with the somehow losing the dregs of the conference. My point is that Loyola and Belmont are far better than other (more eastern) options when the conference did expand and if it does expand again in the future. Honestly, the best hope is some day the leadership at SLU, Richmond and Dayton wake up one morning deciding that waiting on an invitation to the Big East that is probably never coming is fruitless. They then decide they need to take control over their own futures and follow what the schools that created the Mountain West did 25 years ago when they left the WAC and formed their own conference. Pull in five or six other current members (from St. Joe, GW, Fordham, Loyola, VCU, UMass and RI), add a program or programs like a Witchita St. or Belmont from outside the conference and get to 9-11 members. Let Richmond decide if they want to take VCU along. You go from there and you can poach mid major and low programs in geographic beneficial areas that have established themselves to increase conference membership in the future if needed. I have always thought there is a pretty damn good "midwestern" non-football school conference to be had. I'd probably cut it off east of Ohio. SLU, Dayton, Wichita, Loyola, Drake, Belmont, Bradley, Northern Kentucky, Oral Roberts and one other within that footprint. Play a round robin 18 game schedule. The only issue is that any new conference has to apply for an auto-bid and there are certain requirements for that - which I can't remember off the top of my head. brianstl likes this Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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