davidnark Posted May 20, 2003 Share Posted May 20, 2003 Dan Wetzel has posted another article at http://cbs.sportsline.com/b/page/pressbox/...6380385,00.html Two statements of note: "The Catholic schools will immediately look to expand, and although religious affiliation will be important, geography and a commitment to basketball first will be the most important factors in finding new members, administrative sources say." "The question will be how big does the Big East want to get? Nine teams? Ten? Twelve? Other possible expansion teams include Saint Louis and Richmond." If Dan's information has legitimacy to it, then we can draw the following two conclusions (1) the big east schools want to add programs with a "commitment to basketball," and (2) SLU is unlikely to make the cut if the conference is limited to 9 teams, but will probably make the cut if (and it's a big if) the conference elects to go with 12 teams. We need Marquette, DePaul, Xavier, and Dayton to lobby for a 12 team conference. I am of the opinion that the midwest catholic schools may actually be hurting themselves by not being the initiators in this proces. If SLU, Marquette, Dayton, and Xavier got together to form their own conference, then they could set the agenda rather than waiting for the Big East schools to set the agenda. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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