i'm glad we now have something to talk about everyday until November! i expect PP posts to be prolific on this.
- if Creighton comes westward, wouldn't it make sense for them to take Saint Louis with them? Long rivalry between the two, Jesuit schools, big draws in NBA-caliber arenas.
- if a territorial battle is indeed emerging between the nation's two elite non-football schools, the WCC does have the selling point of being a religious-based conference, whereas the A-10 has always been a grab-bag of schools that wouldn't normally have anything to do with each other. however, by adding butler to xavier and dayton and saint louis, I wonder if the A-10 is already too established in the midwest to let creighton slip by them.
- besides, if creighton and depaul are not happy with their conference situations, than it makes too much sense for them just to revive a midwest super basketball conference. i know the business end of it is probably not quite there, but i always thought this would be an amazing conference: Marquette, De Paul, Notre Dame, Xavier, Dayton, Butler, Saint Louis, Creighton. can we get a Papal decree on this?!
- even though football is involved, i can see the MWC getting aggressive and possibly tangling with the WCC over some non-football schools.
- I'm not sure Zaninovich would admit to this now, but what's to stop him from considering some upper-tier public schools along with the seattles and denvers of the world. I've never really agreed with WCC presidents' antipathy for some of the UC shcools. would adding UCSB do any damage to the WCC academic reputation? no. I think UC Davis is actually a bit of sleeping giant athletically. would adding them enhance the WCC academic reputation? probably.