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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
(03-19-2017 05:12 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  So which is it:

- AAC is trying to upgrade bball to, at least in part, appeal to UConn
- UConn is against adding yet another team that it's fans don't know and won't buy tickets to see play

??

I know, right?

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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
(03-19-2017 05:29 PM)Chappy Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 05:12 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  So which is it:

- AAC is trying to upgrade bball to, at least in part, appeal to UConn
- UConn is against adding yet another team that it's fans don't know and won't buy tickets to see play

??

I know, right?

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Curious if Marshall bolts does the AAC still want WSU?
03-19-2017 05:33 PM
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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
(03-19-2017 05:33 PM)msm96wolf Wrote:  Curious if Marshall bolts does the AAC still want WSU?

I would think so. Their investment in basketball (including how much they are willing to pay coaches) and the size of their fan base should keep them relevant post Marshall.
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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
Let's think for a bit how the American members might vote on expansion:

In UConn is pushing it they are a yes
If UConn is a yes so is Temple.
Tulsa could probably go for a regional rival so I'm going to say they are a yes.
SMU and Houston have had good basketball lately so perhaps they too would back a pro basketball move.
Cincy and Memphis are probably also going to be in favor of a basketball move that keeps the conference together. I'm not positive how Cincy feels about Dayton though.
I'm not sure how schools who don't emphasize basketball--would feel: Tulane, UCF, USF, ECU

To me if you are trying to build up American basketball to try and be on par with the Big East you are going to need Dayton and VCU too.
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(03-19-2017 05:46 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  To me if you are trying to build up American basketball to try and be on par with the Big East you are going to need Dayton and VCU too.

I agree, but the commissioner has stated that we won't be adding "multiple" non-football schools, so it looks like it will just be Wichita.
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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
(03-19-2017 05:50 PM)Chappy Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 05:46 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  To me if you are trying to build up American basketball to try and be on par with the Big East you are going to need Dayton and VCU too.

I agree, but the commissioner has stated that we won't be adding "multiple" non-football schools, so it looks like it will just be Wichita.
Without the other two this expansion accomplishes nothing.
03-19-2017 05:54 PM
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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
If Wichita State is added, Gregg Marshall immediately becomes the highest paid coach in the American - even more so than Kevin Ollie, a national championship winning head coach.

The only way AAC schools vote down on their admission is if they have to give up guaranteed money in order to get them. This is where the network, ESPN, would have to come in.
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Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
(03-19-2017 05:54 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 05:50 PM)Chappy Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 05:46 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  To me if you are trying to build up American basketball to try and be on par with the Big East you are going to need Dayton and VCU too.

I agree, but the commissioner has stated that we won't be adding "multiple" non-football schools, so it looks like it will just be Wichita.
Without the other two this expansion accomplishes nothing.

I don't think you can call adding a fantastic basketball school 'nothing', but it definitely does less than adding 3 fantastic basketball programs.
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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
(03-19-2017 05:46 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  Let's think for a bit how the American members might vote on expansion:

In UConn is pushing it they are a yes
If UConn is a yes so is Temple.
Tulsa could probably go for a regional rival so I'm going to say they are a yes.
SMU and Houston have had good basketball lately so perhaps they too would back a pro basketball move.
Cincy and Memphis are probably also going to be in favor of a basketball move that keeps the conference together. I'm not positive how Cincy feels about Dayton though.
I'm not sure how schools who don't emphasize basketball--would feel: Tulane, UCF, USF, ECU

To me if you are trying to build up American basketball to try and be on par with the Big East you are going to need Dayton and VCU too.

I'm all for Dayton. Locally they're perceived as a big-time program on par with Xavier and Butler. The only thing holding them back is the national perception of being in a small-time conference.
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RE: Pete Thamel of SI saying Wichita St/AAC could happen in few months
If the goal is to establish the American as the clear top conference outside of the big 6 than you can't let Dayton and VCU stay in the Atlantic 10.
03-19-2017 06:16 PM
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