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Gonzaga Possible Future Looking For A New Conference
If Chicago State can be in the WAC, Gonzaga can be in the Big East.
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RE: Gonzaga Possible Future Looking For A New Conference
(03-20-2017 01:49 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  Still, sending soccer, volleyball, softball, etc etc teams from even SLC to even Omaha, Milwaukee, and Chicago is a pain.

But not as big of a pain as it's made out to be. Gonzaga is located in a relatively remote area but still has a regional airport that is close to a couple major ones. It's not like they'd have to bus to an airport for two hours, fly to a bigger airport, fly from there, then bus from the final airport.

Most flights redirect to Seattle or Portland, which has service to most of the Big East cities.
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RE: Gonzaga Possible Future Looking For A New Conference
Not impossible at all. Just a pain in the keister, for student athletes.

If I recall from the HBO TV series following Gonzaga MBB two years ago ... that team has use of a private airplane for all games. Bit of a funky looking one, at that.
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RE: Gonzaga Possible Future Looking For A New Conference
(03-20-2017 03:06 PM)_C2_ Wrote:  
(03-20-2017 01:49 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  Still, sending soccer, volleyball, softball, etc etc teams from even SLC to even Omaha, Milwaukee, and Chicago is a pain.

But not as big of a pain as it's made out to be. Gonzaga is located in a relatively remote area but still has a regional airport that is close to a couple major ones. It's not like they'd have to bus to an airport for two hours, fly to a bigger airport, fly from there, then bus from the final airport.

Most flights redirect to Seattle or Portland, which has service to most of the Big East cities.

Gonzaga playing Georgetown and Villanova in men's hoops sounds fun. Gonzaga playing any Big East team in other sport seems ridiculous. If only they could move 1 sport and not the whole thing to another conference...
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They didn't have to. Seattle is a hop skip and jump away.
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its pretty funny that the old Big East Football conference was about to pull the trigger on a west coast division, and we're potentially seeing the now divorced basketball conference possibly doing the same thing.
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Yeah, concern about travel is overblown. Part of the reason the WCC wanted BYU was to build a bridge to Creighton. Some of Gonzaga's discontent is due to the fact that the Bluejays are now off the table. How can the WCC improve its brand? Pick off the best of the WAC? At least in theory, adding Creighton was an intriguing goal.

My only point is that travel isn't that big a concern from the Zags' POV. I still don't see the Big East's current members trading regular trips to DC, Philly & NYC for Spokane & the Bay Area. They can still sign up for OOC games in Spokane.
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RE: Gonzaga Possible Future Looking For A New Conference
(03-20-2017 03:39 PM)AntiG Wrote:  we're potentially seeing the now divorced basketball conference possibly doing the same thing.

I don't think message board talk counts as "potential. The OP link, at the end, basically has Gonzaga saying "well, we don't have anything going on right now ... but if something does come up, one day, we won't look out for the WCC's best interests."

In other words, nothing is going on, right now.
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(03-20-2017 03:16 PM)_C2_ Wrote:  They didn't have to. Seattle is a hop skip and jump away.

I dont think it's that close to Seattle if memory serves me. Portland is closer to Seattle than Spokane is. Boise might even be closer. Spokane is beautiful. It's way different than Seattle. I think of Spokane more like a Colorado Springs/Denver than Seattle. The people are much different too....politically speaking. Much more conservative "small town folk" than the Left Coast Seattle types. I have a sister in Seattle, cool town.
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RE: Gonzaga Possible Future Looking For A New Conference
Not sure if there isn't some brainstorming going on here.
On one hand Gonzaga is doing just fine in the WCC and by getting a #1 seed shows that playing in the WCC isn't hurting them.
Now perhaps on the other hand, some backroom talk is going on about the future of D1 and it could be why schools like Wichita St et. al are looking to join FBS conferences rather than strengthening the current conferences. Maybe they are thinking down the road something is going to happen in D1 whether they increase the minimum number of sports or increase in schollies that will affect the schools in the WCC and other smaller resourced conferences.
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