(04-09-2017 11:12 AM)RutgersGuy Wrote:
(04-09-2017 09:36 AM)BigEastHomer Wrote:
(04-09-2017 09:28 AM)MWC Tex Wrote:
(04-09-2017 09:23 AM)BigEastHomer Wrote:
(04-09-2017 08:14 AM)loki_the_bubba Wrote: Looks like we have 14 fans of AAC schools voting.
That's what I'm saying about this poll.
You have a lot of fans of other conferences 'defending their turf' by voting the other way.
Its a meaningless exercise.
Not really, it's that the power conferences get at least 1/2 of the teams in the tournament.
My friend, all polls on these boards are nothing but pissing contests.
How many conferences have a national championship to their credit in the last handful of years?
We can talk about consistent bids as another metric of relevance but the AAC wasn't expecting consistent bids right out of the gate. It was a build to begin with because programs were chosen to ensure long term success in all sports. For those out of the conference, its easy to puff out their chests when multiple AAC teams have new regimes and short benches.
The Wichita State addition is another great move for the conference that extends the efforts with the new coaches and infrastructure that have gone in to the movement.
If Gonzaga won this year the WCC would have a national championship in it's conference. Would they automatically be a power conference? How about if Butler won one of it's two title game appearances? Would the Horizon league be a power conference?
In all fairness, the AAC is substantially more accomplished than the WCC & the Horizon combined regardless of the criteria (history, brand, prowess, trajectory, budget, value, etc.). There are so many people that want the AAC to be marginalized (those in the P5 for obvious reasons but also those on the outside looking in as misery loves company). That is why the AAC is being forced to remove all doubt in order to truly establish itself as a legitimate 'power' conference.
Proof will be in the pudding and I'd be amazed if the AAC doesn't surpass expectations. Looking at the pedigree before the WSU add & at least 3 bids should be taken every year. Yes, the AAC had a down year but AAC will get 4+ bids next year & that's going to be the rule going forward, not the exception. There may be down years from time to time but just too many good programs not to excell (UC, UH, WSU, Temple, UCONN, Tulsa, SMU, & even UCF looks to be moving in the right direction). At least half of those teams should get a bid every year.
Yes, the AAC will be unfairly subjected to distorted perception but that goes with the territory at this point. Even this past season, one of the teams at the bottom of the AAC (Temple) defeated 2 teams at the top of the standings of ACC & Big 12 (FSU & WVU) which represents more than just an inference of the overall strength of the league. However, moving forward the objective achievements will eventually speak for themselves. Too many schools pouring money and effort into their respective programs and too many brands and pedigree to be denied.
Additionally, the motivation is there. Aresco aptly labeled the AAC as the 'contender' conference. The AAC has been relegated to secondary citizenship status (fairly or unfairly, you decide) but the point is that the AAC is the best football conference outside of the P5 & is the best basketball conference outside the P5 & the Big East. There is no other conference outside the 'power structure' that can even come close to making those claims and now with WSU in the fold, in basketball, the AAC will likely at least compete with the P5 and the Big East in terms of on-court product.