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RE: New AD's Huge Decisions
Would love the move but we don’t fund basketball at a competitive CAA level, much less anything approaching A10 standards.

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01-31-2018 01:27 PM
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I expect the funding to increase as soon as the next budget cycle. Huge appears to be paying attention to buttons she can push increase revenue. Basketball is one of those buttons. We'll never make any money off of soccer (sorry soccer fans), tennis, track, swimming, or anything other than football and basketball.

I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I'd rather cut sports and spend more on hoops
01-31-2018 01:38 PM
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(01-31-2018 01:21 PM)Tribal Wrote:  UNCW, Hofstra, CoC, and maybe even Drexel seem to be more likely candidates for a move to the A10. We have no national success in basketball and our budget isn't very appealing. I'd say CoC then UNCW are the frontrunners for a move to the A10.

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I think that CoC is the frontrunner as they consistently have had the best MBB. UNCW had a good run with the coach they lost but too many dark years before that. Drexel and Hofstra offer better market presence but think we are more attractive with our many natural rivals that offer travel cost savings and fan base appeal that raises attendance and $$$.

This could be HUGE for MBB and a real possibility if we won the tourney IMO.
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01-31-2018 02:24 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks academic and historic prestige should matter to conferences? W&M may not be (isn't) a great basketball school but we have a national profile as an academic institution.

Also our other programs are very strong and would bolster the conference in many areas.

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01-31-2018 02:45 PM
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(01-31-2018 02:45 PM)zablenoise Wrote:  Am I the only one who thinks academic and historic prestige should matter to conferences? W&M may not be (isn't) a great basketball school but we have a national profile as an academic institution.

Also our other programs are very strong and would bolster the conference in many areas.

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I’m not going to speculate on an A10 opening, but in general, I think your points are valid. Plus, I think that open spots tend go to the swift and the bold, rather than to some perfect fit. If Ms. Huge has designs on some other conference, I would hope that she is making plans to make a move when the time is right. From what I know of her, if she has such designs, she probably is scheming right now. And that’s a good thing.
01-31-2018 03:06 PM
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Id think Delaware, maybe Stony Brook would be relatively attractive, no?
01-31-2018 03:31 PM
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We certainly have no room to talk, but judging by most recent success I’m not sure if C of C would be the natural front runner to move up to the A-10. The first 3 years were mediocre at best in the CAA and while they had better success in the So Con, they haven’t made the NCAA tournament since the late 90s.

I’ll concede that they have a better overall basketball reputation than us currently. I’ll also agree that we probably wouldn’t be a likely target for a move to the A10 until we do kick the NCAA door open.


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01-31-2018 03:35 PM
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If you want to be specific about this, I would suggest we compare ourselves against academically top notch public universities with D1 sports. They aren't in the Ivy League, Patriot, etc. Most are in big time conferences.

(01-31-2018 02:45 PM)zablenoise Wrote:  Am I the only one who thinks academic and historic prestige should matter to conferences? W&M may not be (isn't) a great basketball school but we have a national profile as an academic institution.

Also our other programs are very strong and would bolster the conference in many areas.

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01-31-2018 03:48 PM
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(01-31-2018 03:48 PM)Tribe32 Wrote:  If you want to be specific about this, I would suggest we compare ourselves against academically top notch public universities with D1 sports. They aren't in the Ivy League, Patriot, etc. Most are in big time conferences.

Ok. W&M to the ACC. Make it happen, Huge!

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01-31-2018 04:08 PM
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I think again we are wandering far away from realistic topics. The microeconomic analysis says we need to win A(1) championship in the CAA before we even remotely consider moving to any league where our chances are significantly less of success.

There are lots of things that could change in the next few years and most of it is driven by football. My biggest fear is that the P5(roughly 64-80 schools) will eventually totally shut out everyone else for basketball as well as football. The trend is already in that direction with non-P5 schools getting virtually no look as an at large and then being generally forced to eliminate each other in the first round. But, at least, there are automatic bids in the tourney to still give the non-P5 schools a shot. For football, it certainly looks like soon there will be only crumbs for the G5 and they will be basically at a G5-FCS combo level. I can live with that as long as it doesn't affect basketball or baseball.

On the actual thread topic, Ms. Huge has done a very good job so far, I think.
01-31-2018 05:17 PM
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