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Horizon has offered an unnamed school... GCU?
This article thinks it is GCU. Or Fort Wayne or SIU-E. The new member must have baseball, meaning no Robert Morris or IUPUI.
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If its SIU-E or Fort Wayne, goodbye UMKC
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If they actually do go it would be astoundingly stupid. You will play the same quality/lesser basketball but across the country. Adding major geographical outliers like that is how you kill a conference. I see no possible upside.
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(06-21-2017 03:59 PM)Clarity Wrote:  If they actually do go it would be astoundingly stupid. You will play the same quality/lesser basketball but across the country. Adding major geographical outliers like that is how you kill a conference. I see no possible upside.

Yeah, dont get how this helps GCU at all except a little more conference stability
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RE: Horizon has offered an unnamed school... GCU?
The Horizon isn't exactly stable at the moment either with 9 schools and the Valley possibly expanding more in the future. Equally as stable as the WAC, possibly even less so.
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Well, if the WAC drops to 7 members, I hope Seattle U goes hard for the Big Skys 12th opening
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RE: Horizon has offered an unnamed school... GCU?
Would they even be interested in non-football? Plus the WAC would be at 8 in 2018 if a school left. The schedules are already made, nobody is moving this year.
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Please. No.
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RE: Horizon has offered an unnamed school... GCU?
I think it's almost certainly GCU.

No board meetings on the docket for either the SIU or Purdue systems. GCU money has made it very clear they want to move out of the WAC. There is no chance a hyphenated midwest school in a small town with 1/3rd the budget, no success or prospects of success at a high level in Basketball, and small crowds can possibly compete with the presentation team GCU would put up. Only GCU provides the high profile big splash to make up for the loss of Valparaiso.

RMU was the compromise "pre-GCU" choice to get to 10 between the factions that wanted to stay very local and the factions that wanted to go big and improve RPI (Colangelo hinted at this concept, LeCrone has stated it for a few years, and several schools like UIC and UMW are firmly in the "big splash" camp with the commissioner). That RMU was bypassed tells me they went straight to phase two, which is GCU. I can't see the big splash group accepting Fort Wayne or SIUE, as they know the keep it local camp might very well stop the big splash phase two.

I'm surprised it happened this quickly. But then again the big names and big money behind GCU are not amateurs, making it a mismatch for the hyphenated public schools on shoestring budgets.

This is no more weird than the Big West taking travel subsidies from Boise State for a Big Splash invite.

If it is GCU, you have to believe Carruthers and Moccia are on the phone to LeCrone as we speak. It would not shock me to see NMSU and the Horizon talks being revived.
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(06-21-2017 04:17 PM)Clarity Wrote:  Would they even be interested in non-football? Plus the WAC would be at 8 in 2018 if a school left. The schedules are already made, nobody is moving this year.

Maybe, maybe not. But when UND leaves after this year, they will be at an odd number in all sports. With no football schools to add, having a 12th school could make OLY better. And Seattle is a perfect location with tons of Big Sky alumni. They show up when their school plays at SU. If I remember correctly, Big Sky had issues with uneven OLY members, which was part of the reason Idaho was added way before football
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