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RE: Lacrosse : realignment, rivalries (postponed) and re-evaluation (costs)
(11-13-2017 05:45 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  
(11-12-2017 05:00 PM)Bogg Wrote:  To be fair, and I'm about the furthest one can get from an expert on the topic, but it seems like there are hurdles to overcome in starting up football that just aren't there in lacrosse. Football at that level is a significant expense, while it sounds like lacrosse is a pretty minor expense/can generate a small profit in terms of enrollment numbers without having to be at the very top level of the sport.

I don't disagree with that. It costs much less to run a lacrosse program than football, and lacrosse has the potential to be more profitable even with limited funding. Football is a wash if you aren't getting major network subsidies, alumni donations, and selling out your venue seven or eight times a year. Lacrosse offers smaller rosters, lower staffing, and there's partials if you're not going to pay for every kid to be there.

As another said, this is a good problem to have for lacrosse. I just can't look past it being these guys doing it when it's been known they're becoming more invisible. If the subject is A-10 lacrosse, I wouldn't bet on La Salle as a long-term solution.

There's no reason St. Joe's has to want them wherever they are, either. What does it do for them, you know, other than saving some money on travel?

Fair enough, just seems like lacrosse is a much, much easier sport to start up than football, particularly if you're looking to use already-existing infrastructure (if you already have a soccer team it seems like you're not much more than a locker room away). That being said, I don't really think the A-10 would need La Salle to start up lacrosse. If I understand the current situation (which is to say, Wikipedia'd right), NJIT and Hampton are sitting there as independents that would make a clean geographic fit for the other four members, and are in good general recruiting areas to boot.
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RE: Lacrosse : realignment, rivalries (postponed) and re-evaluation (costs)
(11-12-2017 08:41 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(11-12-2017 08:01 PM)TerpsNPhoenix Wrote:  
(11-12-2017 03:48 PM)jdgaucho Wrote:  All fine and dandy - but there's practically zero lacrosse out west save for Denver and Air Force. Down the line that will have to be addressed.

I don't agree with "practically zero" but there is absolutely a TON of potential growth opportunities. Here's a gif that shows growth from 2005-2015.

[Image: lacrosse-gif3.gif]

The women's side has been growing much more. Utah starting men's lax is a PAC12 start. Suspect USC and Stanford will step up soon for men's lax. USC has stated they are monitoring the situation.

Yep. I heard somewhere that Oregon was looking into it as well.
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RE: Lacrosse : realignment, rivalries (postponed) and re-evaluation (costs)
It's not what people mean when they talk about the sport growing out West, but if Atlantic 10 lacrosse looks like it's going to become a thing, and the Bonnies are right about lacrosse potentially being cost-neutral/slightly profitable if run correctly, I wonder if Saint Louis would look at elevating their club team to a varsity sport. It's not "out West", but they'd be one of the Westernmost D1 programs in the country. With Big East expansion a couple years out it wouldn't hurt to better align the department with Big East sports sponsored, and worst-case it helps the University further recruit East Coast students from high-income families that are supposedly one of the benefits of A10 membership to begin with.
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