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LaSalle rumor
May be nothing, but a LaSalle basketball Facebook group is claiming that the athletic department has hired a consulting firm to look at moving to a lower conference, like the MAAC.

It's worth noting that there's been nothing reported from a reputable news agency. Just the post itself. So take it with a grain of salt. But let's not let that stop us from rank speculation.
01-27-2018 12:42 PM
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(01-27-2018 12:42 PM)Cyniclone Wrote:  May be nothing, but a LaSalle basketball Facebook group is claiming that the athletic department has hired a consulting firm to look at moving to a lower conference, like the MAAC.

It's worth noting that there's been nothing reported from a reputable news agency. Just the post itself. So take it with a grain of salt. But let's not let that stop us from rank speculation.

Hard to imagine. I could see them moving to Division II or III, but not leaving the A10 if they stay in division I.
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The A10 is perfect for them. I don't know why they would leave.
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My guess is they’ll drop a few sports like Swimming & Diving and plow the money back into the other sports, primarily basketball.
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right now, La Salle is over matched.
It won't be long before A-10 implodes
then La Salle will fit right in
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If this happens and LaSalle ends up somewhere else does that open up a slot in the A10 for Old Dominion?

Normally I wouldn't think a university which has all of its sports in a G5 conference would move out of a G5 and put its sports into a non-FB conference. It has to be a special case.

BYU to the WCC so BYU can go independent and sell its football TV rights.
UConn to the BE considered because of MSG and rivalries.

With VCU, GMU and Richmond all in the A10 I could see where ODU would consider a move there, especially with the next CUSA school 6 hours away and the lack of national TV deal with CUSA.

Being an FB Indy in the east is becoming more viable with Army, UMass and Liberty all independent.
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Unless they are giving up on D1 sports they should reorganize their athletic dept, figure out what they wanna prioritize and stay in the A10.

If they do leave I don't think the A10 would necessarily replace them
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(01-27-2018 03:34 PM)solohawks Wrote:  Unless they are giving up on D1 sports they should reorganize their athletic dept, figure out what they wanna prioritize and stay in the A10.

The A10 has a lot of schools in it now beyond the NYC to Washington corridor.

St. Louis, Dayton, Davidson, Richmond, VCU, UMass and Rhode Island.

They could probably do better in the Patriot, MAAC or NEC and save money on travel and reduce the basketball budget.

The A10 is trending toward becoming a two bid mid major league so the revenue is decreasing.

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La Salle does not have the academic reputation for the Patriot league.
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This would be a painful but necessary move for LaSalle. Philly college bb market is tough with 5 schools fighting for market share plus the 76ers. Hope it works out for them.
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(01-27-2018 03:50 PM)Kittonhead Wrote:  
(01-27-2018 03:34 PM)solohawks Wrote:  Unless they are giving up on D1 sports they should reorganize their athletic dept, figure out what they wanna prioritize and stay in the A10.

The A10 has a lot of schools in it now beyond the NYC to Washington corridor.

St. Louis, Dayton, Davidson, Richmond, VCU, UMass and Rhode Island.

They could probably do better in the Patriot, MAAC or NEC and save money on travel and reduce the basketball budget.

The A10 is trending toward becoming a two bid mid major league so the revenue is decreasing.

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I'm sure the MAAC would have them if they were interested
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Could LaSalle be better off in another league that is purely socialist in nature? The A10 rewards teams that make the dance by giving them a high % of the credit. Non performers won't get much.
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(01-27-2018 04:20 PM)Section 200 Wrote:  This would be a painful but necessary move for LaSalle. Philly college bb market is tough with 5 schools fighting for market share plus the 76ers. Hope it works out for them.

It’s really six even though Drexel isn’t in the Big 5 but I agree with your point.
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(01-27-2018 03:28 PM)Kittonhead Wrote:  If this happens and LaSalle ends up somewhere else does that open up a slot in the A10 for Old Dominion?

Normally I wouldn't think a university which has all of its sports in a G5 conference would move out of a G5 and put its sports into a non-FB conference. It has to be a special case.

BYU to the WCC so BYU can go independent and sell its football TV rights.
UConn to the BE considered because of MSG and rivalries.

With VCU, GMU and Richmond all in the A10 I could see where ODU would consider a move there, especially with the next CUSA school 6 hours away and the lack of national TV deal with CUSA.

Being an FB Indy in the east is becoming more viable with Army, UMass and Liberty all independent.

There are people on the ODU board that would jump out of their skin to throw themselves at a deal like that, and it's understandable. But ODU approached the A-10 when it appeared that the CAA was about to destabilize a few years ago and were told thanks but not thanks. I swear on a stack of AP Style books that this story was published, but the original piece about VCU and George Mason being A-10 targets noted that ODU wasn't a consideration out of fear that they'd elevate their football to FBS and become a flight risk (oddly enough, if the story about the A-10 turning ODU down is true, they ended up being part of the impetus for a move up themselves).

But even if the A-10 did an about-face, an FBS indy schedule isn't easy to build by any stretch, even taking into account the presence of Eastern indy programs. The CUSA, warts and all, is still more stable than football independence as of now and I think that ultimately informs ODU's decision making.
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Explorers were in the Sweet 16 just a few years ago. They’re completely capable. Stick it out.
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(01-27-2018 05:47 PM)Cyniclone Wrote:  
(01-27-2018 03:28 PM)Kittonhead Wrote:  If this happens and LaSalle ends up somewhere else does that open up a slot in the A10 for Old Dominion?

Normally I wouldn't think a university which has all of its sports in a G5 conference would move out of a G5 and put its sports into a non-FB conference. It has to be a special case.

BYU to the WCC so BYU can go independent and sell its football TV rights.
UConn to the BE considered because of MSG and rivalries.

With VCU, GMU and Richmond all in the A10 I could see where ODU would consider a move there, especially with the next CUSA school 6 hours away and the lack of national TV deal with CUSA.

Being an FB Indy in the east is becoming more viable with Army, UMass and Liberty all independent.

There are people on the ODU board that would jump out of their skin to throw themselves at a deal like that, and it's understandable. But ODU approached the A-10 when it appeared that the CAA was about to destabilize a few years ago and were told thanks but not thanks. I swear on a stack of AP Style books that this story was published, but the original piece about VCU and George Mason being A-10 targets noted that ODU wasn't a consideration out of fear that they'd elevate their football to FBS and become a flight risk (oddly enough, if the story about the A-10 turning ODU down is true, they ended up being part of the impetus for a move up themselves).

But even if the A-10 did an about-face, an FBS indy schedule isn't easy to build by any stretch, even taking into account the presence of Eastern indy programs. The CUSA, warts and all, is still more stable than football independence as of now and I think that ultimately informs ODU's decision making.
Should not ODU want the American now? The A-10 is not exactly an upcame move even if VCU and George Mason have done it?
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(01-27-2018 05:59 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(01-27-2018 05:47 PM)Cyniclone Wrote:  
(01-27-2018 03:28 PM)Kittonhead Wrote:  If this happens and LaSalle ends up somewhere else does that open up a slot in the A10 for Old Dominion?

Normally I wouldn't think a university which has all of its sports in a G5 conference would move out of a G5 and put its sports into a non-FB conference. It has to be a special case.

BYU to the WCC so BYU can go independent and sell its football TV rights.
UConn to the BE considered because of MSG and rivalries.

With VCU, GMU and Richmond all in the A10 I could see where ODU would consider a move there, especially with the next CUSA school 6 hours away and the lack of national TV deal with CUSA.

Being an FB Indy in the east is becoming more viable with Army, UMass and Liberty all independent.

There are people on the ODU board that would jump out of their skin to throw themselves at a deal like that, and it's understandable. But ODU approached the A-10 when it appeared that the CAA was about to destabilize a few years ago and were told thanks but not thanks. I swear on a stack of AP Style books that this story was published, but the original piece about VCU and George Mason being A-10 targets noted that ODU wasn't a consideration out of fear that they'd elevate their football to FBS and become a flight risk (oddly enough, if the story about the A-10 turning ODU down is true, they ended up being part of the impetus for a move up themselves).

But even if the A-10 did an about-face, an FBS indy schedule isn't easy to build by any stretch, even taking into account the presence of Eastern indy programs. The CUSA, warts and all, is still more stable than football independence as of now and I think that ultimately informs ODU's decision making.
Should not ODU want the American now? The A-10 is not exactly an upcame move even if VCU and George Mason have done it?

The A-10 is leaps and bounds ahead of C-USA in basketball. ODU may choose to stay in C-USA if they ever were invited to the A-10 but that’s solely because of football. For other sports, it would be a no-brainer move for them.
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(01-27-2018 05:20 PM)MKPitt Wrote:  
(01-27-2018 04:20 PM)Section 200 Wrote:  This would be a painful but necessary move for LaSalle. Philly college bb market is tough with 5 schools fighting for market share plus the 76ers. Hope it works out for them.

It’s really six even though Drexel isn’t in the Big 5 but I agree with your point.

That's not the problem as much as the number of Catholic institutions within the area. Or that LaSalle's location in the city isn't the most inviting. That it doesn't have the campus feel of other Philly schools.

Enrollment has been hurting there. The coffers aren't what they used to be. LaSalle isn't Rosemont or Chestnut Hill yet, but it's never going to be Villanova. Heck, I think they're sucking wind to Widener and Gwynedd Mercy these days.

I don't think they have what it takes to keep up with some in the A10, but, who's to say they may know something about conference and it being close to plundering again? Big East expansion, if it does ever happen, is probably going to come out of the A10...and that's going to hurt.
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(01-27-2018 02:30 PM)oliveandblue Wrote:  The A10 is perfect for them. I don't know why they would leave.

That one flash in the pan aside, LaSalle hasn't been compeitive in a long time. It might do them some good to drop down, though I think the CAA would make way more sense, as it's only a step behind the A-10.
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