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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:26 pm 

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Just for fun:

As we all know, back when they were still in the Big East the American schools tried to go coast to coast and incorporate Boise St, San Diego St, BYU, and Air Force in a coast to coast league when they were trying to save the autobid. It failed because the latter two said no and the former two backed out when the autobid dried up.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if the American added those 4 they would get the Group of 5 bid every year, shutting out the other 4 and making it a de facto auto-bid. I know there are probably some lingering bad blood but what if they tried to do it again? Part of the problem before was that they were trying to give football affiliate memberships and leaving it up to the other schools to find homes for other sports. Having a coast to coast all sport league also is problematic. So what if the 4 western schools were to form a new all sports league to house the rest of their athletic depts with basketball centric schools?

Gonzaga-- Boise St's travel partner
Denver-- Air Force's travel partner
St Mary's-- great Nor Cal presence
New Mexico St-- not a great destination but they are usually in the tournament
Maybe add a couple others to fill out the league


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