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With SLU and Dayton leaving the A-10....
Are you suggesting that they ignore the mid-west when or if they replace these universities? I would think that the A-10 would keep their options open. There are some major cities and markets in the mid-west...that love basketball and support it well.
But, on the other hand....they did add a really small private school, last time. And though Charlotte is big....Davidson is fair distance to the north. So, read from that what you will regarding the A-10's priority list for new schools.
So, who is on your list for potential schools?
Isn't it obvious? Why the Midwest should be an important factor in the A-10? Just trying to be realistic a bit.
Anyways, back to discussion; since the A-10 does NOT want any upgrade schools from D-II, they should find schools within the D-I realm on conferences such as the CAA (Richmond in 2001, VCU in 2012 & George Mason in 2013) and the SoCon (Davidson in 2014). And to retain the Midwest flavor, conferences like the Horizon (Butler in 2012) and the Summit. For instance:
From the CAA: Delaware or Towson or W&M or JMU (but all have football, hmmm)
From the SoCon: UT-Chattanooga or Wofford
From the Horizon: UW-Green Bay or UW-Milwaukee
I'm starting to think that you are about to suggest that the A-10 bring back fb?
Anyway, ...there are two schools in Chicago that could bring in a good market....Loyola or UIC. Also, from the CAA you have CoC or UNC Wilmington(who isn't very good), as well as Belmont, UNC Greensboro(who isn't very good).
I find it hard to figure out what exactly the A-10 is aiming at. They have duplicate schools in many markets. Will they continue that or move into the west or south?? Or north even?