Fresno St. Alum wrote:
fighting muskie wrote:
If we're going to talk about a 12-team Horizon League IUPUI and IPFW are a given. After that we're looking at W Illinois, Chicago St, and Rbt Morris.
Rbt Morris is not that far of a geographic stretch as Pittsburgh is close to both Youngstown and Cleveland. The Colonials would have to find a home for their football team--they could pull their scholarships and go to the Pioneer or try to broker something to either keep their team in the ever shrinking NEC fb or with the also-threatened Big South. Both of those football leagues have to be fearing for their futures right now.
WIU is also looking to get out of the sinking Summit. Football isn't too much of a concern; while a full invite to the MVC is out of the question the MVFC needs them. They might prefer a full invite to the OVC if that conference is interested. I think there is a good bet WIU would be up for Horizon League membership especially if the Dakota schools are on the verge of going to the Big Sky.
Lastly we have Chicago St, the least attractive candidate. The one perk this school has is that they are in Chi-town and won't stretch the footprint at all. They are the last resort--NKU of the A-Sun might even get considered before them as the Norsemen would be a geographic rival/travel partner for Wright St.
They didn't seem interested in IPFW or IUPUI, the names on the list for Horizon 12 were, UMKC, NKU, Robert Morris, Belmont, SIUE
Interesting list. I can see NKU and Rbt Morris. SIUE isn't a huge stretch of the imagination either accept that the OVC is a stable, comfortable home right now. Belmont might be tempted to come b/c of Butler's old tournament money but the OVC seems pretty comfortable to them right now. The one I really don't get is UMKC--this school voluntarily donwgraded themselves, shooting the Summit in the foot in the process. Both UMKC and Belmont would be geographic stretches in a conference that has a history of valuing compactness.
Was this your list or something you found somewhere?