Is Valpo the big sticking point for the IUPU schools? If so, ...how long will Valpo be sticking around the HL? They fit in the current MVC, A-10, BE(kind of). Does anyone see them jumping to a better league anytime soon?
Naw, Valpo is not the sticking point. IUPUI and IPFW do not fit the academic profile and mission of HL schools. Contrary to what may be popular belief, the HL has quality academic institutions (public and private alike) that at the moment, neither IUPUI nor IPFW comes up to. No they are not jumping to another conference. Their facilities are not quite up to par yet.
Can we describe your theory on the HL as...adding 3 schools to get to 12? And can we list those three as: Belmont, NKU, and someone from the list of Evansville, Bellarmine, SIU Edwardsville, ....and was there anyone else feasible from the south side of the equation?
Yes...adding 3 schools to get to 12. From the list of Belmont, Murray State, Evansville, Lipscomb, NKU and Robert Morris.
If that is where everything stands....I guess the only question left is....when? Two years for NKU, four years for Belmont....and whomever is left? Correct, or was my math off? ...barring any defections before then.
That is the approximate timetable. Granted, everthing could blow up in the HL's face as it did two years ago when they were set to announce a number of schools, but Butler bolted, causing cold feet for the prospective new additions. This time, the HL and its Executive Board are playing it safe.