Since being kicked out of CUSA and joining A-10 in 2003, St. Louis U has hoped the A-10 would be a springboard for reuniting with some Catholic schools (namely the NEW Big East).
Despite recent BB success in a premier league, SLU has no real geographic rivals (you have to skip over the states of Illiinois and Indiana just to get to Dayton,
and then another 300 miles to get to Duquesne in Pittsburgh.
Since the Big East invitation doesn't appear to be on the horizon, might SLU entertain an invitation from the MVC at this point ?
Some recent games vs. SIU - Carbondale and others (somewhat LOCAL) drew nice crowds, and the MVC coaches made note that SLU would be a natural fit....
I like the idea of the Mo Valley making some improvements....
But first...can someone please explain why the Mo Valley is split into fb and non-fb? I'm certain there is some logic to it....though, it escapes me at this time. Why don't they look to combine the two?
I would like to see more members in both sides of the conference....ie: YSU or a Dakota school get invited to the non-fb side.
To make a splash...how about something like this(merging previously mentioned schools):
add----YSU and SLU, or YSU and Belmont.
Or a big splash:
add---YSU, NDSU, SLU and Belmont.
On paper....this Mo Valley Conference would sit pretty well.
All Sports: Youngstown, Illinois State, S. Illinois, Mo. State, NDSU, Indiana State, N. Iowa
Non-Fb: Drake, Bradley, SLU, Belmont, Evansville, Loyola, Wichita State
FB only: W. Illinois, S. Dakota, SDSU