fighting muskie wrote:
(NJIT) They are a bandaid fix and they aren't going to stay forever.
NJIT, isn't going to turn around and walk away from the only conference that was willing to give them a chance. They also, don't want to be Independent again...under any circumstance.
They paid their entrance fee....they won't just leave in a year...and lose all that money...plus, incur an exit fee.
They also, aren't going to get an invite from another conference...just because the A-Sun took them. If the NEC or AE wanted them....they would have invited them already. It is obvious that neither of those conferences are interested in NJIT. Which means...NJIT will be in the A-Sun for quite a while.
I see NJIT as more than just a band-aid.
A band-aid, is disposable and only useful for a short period of time. NJIT certainly isn't disposable to the A-Sun. Because the A-Sun values DI programs....maybe too much....but, the fact is...they DO. Also, the A-Sun knows....Lipscomb will be an obvious choice to replace Belmont in the OVC, should Belmont get the call from another league. Which means that the A-Sun is primed to lose another DI member...as soon as Belmont gets the call.
One question I have....If NJIT is good enough to get in....then why didn't they add them two years ago? It would have only strengthened the group...and may have kept NKU in the conference??
The A-Sun is used to having a unique footprint. Stretching into Texas or up to New Jersey is no big deal to them.
I would guess....that the A-Sun is hitting up every other DI program on the east coast...that has any desire at all to relocate. Like....Longwood, Radford, CoC, the UNC group, UMBC, UMEasternShore, Morehead, others?.....just to test the reactions of those schools. The A-Sun knows they need bodies, maybe not today, but soon. I think they will exhaust all the DI options...then look to DII.