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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:30 am 
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No doubt Lindenwood is very well funded. A year or two ago, they were talking about buying the Family Arena from the City of St. Charles to house their hockey team (and I suppose other indoor sports). Not sure what happened with that, but they continue to build brand new facilities on their campus.

So who is pushing UMSL to move up to D-1 ? Where are they going to get the money (I'm not aware of any wealthy boosters that are terribly active)... Then there's the question of what conference to join... OVC, MVC, Horizon, Summit ?


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Article from Merrimack College Mag discussing attempt by that D-2 school to try and join D-1.Link at http://magazine.merrimack.edu/athletics ... n-i-status


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Article out of Florence(previously posted in another thread)discussing attempt by D-2 UNA to jump to D-1.Link at http://www.timesdaily.com/sports/una_sp ... 5796f.html


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Article out of Naples(previously posted in another thread)with more info on possible UNA jump from D-2 to D-1.Link at http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/ ... k/94818146


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Article out of Naples(previously posted in another thread) reporting that D-2 UNA will be joining D-1 A-Sun and Big South at http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/ ... s/95041806


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HCSN blog article discussing three "potential" D-2 upgrades to D-1 at http://herosports.com/news/d2-programs- ... diana-pa#2


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CSNBBS thread discussing possible D-1 upgrades at http://csnbbs.com/thread-803099.html


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WAC site release(previously posted in another thread)announced that D-2 member CBU has been conditionally invited to the D-1 WAC at http://wacsports.com/news/2017/1/12/NEW ... 73725.aspx


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Article out of San Diego (previously posted in another thread)reporting that UCSD bid to join Big West in order to move up to D-1 has been rejected at http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/spo ... story.html


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I know UCSD has their hearts set on the Big West (so does Cal St. - Bakersfield), but if the main objective is to get to D-1, the WAC would take them in a heartbeat !
Might be a decent interim option....


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I know UCSD has their hearts set on the Big West (so does Cal St. - Bakersfield), but if the main objective is to get to D-1, the WAC would take them in a heartbeat !
Might be a decent interim option....

...but it would be a budget killer. The travel expenses in the WAC would be insane, with pretty much no TV money coming in to the schools. Flights to Seattle, Edinburg, Texas (is there even a decent airport there?) and Chicago would be crazy expensive for the Olympic sports. Meanwhile, 7 of the Big West schools are in southern California. 4 Big West schools are less than 100 miles from San Diego.


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Agreed - and the D-i move is apparently contingent on going to ONLY the Big West.

However, the article mentions the 6 year delay in eligibility in D-1, and an immediate move to ANY D-1 conference could start that process (if they figured that a Big West invitation would eventually come along).


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I know UCSD has their hearts set on the Big West (so does Cal St. - Bakersfield), but if the main objective is to get to D-1, the WAC would take them in a heartbeat !
Might be a decent interim option....

...but it would be a budget killer. The travel expenses in the WAC would be insane, with pretty much no TV money coming in to the schools. Flights to Seattle, Edinburg, Texas (is there even a decent airport there?) and Chicago would be crazy expensive for the Olympic sports. Meanwhile, 7 of the Big West schools are in southern California. 4 Big West schools are less than 100 miles from San Diego.

Doesn't it become more manageable with Chicago State most likely leaving and UMKC publicly stating it wants to leave? While the travel is still worse than the Big West it's better then it was. UC San Diego could market themselves with Cap State Bakersfield as dual expansion candidates.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:47 am 
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Not sure what is going on with Chicago State.

Apparently UMKC is regretting their ill-advised move, and a would welcome an invitation to the MVC or back to the Summit.

If somehow UMKC gets swept up in the Wichita State realignment cascade, the WAC may look at their situation, realize they need more numbers for the long haul,
realize that their core is out west, and go ahead and approach UCSD about becoming their Plan B.


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The question wil be is whether Chicago State can survive long enough for the WAC to harbor a second school transitioning from Division II. If Chicago State departs in 2018 as Cal Baptist joins, the WAC will be right back where it was, which is seven core members and one transitional member - the bare minimum under Division I rules. If Chicago State can hang on for another two to three years, the WAC can add another school from Division II.

Losing UMKC and Chicago State would likely be fatal to the WAC unless if it convince the Big Sky to give them Southern Utah, which in all honesty, may not be bad deal for Southern Utah, as they would have a 1/7 chance of dancing each year, and have comparable, if not better, geography than the Big Sky.


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