Fresno St. Alum wrote:
Butler to the A-10 is an illegal move by you they are in your new Midwest (which we are saying is better than the A-10 since X, STL, Dayton are in it.)
So you think the A-10 would go after lesser schools like Boston, Siena, Holy Cross. VCU is bad ass year in and year out. Temple never made the Final 4. Mason did. If every conf. has to add a new market all the time your conference will look like the WAC or GWC.
What about the pressure of the SBC wanting Denver to find a new home or maybe saying in the future you must have football. If no one wants them Sky, WCC where else but the Summit?
The CAA doesn't want another fb school they have 14. I put UNH in because they are a partial member(FB) Davidson, great southern bball school to help with the isolation of UNCW & Ga St.
Of all the conferences, the one I get the most info about is the A10 (since I started with any sports media while working in the sports department for radio in amherst). The schools I mentioned have been mentioned. The CAA schools that have had some buzz were ODU and a longshot, Hofstra. But Hofstra never gained much steam. After the A10, the most info I actually have ends up being in the region with the AE, CAA and Big East.
I can tell you for sure: the A10 wants NOTHING to do with (2) commuter schools like VCU or GMU. It takes more. The A10 is mostly private schools with the exception of UMass, URI, Temple and Charlotte. That's 4 or 14 schools. If the A10 were to ever go the state school route, you can be sure it wont' be commuter schools. The votes wouldn't be there. It's that simple.
Big picture: Siena, Boston University and Holy Cross are all superior to VCU and GMU if you are the A10 (mostly private schools), contrary to a couple good years by commuter schools VCU and GMU.
As for the CAA, again, 4 schools LEFT the AE so that they wouldn't have to play schools like UNH. The votes aren't there for UNH, nor is there any interest. The CAA made it clear that markets were their #1 concern with expansion. Northeastern was chosen for the Boston market and to secure the CAa football sponsorship. Northeastern trails BC, Harvard, UMass and BU in market coverage. They then took Georgia St. from the TAAC/A-Sun for the Atlanta market. Markets have been their goal.
As for SoCon schools leaving for the CAA: not so fast. If you recall, College of Charleston rejected an invite from the CAA (they were the #1 choice by UNCW to be a travel partner). CofC stayed in the SoCon since it was a better fit with georgraphy, mission and schools.
As for butler, yes. But for now it's more likely that there is a Big East split and Xavier is included since there would be 6 BE basketball schools that would likely keep the NCAA autobid (a new conference would not have an autobid). Xavier has been eyeballed by BE schools since 2003 when they first thoughts of a split became public.