The idea of a 16-team A-10 with Butler, Mason, and VCU is exciting as an A-10 guy.
Too bad it comes without Temple. I wish we had never invited Fordham and LaSalle and had a 16-team lineup with:
Temple, Xavier, Dayton, Saint Louis, Butler, VCU, Richmond, George Mason, St. Bona, St. Joe's, URI, UMass, Duquesne, GW, Charlotte and Davidson.
But what's driving me nuts about the realignment for the A-10 is all these stories online saying stupid **** that shows how little they actually know about the A-10 and it's quality of basketball.
"…if a move does happen, the Atlantic 10 would immedirately become the mid-major dream team"
Uh, no. We'd be adding the mid-major dream team to A MAJOR CONFERENCE. We're the only non-BCS league that averages 3 bids a season. "Mid-Major" means "conferences that sometimes get at-large bids." By current membership, A-10 has like 40% of all the non-BCS at-large bids since 1985. The A-10 AVERAGES three bids. We've had FIVE bids more than we've ever had one bid.
"Adding 3 programs of VCU, GM, and Butler’s stature sure does bring immediate respectability to the A-10."
No, I think that our members have 147 NCAA bids, 10 Final Fours and 21 Elite Eight appearances all-time is what brought respectability to the A-10 a long-ass time ago.
When your conference regular season champ gets a bid, regardless of winning the conference tournament, that's a respectable conference (WCC, MVC, CAA, Horizon, C-USA). If the eight-smallest school in the country can get an at-large because they're in your conference, that's a MAJOR conference.
It drives me insane. If we had mediocre football like the Big East, the media would be calling it "The Power Seven Conferences."
Don't you know you have to play in a BCS game to be a major conference.
So when UMass wins the BCS title game they'll talk about how they brought you up from the depths of hell. You should let the those writers know that iddy bitty conference had Temple and St.Joseph's and UMass as 1 seeds over the last 25 years.