fighting muskie wrote:
If St Louis keeps having successful seasons and tournament runs I wonder at what point the Big East brass break down and decide to expand? It seems silly for them to ignore a successful program in a Top 25 media market that that shares the same religious heritage as 9 of the 10 current members. Is the question of who deserves to be #12 the issue that is holding the process up? Out of Dayton, Duquesne, Richmond, and VCU surely one of those could serve as a decent placeholder.
There has been some great debate on the future 2 heading towards the Big East. It appears that SLU is the front runner.
Based on the selections so far...I just don't see a non-private, non-Catholic school getting the bid. So if, the BE wants the city of Richmond....it will most assuredly be the U of Richmond.
I'm just not sold on the BE picking up another non-Catholic school. At least with Butler...they used to be Catholic, right?
I do like Dayton quite a bit for this situation. But, do understand the overlapping that has been mentioned as a draw back.
Of the ones listed...I guess that Duquesne is my favorite for the second spot to 12. Good sized market, not overly competitive, doesn't overlap other markets/schools, and plenty of history with other Catholic schools.
As a backup for the eastern schools....I still have Boston U and Loyola in Baltimore(even though there might be some market overlap) as two quality markets to grab. BU has a large student population and Loyola puts another foot on the eastern seaboard, which keeps travel down for everybody there.
Backups for the west...Detroit Mercy and....?Gonzaga? Gonzaga sure is far away.