Conference re-shuffling May 26, 2017 15:16:00 GMT -6
Post by Black PantherU on May 26, 2017 15:16:00 GMT -6
I don't see that happening. Here is what I have heard from the contacts I have around the conference. Take it for what it's worth.
Robert Morris will be team #10 added to the HL. It might be announced sometimes this summer but they cannot join until 2018/19. The want to join the HL but they have to iron out what they are doing with their football and lacrosse teams since we obviously don't sponsor those sports.
After that LeCrone is throwing sh*t at the wall and is seeing what sticks. He wants to get us to 12 teams by 2019/20 but doesn't have any good takers. IUPUI, IPFW, and D2 Southern Indiana want in. Belmont and Murray State have no interest in joining. New Mexico State, Grand Canyon, Omaha, UMKC, and Denver all have luke warm interest in joining.
My personal thoughts after talking to everyone I know is that we add Robert Morris next year and then IPFW and Southern Indiana the following year. Belmont and Murray State are a pipe dream. LeCrone may want to expand the conference out west but those schools won't get the votes needed to expand because of travel costs. We will settle on 2 Indiana teams to keep the conference geography tight because we have too many ADs worried about finances to see the big picture.
"I don't see that happening. Here is what I have heard from the contacts I have around the conference. Take it for what it's worth."
I have zero problem believing this.
Good lord this sucks.
Fort Wayne makes some sense, but they've only broken the 3,000 mark in average attendance once in the last 15 years, and that was in 2005-06. The school is in reshuffling and Purdue has decided to name it Purdue-Fort Wayne, which is just a crappy, crappy name for a university whose athletics program wants to represent the area.
The good news? They only have the Mad Ants to contend with in the area. They may be getting a new arena that will be on the city and county's dime, which isn't such good news for taxpayers in the city and county. That arena could cost $105 million, according to the latest estimates.
The basketball team would be attractive if the CIT had meaning here. It doesn't matter in the context of helping the Horizon League. They'd need to add 80k to their hoops expenses to bring them in line with Youngstown State.
I'll say this; their only conference title happened in 2016. They have made their only three postseason appearances in the last four years, albeit to the CIT. So while we can say they're not of the caliber program we're looking for, we should also concede that they're getting better.