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Old 05-17-2018, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jack72 View Post
Anyone, outside of the city of an A10 team, can be given a list of A10 schools and AAC schools and asked if they know these schools. The obvious result would be people know the AAC schools. So now apply that to recruits who are deciding whether to play against George Mason or Houston, LaSalle or SMU, Fordham or UC.

Now pretend that Dayton is in neither conference. In the next few years they are playing an out of conference schedule of the A10 teams and the AAC teams. Which games would get better TV coverage? Better attendance? Larger press coverage? Would draw your interest as a UD fan?
Football drives the bus in all the big- time conferences, including the AAC. Currently the conferences has 13 members....12 playing big-time BB and 12 FBS FB. I haven't heard any talk about a desire to add schools.

There is plenty of talk (and action) of elevating the AAC level of play to that of the Power 5 conferences. The AAC is pretty close in FB and added WSU to beef up BB. Continued strengthening is the primary focus...not expansion, as I understand it.

Also, with nine of the AAC 13 members being large public universities UD is not a good institutional fit.

I don't understand why UD and the other A10 schools that are demonstrating that excellence in men's BB is school priority do not organize a "mini-revolt" so to speak, i.e., band together to force change. A conference doesn't need 14 members. Schools that are content to play in antiquated, poorly maintained Div III-level facilities are sending the message loud-and-clear that top-tier BB is not a priority for them.....not as regards recruiting, coaching, post-season play, etc.

Excellence requires investment. If I see that a school refuses to invest at a level required for success the message is clear. Perhaps I just don't understand the politics, dynamics, etc., of conference operation. Perhaps the weak sisters in the A10 do not hurt Dayton is any significant way. I would love to hear Neil's view re this issue. If there are changes in A10 operation or composition that would benefit Dayton why aren't we aggressively pursuing them? Are we simply trapped in the conference with no viable alternative and little ability to effect change and improvement?
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