S.I.: Wichita State to AAC, early as 2017-18

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  1. carvers4math

    carvers4math Well-Known Member

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    Son in Wichita has said there have been rumors about this for a while, as well as the possibility of adding football again at WSU, although he thinks their stadium is pretty small. Guessing they could get some corporate sponsor to cough up some money if they wanted to go that route though. They would have much better basketball competition though.
     
  2. Daserop

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    Smart move by Wichita State.
     
  3. Clonefan32

    Clonefan32 Well-Known Member

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    Gotta think the ADs office is pushing to get them on TV anymore. Need some additional revenue to help with that massive contract.
     
  4. carvers4math

    carvers4math Well-Known Member

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    Won't the Koch Brothers just keep shoveling them money?
     
  5. Cyballzz

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    Exactly. A Move to the MAC sounds like a fine plan for UNI but what does the MAC actually gain by adding them?

    If you are going to divide an already meager pie even further you damn well better add some value ($$$$) to the conference.
     
  6. Cyinthenorth

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    As a UNI alum (but Cyclone fan first!) I'd be thrilled to see them join the MAC. But unless the school has fallen into some money that I haven't heard about it, I don't know how it would be possible.

    Hard to see what the MAC could stand to gain from it, a footprint into Iowa recruiting perhaps? Not that there's a hot bed of talent, but certainly there are MAC-level athletes all across the state.

    UNI could move up to FBS football, which I think would help with the attendance issues. FBS is way more interesting than FCS (duh) I think I went to just two football games (both homecoming) in 3 years of being a student there, and one I left at halftime because it just didn't interest me a whole lot. Think of the fact, too, that when they beat ISU as they occasionally do, we aren't losing to a freaking FCS school at least....not that losing to a MAC school makes you feel that much better.
     
  7. FarminCy

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    UND is already headed to Summit. It was announced awhile ago. UND's hockey program is by far the biggest program in the state and will be the biggest program in that conference even though Summit doesn't host hockey. Their hockey program brings in money.
     
  8. FinalFourCy

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    It's a tough blow for the Valley but a good move for all the teams in the Valley imo. It was already effectively a 1-bid league to anyone other than WSU. Now instead of needing to beat WSU in the MVC tournament to get an invitation they just need to beat each other.
     
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  10. cyIclSoneU

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    It is not good for the Valley, it is awful for the Valley. The Valley drops from one of the best-of-the-rest conferences to a run of the mill mid- to low-major now. This will cost all of their schools money and exposure. I would doubt CBS will continue to show the Arch Madness final when that contract comes back up.
     
  11. cygrads

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    Am I the only one that thinks WSU probably won't do that much better (seeding wise) than what they have gotten? Instead of having a gaudy record with only 2 or 3 losses in the MVC they will probably have 6 or 8 losses which will put them round the same seeding they have always gotten. Should be interesting to see how this works out.
     
  12. LLCoolJansma

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    It would be terrible blow for the MVC to lose their only national program. That said it could easily be a positive for UNI and Drake IMO. Currently WSU is so dominate in the conference it is essentially a one bid league, due to the money and recruiting advantage they have over the rest of the league. They are/were set up to be the only relevant program for the next decade.
    Them moving would allow for the instate schools to build and realistically fight for the NCAA bid and exposure. Someone would need to take over the crown may as well be UNI or Drake..
     
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  13. FinalFourCy

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    They were already run of the mill. That's why WSU jumped to the best of the rest.

    Bad for the conference, good for the teams in the conference. The MVC was already a wasteland. Nothing is better for those type programs than consistently getting to the tournament.
     
  14. heitclone

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    The only thing UNI would have on UMASS is UMASS wasn't a full member, I think they were a football only member due to being so far off the MAC footprint. UNI would bring all sports and at least borders a state already in the leagues footprint. I think the move would be a ways down the line but UNI would be a better fit IMO. UMASS was a half assed member, who didn't even bring the best programs to the MAC. UNI would be all in and has programs that would compete from day one.
     
  15. CyForPresident

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    Fair enough, but there is no way the MAC wants UNI. That is a Michigan/Ohio conference (9 teams in those 2 states)
     
  16. DesMoinesCy

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    Losing to a MAC school looks a lot better perception-wise than losing to a FCS school, even though the Top 10 or FCS schools are better than some of the lower-division MAC teams.
     
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  20. Acylum

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    Adding UNO just to " regain the Omaha market" would be a dumb move IMO.
     

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