Re: A10 opening
If Butler goes A10 then I don't think Xavier/Dayton/etc will leave the A10. The A10 is already a consistently 7-9 ranked bball conference. Personally, I think it would be a mistake if GMU and/or VCU...or even ODU were asked to join and they said no (assuming there was strong indication xavier/dayton would stay).
But it can be iffy moving to a stronger league...VCU moved to the metro and hung in the lower middle. But I don't think the A10 is really a super jump in competition except for 2-3 school that are highly competitive. Plus, GMU, VCU, ODU (vomit) have all been at/near the top of the CAA for awhile now.
How great would it be to move from a single bid league with a couple of year with mostly 2 total bids to a league that has consistent multiple bids each and every year. If Umass and UNCC leave, I say jump on it if they ask. Schools can always field a football team later IMO.
And hey, the ACC had football....but for years and years and years only basketball mattered in the ACC. Heck it is still top dog!
But for UNCC to move up their football to the sunbelt is a real smack in the face to their basketball program. You are moving from a 7th ranked bball conference into the upper teens!
EverRespect was quoted as saying, "Face it, VCU is a better team and the scary thing is they are all freshman and sophomores other than Burgess. It may be a long time before we beat them again."