bigbluefan1965 wrote:Okay, call me crazy if you want for suggesting this, but does anyone think an agressive Robert Morris may try to fill the voide in the Horizon left by Butler? The Colonials have certainly grown their basketball program the last several years and if they were willing to make the football commitment I'm sure the MVC football conference would love them as a cadidate, especially if some MVC football schools re-allign. Western PA to Ohio, Michigan, etc, is a lot better than being isolated in the Northeast Conference. and the Horizon is a better conference. My money is on RMU to be the first NEC team to leave for greener pastures followed by Quinnipiac to the America East.
On the surface, yes it sounds crazy - but after after a quick glance it isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
Travel wise it isn't too much better than the NEC. Sure, a few schools would be very close - Youngstown State, Cleveland State, Detroit-Mercy, Wright State. Even Valpo, UIC and Loyola (Il) are closer to RMU than CCSU QU, or Bryant. However, the 2 Wisconsin schools (Milwakee and Green Bay) are farther than any current NEC school.
Yes, the Horizon League is usally a "better" basketball league (by RPI), but I think it would increase their budget to compete. I also don't know much about other sports would be adversly affected (like MLax which the Horizon doesn't sponsor). Also, would the NEC allow RMU to stay in the NEC as a football-only affiliate?
Bottom line, I think RMU to the Horizon is a plausable scenario - but it is probably not very likely.
Quinnipiac isn't going anywhere yet. We will have to see what, if any teams from the AE leave for the CAA (if VCU and/or GMU also leave for the A-10).
Lots more stuff to happen, but I am confident our AD is on the case, if and when an opportunity arises for Central.