College Basketball: C-USA Gains Six New Schools in Offseason
This is getting crazy.
So far, the 2012 college basketball offseason has been eventful and intriguing. Earlier this week, the Butler Bulldogs announced they would leave the Horizon League to join La Salle and Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic Ten.
Out in the west, Utah State and San Jose State have recently moved to the Mountain West, after leaving the WAC.
And then comes the C-USA.
After Georgia State left the CAA for the Sun Belt in early April, Conference USA has added five new schools. A confirmed source reported that FIU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Texas San-Antonio, and Charlotte are leaving their conferences for the C-USA. Old Dominion is still undecided.
C-USA was forced to add teams, as Houston, SMU, UCF and Memphis all left to join the Big East. The WAC and Mountain West are basically trading teams, but the real loser in these moves is the CAA.
When the conference lost Georgia State, no one really thought about it. The Panthers moved to the Sun Belt for football reasons, a weakness of the CAA. Old Dominion isn't like Georgia State, however.
The Monarchs are perennial favorites to win the CAA in College Basketball, and with the CAA potentially losing ODU is almost like the ACC losing Duke or North Carolina. The conference is getting weaker and weaker.
Drexel's strength of schedule will get worse and worse, with teams like Hofstra, William & Mary, Towson and James Madison clogging the bottom spots in the conference.
It gets even worse. A report earlier this year said that VCU and George Mason were expected to join the Atlantic Ten in 2013, absolutely diminishing the credibility of the conference. The Rams and Patriots have been members since the late 80s and early 90s.
The Atlantic Ten has to be the real winner in this scuffle, gaining Butler and possibly VCU or George Mason. Another rumored candidate to replace Charlotte and Temple is Creighton But the Jays are a terrible geographic fit, so the move is very unlikely.
Losing Charlotte isn't the biggest loss, but the Temple move will certainly haunt the conference for years to come.
Fans keep asking me "Why?," but the answer is simple. These moves are all about money. Charlotte and Georgia State switched conferences because of their new football programs. College football drives in much more money than basketball, so the reason is understood.
For the record, Texas State left the WAC after only one year, before joining the Sun Belt.
The winners are obvious, folks. The C-USA should be parading, while the A-10 is glorifying the chance to go to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The CAA, however, is in grave danger of losing the credibility of their conference.
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