"All hail conference realignment! Davidson the great is gone!"—Coaches at all of the other Southern Conference schools.
(What's that you say? In place of Davidson, we now have to contend with the team that beat Duke in the 2014 NCAA tournament as well as the team that led the nation in scoring last season? Son of a...)
Out of the frying pan and into the fire, as it were.
Davidson won at least a share of 13 of the last 18 SoCon regular-season championships and represented the conference in the NCAA tournament seven times in less than two decades. But the Wildcats' departure from the minor conference doesn't exactly mean we'll be seeing Citadel or Furman competing for banners.
Mercer was more than just a one-hit wonder, having won at least 24 games in three consecutive seasons. The Bears lose a ton of seniors this summer, but Bob Hoffman will have that team ready to compete once again.
VMI was the other major acquisition for the SoCon—not because the Keydets are some sort of annual powerhouse, but their uptempo style of play could be extremely menacing in a new conference unaccustomed to their game.
And let's not forget the third new addition to the conference. East Tennessee State hasn't been particularly good over the last three years, but the Buccaneers did finish above .500 in the Atlantic Sun in all but one of the past nine seasons.
For both ETSU and VMI, realigning to the SoCon is a bit of a homecoming parade as both were members of the conference as recently as the 2002-03 season.
Speaking of homecoming...