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GW's AD says Atlantic 10 additions could be announced within a month or two

George Mason Basketball: GW's AD says Atlantic 10 additions could be announced within a month or two

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GW's AD says Atlantic 10 additions could be announced within a month or two

Today there was a statement from an Atlantic 10 athletic director about the conference remaining strong after Temple's departure. George Washington's AD Patrick Nero had this to say to the GW Hatchet:
“I think we all felt like the Temple departure was imminent, and so it’s almost like, whew, that’s over with. Time to move on,” Nero said. “And so we’re moving on and I think within the next month or two, the conference will have some announcements that will show that we’ll be as strong as ever.”
A month or two still might be early for any CAA teams to make any sort of announcement, as we talked about the other day. Still though, his words seem to suggest that they already have confidence strong basketball programs are coming and this is right after this news broke. Certainly adding Butler, VCU, and George Mason would warrant a "as strong as ever" statement. And it makes you wonder what other programs he could be talking about if those new additions aren't from the CAA? This isn't over yet.

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Anonymous CN said...

Something tells me that GMU isn't as interested. I've always had the impression that GMU wants to focus on their academic reputation, as opposed to their accomplishments athletically. It would be nice to see GMU join the A-10, but the fact that the BOV has turned down numerous proposals to expand their athletic dept (no I-AA football, lack of resources to men's b-ball even after the Final 4, etc) shows me that they're content to stick in the CAA.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous BP said...

Sadly, that is probably the case. It has been disappointing over recent years to notice how seemingly little this school cares about catering to athletics. It is why Larranaga left after all. Maybe we'll see a change in sentiment this time around, as a jump to the A-10 could only help our school's recognition, but let's not get our hopes up about this one. 

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

You mean Larranaga didn't leave simply for a larger paycheck?

4:31 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Well he didn't, so yeah

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

I was being sarcastic.  It looks like we're on the same page on this one.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Oh ok, sorry. Haha

5:12 PM  
Anonymous PiMpJoOsE said...

I think folks are also forgetting the changes coming to the leadership at the University as well.  The AD is probably the highest "remaining" administrator come July 1, who hasn't announced his retirement.  All the new folks will not feel an obligation to the CAA, and will solely look at this change in terms of dollars and cents.  I have no problem leaving $800K with the CAA this year in order to get nearly double that next year in the Atlantic-(16).  (It looks like the A10 will have nearly twice as many NCAA Tourney units paid as the CAA in 2013 ... and that's with "only" four more schools, at most, to split it with.)

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Greifie said...

 There really does need to be a sarcasm font.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Jmckend1 said...

Don't be too sure. Cabrera may place a premium on academics, but by all means he is a busniness man who may look at having a higher profile conference for athletics as the equivalent to a company adding an extra perk to lure in qualified employees (think about a company buying a skybox at a stadium to land top talent). He may actually see athletics as a natural springboard to more financial stability through higher applications which raises selectivity and thus the academic profile.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Dsndsn said...

One question I don't see addressed is how this issue will effect the new TV contract with the NBC Sports Network?  If you were Versus/ The NBC Sports Network you are not pleased with the possibility of losing the two top  TV draws from the conference. If the goal here to simply maximize the number of CAA teams in the NCAA BASKETBALL tournament, by all means, lets go then. All other all other financial considerations factors seem to weigh against the move however. For example,such a move would entail a massive increase increase in travel expenses by other non-revenue generating sport who would be forced into air travel rather than the bus, which the use at present. NCAA Tournament exposure would almost certainly increase, but so would the cost of EVERY NCAA sport that had to travel by air to the more geograpically distant locales of the A-10. Something a state school without  a large endowment or pool of alumni contributors needs to consider.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous PiMpJoOsE said...

I won't be surprised if this is an unpopular opinion, but I'd have no problem dropping some sports in order to make a move to the A10 a fiscally responsible one (and remain in Title IX compliance).

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Dsndsn said...

 I think that some "major" MEN'S sports would have to be dropped to remain. Let's's golf is a "gone-er" there still a Trap & Skeet Shooting team..(Started by Coach Lynn....yes there WAS a Coach Lynn, before Joe Harrington...his last year was 79-80)  If there is its a "gone-er" too. Plus one or two minor men's sports. Well, that's just the cost of progress, I guess.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Heyson said...

Well, I think a number of people are misreading which teams are most likely to bolt to the A-10. VCU is almost a lock, but which other CAA team has VCU considered it's biggest rival in the last 20 years? It's not George Mason, it's Old Dominion. Often as once school makes a change, the other often follows. VCU and ODU, in my opinion, are the two most likely to move.

1:31 PM  

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