Horizon League Expansion May 3, 2012 6:24:18 GMT -5
Post by Willie on May 3, 2012 6:24:18 GMT -5
You obviously haven't been following the conference expansion rumors very much then. The CAA's 2 top schools, are also considering a move to the A-10. If both VCU and George Mason end up leaving for the A-10, the CAA will be a horrible conference and would make a move to the HL a very attractive offer to Drexel. that is especially true considering Drexel would be the only remaining school in that conference that doesn't play football.
Conferences expand into new markets to get their foot in the door in those markets. They don't need to add the top dog in that market to make it a good move. Fordham is one of the worst programs in the country, but the A-10 is happy to have them in the conference because they keep them in the NY media market and help all of their schools recruit in that state. The Big 10 has been considering adding Rutgers to their conference for several years now. Rutgers doesn't get any real media attention in New York, but the Big 10 is considering them because it opens the door for them. The A-10 is more than happy to add Butler. They get less media print in Indy than ND, IU, Purdue, the Pacers, and the Colts.