Started by bjhracer, March 10, 2015, 09:10:11 PM
Quote from: "cowboyracer43"Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin, Murray and Belmont are all in the post-season. Next question: Who is not? SIUEdwatdsville, Southeast Missouri, Morehead, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State and Jacksonville State. Sad to say but the OVC and its administration had nothing to do with the failures of those seven to qualify for the post season. 60 some years ago, Morehead was a regular guest at the Big Dance, having even been a Final Four team (sorry Western, Morehead's history does not reveal a Dance DQ.) TTech was a dancer in the 1963 dance party under Coach Johnny Oldham, and, and, moving on . . .) Back when the Big Dance was a one bid/conference affair, either Western or Murray took the stage -- until Western bolted the OVC. Middle and Austin Peay shared the dance floor with Murray -- until the NCAA opened its doors to allowing regular season champs to join conference tourney winners at the dance. After that it seems no teams were eliminated during the first 30 games of the season. Oh, sorry, I forgot. Correction: No teams outside the SWAC and OVC were eliminated during the first 30 games of the season. I say return to the practice in vogue before it was possible to have two (or more) dancers per conference. No OVC post-season tourney. If the OVC tourney is a money-maker, simply ask Murray fans to send a $90.00 donation to the OVC -- the price of three tickets. Murray fans would save on transportation, meals, drinks and motel/hotel costs. (What was advertised? $300.00/night?) I also say get rid of the divisional format and have just one conference. If a 20 game season is just too much, then reduce it to 14 by inviting 4 teams to find another playground. Since many teams from Tennessee have been happy with relocating, perhaps the invitation should go to East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, oops correction. JaxState (who aspires to the SunBelt already) TSU, TTech, and another volunteer would fit my thinking. Then, if expansion is again taken seriously, we should look to, of all places, the Ohio River Valley. If there are folks who really like the OVC tournament, perhaps a Christmas tourney. I know, I know. We tried that and filled the Louisville Convention Center every session, every year -- except when a different city was selected. Oh. Christmas Tourney wins/losses would not count in conference standings.
Quote from: "bentonracer"Leaving the OVC takes money with all the travel expenses. The university doesn't have the extra money to make this happen so we are not going anywhere anytime soon.