The New York Post, the paper of record for people that take the time to pick their own Lotto numbers, is reporting that the Catholic Seven have once again hit the mattresses — meeting in secret to decide the fate of their New World Order.
Lenn Robbins, an absolute fool, reports the following:
With that in mind, the presidents of the Atlantic 10 Conference have scheduled a meeting for Thursday with the intent of trying to solidify commitments from their membership, The Post has learned. According to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting, the A-10 is well aware league members Dayton, St. Louis and Xavier, have “one foot out the door,” to join the Group of Seven in a new conference.
Those three programs have poured millions of dollars into their programs in recent years for new facilities, increased budgets and higher coaches’ salaries. Butler, which has done the same, including a renovation of venerable Hinkle Fieldhouse (where many of the famous scenes from the legendary movie “Hoosiers” were filmed), is another school on the Big East group’s wish list.
Apparently the Catholic Seven are huge cinemaphiles. The priests were said to enjoy the “shorty-shorts” the players in Hoosiers wore.
A Post source also said Creighton has been contacted by representatives of the seven Catholic schools that are leaving the Big East. The Group of Seven is looking to add five teams to get to a 12-team league with Eastern and Western Divisions.
Creighton, located in Omaha, Neb., could join with Butler, Dayton, DePaul, Marquette, St. Louis and Xavier in a Western Division. Duquesne also has emerged as a school of interest because it would get the Group of Seven back into Pittsburgh and it has upgraded its facilities with the opening of the Power Center in 2007.
St. Mary’s, from the San Francisco area, and Gonzaga, from Seattle, are also possibilities, but the Group of Seven would have to weigh the travel costs for non-revenue sports against the merits of the two highly respected men’s basketball programs.
Sources around college basketball said there is a place for a retooled Big East Conference, but those who are waxing poetic about a return to the good old days are off base. Even if the Group of Seven retains the Big East name, the appeal of what once was the premier basketball league in America is gone.
For whatever reason, I refuse to believe that the C7 are seriously considering schools out West like Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. It would seem to contradict everything this new league is supposedly attempting to accomplish. Which is of course to make barrels and bushels of straight cash, homie. Flights out to California ain’t cheap.
Regardless, things seem to be progressing at a fairly rapid pace. Let’s all hold hands and sew our pants together.
Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.