Tuesday, May 1, 2012
3-point shot: The Atlantic-10's coup
By Andy Katz
1. The Butler Bulldogs and the A-10 are expected to come a resolution within two weeks, according to at least one source close to the situation. The plan would be for Butler to join the A-10 for the 2013-14 season and replace the Temple Owls. Butler has always been the first choice for the A-10, once the Owls were on the move to the Big East. If A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade pulls this off it should go down as the second most significant basketball realignment coup behind the ACC getting the Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers from the Big East. The A-10 would be at 14 if it gets Butler. Expanding to 16, which isn't a necessity, is the only way the VCU Rams and George Mason Patriots come into the picture out of the CAA.
2. If the automatic qualifier is done for the BCS in college football then why did the Boise State Broncos join the Big East? Meanwhile, the WAC could be imploding, making Boise State’s move to the conference in all other sports highly suspect. The San Diego State Aztecs at least has its basketball program in a stable conference in the Big West while its football program is in the Big East. Boise State may have to reconsider its hoop location. Boise State’s Leon Rice was at Mountain West meetings this week. The MWC invited Boise, even though the Broncos are leaving. The Big East didn’t do the same with Syracuse and Pitt. Those two schools will head to the ACC meetings, even though they don’t play in that league until the fall of 2013 at the earliest.
3. The Virginia Tech Hokies' hiring of James Johnson was a surprise, considering he was an assistant with the Hokies two weeks ago before leaving for Clemson. Johnson may very well end up being the best choice, but athletic director Jim Weaver will need to answer if this was a short or long-term solution and whether he actually did a national search. Johnson has paid his dues as an assistant but he leaps into an ACC job at a time when the Hokies can’t afford to drop.