Gary Parrish on VCU and the growing gap with BCS schools


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Apr 19, 2009
I'm sure many of you read the Parrish article on the lack of money for mid-majors based of the A-10's moving of their head offices to Newport News. Well a Dayton blogger followed up with Gary Parrish on the issue and here is what he had to say:

GP: The problem is that it's not that simple. I'm sure VCU would love to commit the resources to keep Jeff Capel from going to Oklahoma and Anthony Grant from going to Alabama, but they simply don't have the resources to commit. And it's not like OU and UA have those resources because of basketball. They get the money to buy VCU's coaches from revenue produced thanks to football, and, more specifically, from being in a BCS league. So that's the problem. If VCU was in the Big 12 or SEC, it wouldn't lose its basketball coaches to the Big 12 and SEC. The conference affiliation makes it difficult to compete. For proof, consider that Memphis and Xavier (perhaps the two best non-BCS programs) both lost their coaches this season, and they replaced them with assistants. Memphis -- coming off four Sweet 16s and with a $250 million arena that is sold out every game -- couldn't get Baylor's coach, Tennessee's coach, USC's coach or Florida State's coach to leave the BCS. That should tell you something.

The rest of the interview can be found here:

Pretty interesting stuff. Of course I'm beating a dead horse with an issue that has been rehashed over and over, but at least it's nice to get recognition as a school that's battling for a place with the BCS schools on the basketball stage.
thanks for coming back db, I actually have something to read lol