VCU BB: CAA vs. A10

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Here we go again: should/could we consider a move to another conference; if so, what's possible. Most reasonable "potential" options include 1) A10, 2) Conference USA, or 3) altered/expanded CAA.

RamNation posts have discussed all options often, but for giggles here let's focus on A10. The A10, headquartered in Newport News, VA actually consists of 14 schools for men's bb: http://www.atlantic10.com/genrel/103009aac.html#.

This article in RTD outlining why our West End brothers at U of R left the CAA to join A10 does prompt reflection, even if debatable: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/s...etball/article/URBB02_20100201-212603/321632/
I prefer VCU in CAA vs. only us joining A10, which with our addition as is would really make it A15. I do not find most teams in the conference considerably more "appealing" to watch than the more local CAA teams. VCU moving just to enhance the possibility of obtaining an at-large NCAA bid holds little appeal to me, without other schools or other realignment. Pushing CAA to become better is more appealling.

If A10 dropped a few existing members and added VCU, ODU, GMU to arrive back to a total number of members at or below their present A14 number, then might it be worth considering? Football is a major wild card I'm not addressing, period.

This debate never ends, and won't this year. So win out Rams, until better options appear.
 
If VCU were ever offered admission into the A-10 they should take it. Random thoughts...


- The A-10 is stronger on a year to year basis and from top to bottom than the CAA.

- If Xavier, Dayton, Charlotte and Temple come to the Stu, the fans will still fill the place. 4,500 came out in a foot of snow for freak'n GSU.

- It would increase our recruiting profile IMO.

- UR would oppose it I am sure. No way they want us in the A-10.

- GMU would make more sense for the A-10 than ODU because they don't have a football program.

- VCU and UR back-to-back on a Richmond swing would make for efficient scheduling by the other A-10 teams.

- The A-10 tournament venue is more modern, is in an entertaining town, and is in an accessible location (Atlantic City).

- A-10 would give us a better chance for at-large berths.

- 10+ years down the road it would also provide a potential ramp into a true "major" basketball conference.

Of course the down-side is the association with anything related to Jersey. :lol:
 
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I was thinking about the A-10 after reading that St. Louis article about the coach thinking a move to the MVC or whateve would make sense for them.
 
As long as there are threads on this board featuring articles on UR's move to the A10 (and how it gives them enhanced hopes of an at-large) and as long as the majority of us complain about the CAA (which we do), then this is relevant...even if it has been discussed before!
 
Part of the argument in favor of the CAA is sticking with the close rivalry or rivalry-lite schools, but we've been in separate conferences before and still managed to schedule ODU, and regularly rotate GMU, JMU, and W&M in and out over the years just like we've kept the series up with the ticks since they left.

Sure, we wouldn't care all that much about playing Duquesne, or LaSalle... but do we really care about playing Hofstra, Towson, Northeastern, Delaware, Drexel, or Georgia State? (when we do care, it's because it relates to the standings, which would apply to whichever conference we're in)


I'd like to see a trade, VCU and GMU... two quality basketball/no football schools ...for ur and UMass ...two schools already in the CAA for football anyway
 
I'm still waiting for that CAA/A10 super conference with...

VCU
ODU
Mason
Charlotte
Dayton
UMass
Richmond
St. Joe's
Temple
Xavier
Rhode Island
and ....wait for it....JMU
 
Natty said:
I'm still waiting for that CAA/A10 super conference with...

VCU
ODU
Mason
Charlotte
Dayton
UMass
Richmond
St. Joe's
Temple
Xavier
Rhode Island
and ....wait for it....JMU
This would be ridiculous.
 
vcubanana said:
Natty said:
I'm still waiting for that CAA/A10 super conference with...

VCU
ODU
Mason
Charlotte
Dayton
UMass
Richmond
St. Joe's
Temple
Xavier
Rhode Island
and ....wait for it....JMU
This would be ridiculous.

This would be freakin sweet... can't you use your VCURamnation clout to make this happen?
 
Natty said:
I'm still waiting for that CAA/A10 super conference with...

VCU
ODU
Mason
Charlotte
Dayton
UMass
Richmond
St. Joe's
Temple
Xavier
Rhode Island
and ....wait for it....JMU


JMU, ODU would probably stay in the CAA because of football.
 
If & when they expand the tourney to 96, UR will be sick about not being in the CAA and we will be happy...if & when
 
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