Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Soapbox #2: Trim the Fat

Well folks, it's gotten to that point.. The Big East is getting too large for it's own good. As much as it would have pained me to say this in the past; it's time to trim the fat. I for one don't understand the purpose of DePaul being in the Big East. They do not bring anything to the table from a competition standpoint and traveling to and from Chicago can be a nightmare, especially in the the winter months. Yes, you could make the same argument about Marquette, but they bring something to the table competition wise that DePaul hasn't yet, and probably will never. There is no excuse for going through the entire Big East season without a win, which is a very real possibility for the Blue Demons at this point. It should also be noted that DePaul does not have a Football program, which makes it much easier for the Big East to sever ties. I'm hoping that Mike Tranghese's successor as commish takes a long, hard look at the viability of keeping schools like DePaul in the Big East when they offer nothing but a hassle to the other teams in terms of travel.


  1. Suggestion: Drop DePaul / Add Memphis.

    Lets see how good Calipari's teams are in this conference.

  2. that's a pretty good idea.. Because he wouldn't be able to guarantee his recruits a 30 win season. maybe it would also force him to up his level of discipline which is already nonexistent.

  3. Discipline :: Calipari
    Winning :: ______________

    A) Rutgers
    B) DePaul
    C) Boston College
    D) Rider

  4. VUHoops...the Chicago market? With ESPN covering nearly all Big East games, this isn't as important as it used to be. Most Chicagoans are probably watching Marquette and Notre Dame anyway...not DePaul.

  5. I like the idea of Dayton or even Xavier. And as for the Chicago market.. There are nationally marketable teams in UConn, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Cincinatti, hell even Villanova has some national marketability. Chicago is a pro town anyway.