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Conference geography still drawing the ire of coaches

We've talked about Hofstra's dubious membership in the CAA a few times on this blog. My colleague Steve Marcus has written several stories and columns on the subject.

But Hofstra isn't the only school playing in an unfavorable conference. St. Louis Bilikens' coach Rick Majerus has openly pleaded with his school administration to leave the Atlantic 10. 

Click here for his latest rant on

St. Louis and Hofstra aren't the only teams facing these types of issues. Charlotte, also a member of the Atlantic 10, is the southern most team in the conference and has to travel a million miles for many of its road games.

Northeastern, located in Massachusetts, has the same travel issues as Hofstra.

Boston College plays in the ACC. Although the Eagles wanted the prestige of playing in the ACC and doesn't seem to mind the travel. Even in the Big East there are geographical oddities. South Florida has to travel a long way for its road games. 

In a perfect world St. Louis would be playing in the Missouri Valley Conference or perhaps the Horizon League. But would that help or hurt the Bilikens on the basketball court? The Atlantic 10, which has long established itself as a multi-bid conference, could get as many as five teams in the NCAA Tournament.  

The Missouri Valley isn't on the Atlantic 10's level.

But Majerus isn't as concerned about his program's NCAA Tournament possibilities. He's more worried about his team's academic progress.

Academics should always be the top priority.


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