did it. The Bluejays accepted an invitation to join a new version of the old Big East. They will play in a major conference that has its postseason tournament in Madison Square Garden
. They’re now in a league with nothing but private schools, most of them Catholic, most of them big-time basketball programs.
At least for the short term, Creighton will have more money, more national exposure and more prestige.
How are Wichita State
basketball fans supposed to feel about this? Should they also be dreaming of leaving the Valley for bluer skies, just as Tulsa (1996), Louisville
(1969) and Oklahoma State (1957) did before Creighton?
No. WSU is not in a spot – geographically or metaphorically – to leave the Valley any time soon. And make no mistake, Creighton’s decision hurts WSU. Not only are the Shockers losing their biggest rivalry in men’s basketball, but for other sports too. (Google “Jim Audley” and “the throw” if you want proof.)
Whether or not Creighton leaving may eventually be a good thing for WSU remains to be seen – and it depends mainly on what the Valley does from here.
Commissioner Doug Elgin wished the Bluejays well after their announcement this morning, and assured everyone that he and his council have been “proactively engaged in evaluating membership options.”
Elgin will say more on a teleconference this afternoon. If anyone should be hanging on his every word right now, it’s a WSU fan.
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