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Team Oosik
01-16-2011, 07:59 PM
Seattle plays Idaho, EWU, Cal State Northridge, UC Davis, Utah Valley and Portland State twice this season. Strange. Why?

Imagine if GU scheduled Seattle twice in one season. Or, WSU or Memphis twice? Heck, seems like it could be a win-win for both programs (rpi, tv contracts, etc). How cool would it be to see Michigan State at home AND away next season?

Zag 77
01-16-2011, 08:55 PM
SU is an independent without a league. They have trouble lining up games once everybody starts league play. The need to get in to the Big Sky or WAC.

Team Oosik
01-17-2011, 04:44 AM
Understand but why would the conference be "nice" and play them twice unless they are having trouble themselves. Conferences have a lot more leverage over Independents (in most cases). Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami being an exception to the argument.

Are they simply scouting which conference they would like to join?

Rangerzag
01-17-2011, 05:56 AM
I don't know how tough it is for Seattle U to schedule, but maybe they are having trouble getting teams to play. It isn't like ordering from a menu, the other team has to agree to play and have time to do it.

Nevtelen
01-17-2011, 09:32 AM
Understand but why would the conference be "nice" and play them twice unless they are having trouble themselves. Conferences have a lot more leverage over Independents (in most cases). Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami being an exception to the argument.

Are they simply scouting which conference they would like to join?

It's not that weird. I doubt they're scouting conferences - they're really not in a position to be able to make a choice. If a conference comes calling, they are going to jump at the chance. Probably some of those teams were having trouble finding reasonable games. Seattle represents a (fairly) short trip for most of those schools compared to other opponents they might have found. Also, those teams presumably get a home game out of the deal, too. An in-season home-and-home is pretty common. That many is a little rare, but probably Seattle U was trying to mimic conference play where you see every team twice.