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    Some movement -- is it too little too late?


    SAN BRUNO, Calif. – As part of the previously-adopted Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan, the West Coast Conference Presidents' Council has approved changes to men’s basketball scheduling as well as the format of the men’s and women’s basketball championships. The scheduling component was passed by the Presidents during their regularly-scheduled March conference call.

    “We are pleased to approve scheduling and other changes to WCC men’s basketball beginning next season,” said Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., President of the University of San Francisco and Chair, West Coast Conference Presidents' Council. "We are confident that these innovative adjustments will enhance access to the NCAA Tournament for the best programs of our marquee sport."

    The scheduling component of the Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan was first discussed as a group in June 2017, when ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi met with the West Coast Conference head coaches and athletic directors. The group met about how to best work within the current RPI system to maximize opportunities to get the most NCAA tournament teams with the best possible seeds. Following that meeting and with endorsement from the head coaches, the West Coast Conference Basketball Operations Cabinet began to explore how to adjust the Conference schedule in future years while also ensuring all 10 schools schedule non-Conference games in a manner benefitting all 10 teams and the WCC as a whole.

    Under the approved plan and beginning with the 2018-19 season, the West Coast Conference men’s basketball season will consist of 16 regular season games (eight home, eight away). Every institution will play seven WCC institutions twice, while playing one member at home and another away – based on approved criteria. Additionally, starting with the 2019-20 season, WCC men’s basketball programs will be required to compete in a multi-team event (MTE) each season, annually play more home games than away games, and schedule and play no more than two non-Division I opponents per season. In addition, the Conference must approve all “guarantee” games in which a WCC member is paid by an opponent to play at the opponent’s venue.

    Also beginning next season, the men’s and women’s championship format will change, whereby seeds 7-10 will compete in the opening round, seeds 5-6 will first participate in the second round, seeds 3-4 will first participate in the third round, and the top two seeds will play their first game in the semifinal round. Both the men’s and women’s championships will again take place concurrently at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

    “As the landscape changes and access to the NCAA Tournament becomes more challenging, we felt it was appropriate to make adjustments in the way we schedule both during Conference play and in the non-Conference portion of the season," said BYU head coach Dave Rose, chair of the WCC men’s basketball head coaches group. “Although it is unique for us to be playing fewer Conference games while other conferences are adding games to their schedule, the disparity in RPI from the top of our league to the bottom is larger than any other conference’s. We believe this approach will allow all 10 of our teams to schedule based on the current state of their program, and all 10 of us can go win more games – which will help everyone.”

    Passed in the fall by the Presidents’ Council, the Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan also includes changes to NCAA academic-based revenue distribution, men’s basketball unit revenue distribution, as well as an adjustment to the licensing of future Conference broadcast rights.

    About the West Coast Conference
    The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women’s beach volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit WCCsports.com or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports.

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    If GU remains in the WCC (I still think they will, after using the MWC offer as leverage), these are major improvements. More nonconference games for GU, better tournament format, and the seven dwarves being forced to step up scheduling.

    I assume the in-league scheduling would just be on a rotation? So at some future year we'd only play SMC once or BYU once? Or could the league just determine that the flagship programs should always play twice every year?

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    Approved last year and announced today...?



    http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-ba...032618aaa.html

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    Wow

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    It sounds like it was just passed -- probably a last ditch effort to keep the Zags around.

    "The scheduling component was passed by the Presidents during their regularly-scheduled March conference call."

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    WCC regular season schedule changes + also dropping a seven dwarves game in the quarterfinals > adding home and aways with Air Force and SJSU.

    Jus' sayin'

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    Makes me wonder what the "approved criteria" is --

    Every institution will play seven WCC institutions twice, while playing one member at home and another away – based on approved criteria.
    Sounds like the 2 bottom feeders will only get one game?

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    I realize that this decision benefits all, but Mark Few has been asking for an uneven league schedule for years so that GU can have more non-league games to play.

    Next step......NCAA tourney revenue payout restructuring?

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    The conference tourney thing is a HUGE improvement .... making us go and play three games was awful. Going back to the old way is a great thing. Hope we stay but if not oh well....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    Some movement -- is it too little too late?


    SAN BRUNO, Calif. – As part of the previously-adopted Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan, the West Coast Conference Presidents' Council has approved changes to men’s basketball scheduling as well as the format of the men’s and women’s basketball championships. The scheduling component was passed by the Presidents during their regularly-scheduled March conference call.

    “We are pleased to approve scheduling and other changes to WCC men’s basketball beginning next season,” said Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., President of the University of San Francisco and Chair, West Coast Conference Presidents' Council. "We are confident that these innovative adjustments will enhance access to the NCAA Tournament for the best programs of our marquee sport."

    The scheduling component of the Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan was first discussed as a group in June 2017, when ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi met with the West Coast Conference head coaches and athletic directors. The group met about how to best work within the current RPI system to maximize opportunities to get the most NCAA tournament teams with the best possible seeds. Following that meeting and with endorsement from the head coaches, the West Coast Conference Basketball Operations Cabinet began to explore how to adjust the Conference schedule in future years while also ensuring all 10 schools schedule non-Conference games in a manner benefitting all 10 teams and the WCC as a whole.

    Under the approved plan and beginning with the 2018-19 season, the West Coast Conference men’s basketball season will consist of 16 regular season games (eight home, eight away). Every institution will play seven WCC institutions twice, while playing one member at home and another away – based on approved criteria. Additionally, starting with the 2019-20 season, WCC men’s basketball programs will be required to compete in a multi-team event (MTE) each season, annually play more home games than away games, and schedule and play no more than two non-Division I opponents per season. In addition, the Conference must approve all “guarantee” games in which a WCC member is paid by an opponent to play at the opponent’s venue.

    Also beginning next season, the men’s and women’s championship format will change, whereby seeds 7-10 will compete in the opening round, seeds 5-6 will first participate in the second round, seeds 3-4 will first participate in the third round, and the top two seeds will play their first game in the semifinal round. Both the men’s and women’s championships will again take place concurrently at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

    “As the landscape changes and access to the NCAA Tournament becomes more challenging, we felt it was appropriate to make adjustments in the way we schedule both during Conference play and in the non-Conference portion of the season," said BYU head coach Dave Rose, chair of the WCC men’s basketball head coaches group. “Although it is unique for us to be playing fewer Conference games while other conferences are adding games to their schedule, the disparity in RPI from the top of our league to the bottom is larger than any other conference’s. We believe this approach will allow all 10 of our teams to schedule based on the current state of their program, and all 10 of us can go win more games – which will help everyone.”

    Passed in the fall by the Presidents’ Council, the Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan also includes changes to NCAA academic-based revenue distribution, men’s basketball unit revenue distribution, as well as an adjustment to the licensing of future Conference broadcast rights.

    About the West Coast Conference
    The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women’s beach volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit WCCsports.com or follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports.
    interesting. 1 and 2 seeds go straight to semi finals in vegas. Zag
    fans wont have to show up untill monday afternoon. I am not sure the folks the run the Orleans are going to like this. will definitly effect thier bottom line.

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    WCC public Marriage counseling We can work it out ....No No honey your butts not that big...

    Passed in the fall by the Presidents’ Council, the Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan also includes changes to NCAA academic-based revenue distribution, men’s basketball unit revenue distribution, as well as an adjustment to the licensing of future Conference broadcast rights.

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    Yes-- the same way we discussed the negative impact to the top teams in the WCC tournament when the WCC took away the byes for the top seeds.

    At the time the WCC attitude was "we need to take care of the lower end teams and we are really not concerned about what the top teams say." Times are changing it sounds like.

    How long do they stay this way -- until they can sign ESPN to another tv deal (if they can keep the Zags around).

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    Stay Zags!!!!!!! Wait for a bigger opportunity MW really isn’t that good tbh
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    Its too late; the golden egg had already hatched and the chick is ready to fly away. The last gasp from a conference staring at its own impending irrelevance?

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    Just gave the Zags all of the leverage they need to sign a solid deal (better deal) with the MWC or to stick with the WCC -- things are looking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    Just gave the Zags all of the leverage they need to sign a solid deal (better deal) with the MWC or to stick with the WCC -- things are looking up.
    +1

    Let the bidding begin!!!

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    Thanks for the heads up, MBA.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strikenowhere View Post
    Its too late; the golden egg had already hatched and the chick is ready to fly away. The last gasp from a conference staring at its own impending irrelevance?
    What frustrates me, is that we don't have a conference that thinks like our program. It's like the loser dating option that promises to get their act together as long as you stay. Knowing full well they'll just be back to not looking for a job, watching Netflix all day, and eating all the food, while you're out there crushing it so you can have a nice retirement.

    I don't know what Roth and Few are thinking, so I don't know if this is enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagceo View Post
    ....No No honey your butts not that big...
    Don't call me honey in public and yes it is too big.

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    Additionally, starting with the 2019-20 season, WCC men’s basketball programs will be required to compete in a multi-team event (MTE) each season, annually play more home games than away games, and schedule and play no more than two non-Division I opponents per season. In addition, the Conference must approve all “guarantee” games in which a WCC member is paid by an opponent to play at the opponent’s venue.
    I wonder how this works while they are trying to boost RPI? There must be some good reason for this stipulation but I'm not seeing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    +1

    Let the bidding begin!!!
    Craig Thompson is about to lay the boom. Zags are going to get their own ESPN deal, at least 50% of tourney shares, and Lifetime byes against San Jose State, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsmoove View Post
    Craig Thompson is about to lay the boom. Zags are going to get their own ESPN deal, at least 50% of tourney shares, and Lifetime byes against San Jose State, LOL!
    State schools and Football money come in handy when ya gotta go deep into the pocket!

    2 weeks of this could get spendy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagceo View Post
    State schools and Football money come in handy when ya gotta go deep into the pocket!

    2 weeks of this could get spendy
    Agreed, and i think for that very reason, Gonzaga stands to gain quite a bit from this process from a revenue standpoint. Mike and Mark know what they are doing, and i will 100% support their decision regardless of the result.

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