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    Today's edition of the S-R includes a Jim Meehan interview with new Gonzaga AD Chris Standiford. It touches on Few, NIL, Realignment, and the rejuvenation of GU's Athletic Hall of Fame

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    Q: Gonzaga’s name has surfaced recently in realignment chatter. The Big East could be a fit for basketball, but there are so many other considerations involved, including Creighton being the closest school to Spokane. Is there a way to make it work?

    CS: First and foremost, there’s a lot of change that’s going to happen in the next eight weeks, 18 months, that will inform a lot of these discussions. There will be some leagues that get larger and possibly express a larger geographic footprint.

    The Big 12 is certainly not done yet. Those things will all inform what the answer to that question is. If everybody stays in the traditional eight to 12 (range for membership) and doesn’t push into 16, that makes it more challenging. If you start looking at geography in a nontraditional way, I think there are a lot of things that are possible.

    Q: The Mountain West is apparently showing interest in GU again. Does BYU’s departure from the WCC change Gonzaga’s outlook?

    CS: It’s a super dynamic time. I don’t think there’s enough static analysis that can be done to make it just about BYU leaving the WCC and does that make the Mountain West a better alternative. It’s a time where we have to be very open to conversations and evaluating the landscape. Change will continue to happen. Making decisions won’t necessarily be made on known facts. You also have to evaluate what could happen next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Today's edition of the S-R includes a Jim Meehan interview with new Gonzaga AD Chris Standiford. It touches on Few, NIL, Realignment, and the rejuvenation of GU's Athletic Hall of Fame

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    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...-mark-fews-su/
    Admittedly with rose-colored glasses on this reads as Standiford is hesistant about the MWC due to more potential departures and that the Big East is the primary target if geography is looked at in a "non-traditional way".

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    Quote Originally Posted by strikenowhere View Post
    Admittedly with rose-colored glasses on this reads as Standiford is hesistant about the MWC due to more potential departures and that the Big East is the primary target if geography is looked at in a "non-traditional way".
    Yup. He defiantly keeping his finger in the wind.
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    Lots of corporate mumbo jumbo talk in new AD's fluff piece with the Spokesman. We need to more than just open to conversations. Zags need to forge their own path, be proactive and get what we want out of conference alignment. Time to make deals not sit around and evaluate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB4 View Post
    Lots of corporate mumbo jumbo talk in new AD's fluff piece with the Spokesman. We need to more than just open to conversations. Zags need to forge their own path, be proactive and get what we want out of conference alignment. Time to make deals not sit around and evaluate.
    True, but everything is "super." Just AD Speak. What, you were expecting Woodward, Bernstein & Meehan?

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