Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shaka Shocker: VCU joins Atlantic 10 Conference

The Atlantic 10 Conference is officially adding Virginia Commonwealth University as a member. VCU is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association. The press release can be found here.

According to the presser, the VCU Rams will "join the A-10 on July 1, 2012 and begin competition during the 2012-13 academic year. The immediate addition will bring the total number of Atlantic 10 members to 15 for the 2012-13 season. VCU fields 16 of the A-10’s 21 championship sports." VCU will essentially be replacing Charlotte, which is heading back to Conference USA.

Along with the addition of Butler to the A-10, the conference now boasts perhaps the two most promising young coaches in men's college basketball. Butler's head coach Brad Stevens brought the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament National Championship in 2010 and 2011. VCU's Shaka Smart coached the Rams to the Final Four in 2011.

Now that it's official, what do you think? Having another team from Richmond certainly sounds more "Atlantic" than Butler, which is in Indianapolis. Do you think our coach Mike Lonergan will lose any hair over this addition? Do you think this makes the A-10 the "the nation’s premier basketball-driven conference" as the presser claims? This writer is left to wonder how there is a Virginia Commonwealth University AND a Virginia State University at the same time. Are you a Commonwealth or a State? Make up your mind, Virginia!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pops is advertising Subway sandwiches

This is awesome. Mike Hall, relatives of Pops and others have been sharing this all over Facebook. Big time.

The King Whale Killer has also been having an awesome year in Europe. For example, he pretty much won everything while playing with Besiktas, one of the best Turkish clubs: his team won the Turkish Cup, won the Euro Challenge, which is the 3rd tier European tourney, and he won all this stuff:
Finals MVP: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Guard of the Year: Obie Trotter (186-PG-84) of Szolnok 
Forward of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Center of the Year: Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka 
European Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Import of the Year: Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon 
Defensive Player of the Year: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas 
Coach of the Year: Ergin Ataman of Besiktas 
Here's a bunch of photos of Pops being awesome, and here's Pops and others talking about the game.

Pops is a credit to the university.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Butler Did It!: Butler officially joins Atlantic 10 conference

We've heard plenty of rumors about this before, but now it's official: The Atlantic 10 Conference adds Butler University as a full member. Butler will be leaving the Horizon League. The press release can be found here.

According to the presser, Butler "will join the A-10 on July 1, 2013. The Bulldogs field 17 of the A-10's 21 championship sports and will begin competition in those sports starting with the 2013-14 academic year".

Butler will essentially be replacing Temple, which is jumping ship. The presser goes on to talk about how great Butler is and how they're bringing their tradition of excellence to the "best basketball-driven conference in Division I".

This writer finds it most interesting that they point out that Butler's joining the conference at the same time the conference will be in negotiations for their new TV deal. In an interview with USA Today, Butler's president said this move will give the university and their students more exposure to the big media markets in the A-10.

Now that it's official, what do you think? Indianapolis is pretty far away, and further brings to question the "Atlantic" part of the name. Do you think Coach Brad Stevens will be cut down to size a bit by the competition in the A-10, or do you think the Bulldogs will dominate the conference? Most importantly, what do you think this means for our Colonials?
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