Posted: 2/26/2013 4:51 PM
Posted: 2/27/2013 3:47 PM
BackNine wrote: However, to all the high-brow folks all over the country (even here) who constantly beat up WVU academics, give it a rest. If you want a good education, you can certainly get one there. Most educational experiences are what you the student make of it. Going to some place like Notre Dame doesn't ensure you of learning more or better info than going to WVU, ECU or Mt. Olive College for that matter. If you're inclined to learn - you will. And a school like WVU provides plenty of quality opportunity. WVU in particular is a poor state with limited resources. Its to their benefit to educate as many people as they can in hopes of lifting the educational level of their overall population. Like most places, they need jobs in WVA (but worse). They need for their "achievers" to remain in-state instead of going elsewhere. As such, they have an open enrollment policy to help accomplish these goals. For the state of West Virginia this is a smart strategy and the right move. They aren't trying to be Harvard (nor are we for that matter). I just get irritated with all the snobs around who want to claim that only certain schools provide good academics - that someone all the others are unworthy somehow. Rubbish! That's an elitist attitude that sounds a lot like some other groups we know. Furthermore, its just not accurate.
Posted: 2/27/2013 5:02 PM
RedLight wrote: RowanWolf wrote: This is why I say that eventually these mega-conferences are going to implode. One day, and I don't know when, tight geographic conferences will return. It's happened before. The old Southern Conference was the first mega-conference. Had close to two dozen schools. Some schools in the mid-Atlantic broke off and formed the ACC. Some schools in the deep South broke off and formed the SEC.The world is smaller than ever. Distance is not the factor it once was. WV's problem is their remoteness from the rest of the conference. It would be different if there were 3 or 4 other schools somewhat closer to them. This is why the WV fans were/are stirring the expansion pot. They were hoping to get Clemson, FSU, GT, etc. to jump to the Big 12 and create an "eastern" division with them. Of course those schools were not about to do anything of the sort. I think the "UNC to the B1G" rumors were started by MD people for the same reason.
RowanWolf wrote: This is why I say that eventually these mega-conferences are going to implode. One day, and I don't know when, tight geographic conferences will return. It's happened before. The old Southern Conference was the first mega-conference. Had close to two dozen schools. Some schools in the mid-Atlantic broke off and formed the ACC. Some schools in the deep South broke off and formed the SEC.
Posted: 2/27/2013 5:16 PM
ribread wrote: When people talk about leaving the ACC, I think that this is something they forget about. Right now we can reasonably play GT, Clemson, UNC, Duke, Wake, Va Tech, UVA and MD with a fairly short bus ride. Move to the SEC (and assume you do that with Va Tech) and you may have Va Tech and S. Carolina. Move to the B1G and you've basically got MD.
Posted: 2/27/2013 5:37 PM
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