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Date Posted: 05:35:40 03/01/04 Mon
Author: wiutsuoru
Subject: Re: Western and Midcon???
In reply to: Smack 's message, "Re: Western and Midcon???" on 22:28:33 02/29/04 Sun

That's the problem. The Missouri Valley apparently has no interest in Western.That leaves the Horizon as a possibility-especially if other conferences start changing. The Ohio Valley is out because of football and the Gateway.

Well, maybe the MidCon is Western's only option.Maybe as facilities improve and team victories go up Western will be more attractive to at least routinely being scheduled in all sports with the other state schools- or privates in the Midwest area.

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[> [> [> Re: Western and Midcon??? -- Smack, 21:34:14 03/01/04 Mon

I'll let you in on something I was told by a very reliable source. A Big Ten team will soon be visiting WIU because of Coach Thomas' connections. I really hope that helps with the attendance situation. What else do think would help? It's got to be hard to recruit top players when you only get 1,000 to a game.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Western and Midcon??? -- wiutsuoru, 13:32:41 03/02/04 Tue

I believe Northwestern came to Macomb a few years ago.It was over Christmas break and bad weather-really cut into attendance. Hopefully this game you talk about will be in "prime time".

I guess I would suggest scheduling MVC and Horizon teams as often as possible-in all sports.This would at least help Western's exposure in the Mid West on a routine basis. Also, this would give fans a chance to feel Western is at the same level-but,just happens to be in a different conference.

Football is the flag ship sport- let's leave it alone.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Western and Midcon??? -- Smack, 08:56:12 03/04/04 Thu

I believe Coach Thomas wants to play the other teams in the state that you mentioned. More Valley teams beside drake would be great, especially ISU and Bradley. I think he will get it done.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Western and Midcon??? -- wiutsuoru, 17:52:20 03/05/04 Fri

It's odd, the more I criticize the MidCon, the more I realize it's Western's best choice. I agree, playing more Valley and Horizon schools routinely will help their exposure- in all sports.

As the Cajun's used to say-"be who you is"- I guess this is Western at this time and place.I hope they continue to improve in all aspects.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Western and Midcon??? -- valpofan, 21:59:53 03/05/04 Fri

From a basketball standpoint, who would want you? Your RPI is dead last in the country. Maybe Coach Thomas will get the job done. I know they may not have been his kids, but a coach adapts his style to the kids especially in a new situation. He didn't do that. He tried to make them play his style. Coaches are supposed to put players in a position to be successful. I don't think Coach Thomas did that. Get in the Mid-Con Tournament, before you start looking for greener pastures.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Western and Midcon??? -- Smack, 15:05:16 03/06/04 Sat

Thank you for your input. I believe Coach Thomas will do very well at WIU, give him a couple of years and we'll be challenging for the title. His team played hard at all times no matter what the score was. Anyone know what happened to Will Lewis the last 2 games?

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