ISU Athletic Director Gary Friedman says there is a lot of information to consider as the Missouri Valley Conference looks for a replacement for Creighton University. Creighton has announced it is leaving for the Big East in July. It is the first time since 1996 when Tulsa left that conference membership will change. Friedman is cautious in framing how the conference will evaluate television market sizes, public-private school balance and other things in seeking a new member.
"Geography, certainly from an academic standpoint, you know do they fit into the rest of the nine schools. And you know certainly from a competitive standpoint, from a basketball situation, are they competitive from an Athletic Department situation. So, there is a number of factors that go into it."
Creighton basketball has made the NCAA tournament in eight out of the last 13 years. Friedman declined to answer whether ISU would consider realigning its conference as well, now that several conferences have been in flux in recent years. He says he has confidence in conference leadership and the Council of University Presidents as they consider the situation. MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin says they will be in no hurry to replace Creighton. Creighton will forfeit about $325,000 in conference revenue by giving less than year's notice.
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