The Creighton Bluejays may still be waiting for a certain finesse big to announce his intentions for next season, but time waits for no single man. Creighton is off to the wonderful world of the new Big East Conference next season, which in turn, left a gaping hole in the Missouri Valley Conference lineup of teams. Thankfully, that hole has now been filled by the Loyola Ramblers.
Loyola has been playing hoops in the Horizon League lately (over three decades). However, thanks to conference realignment running untouched through the college landscape, an opportunity for the Ramblers to raise their profile came up.
With the Bluejays taking their program to the new Big East next season, Loyola pounced on the chance to go from one pretty solid mid-major to another, slightly more solid conference. Meaning, the move was done because the Ramblers have done a great deal to improve their athletic facilities and the like, and they felt it was time to start playing some big-boy basketball.
For Creighton, well, they could care less who is going to replace them in a conference that they just bounced from. They now have their eyes set on competing with power programs on the regular. Gone are the days of them only having to play a really good team here and there. Instead of a mediocre schedule, they’ll face the tough journey of navigating the Big East next season.
The agreement for Loyola to join the MVC is only in principle, but the deal seems all but sealed. The Ramblers did mention that they plan on keeping all their inner-city (Chicago) rivalries going in the future.
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