Anybody here remember Al McGuire? A true American original, for sure.
Anyway, as he stepped away from basketball's pinnacle, he said the handwriting already was on the wall, and that collegiate basketball soon would be just like collegiate football: a game in which teams sponsored by Big State Universities would be the only ones that could compete consistently for national prominence.
The long-established big city Catholic basketball colleges have slowed down the rush to prominence of the Big State U's, but just barely. The day will come when the Top Twenty Five in collegiate sports all are State U, U of State, and variations on that theme.
Hopefully, GWU can have some more time in the national spotlight before that day comes. Gonzaga, Temple, and now Butler have all showed us how to escape the mid-major pack.
Meanwhile, GMU already is being ranked in next year's Top 25. And soon, it too will be a Big State U. Northern Virginia will demand it. I am concerned that when that happens, GW will be back in the Pony Leagues. Anybody else recall the Pony League?