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    Short piece on the D-I move, focusing on incoming freshman guard Drew Comer:
    https://www.greensburgdailynews.com/...6dbe206dd.html

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    In this WLKY interview over the weekend, Scotty says that next season will begin with games on 11/8 and 11/9, against Saginaw and Northwood:
    https://www.wlky.com/article/bellarm...urday/28156855

    Honoring the beginnings of the great BU hoops era we're in, apparently Davenport's first seniors (Kyle Thrasher, Matt Miller, Montonio Blake, and Cal Fowler) will be at Knights Hall then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBlood View Post
    UNALions, if you are still hanging out here-

    I went on the UNA website to see what your arena looked like. What I found was your live-mascot lions that live on-campus. Very cool.
    Yes, Leo III and Una are super cool. It was just Leo when I was in school there.


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    So, I'm not finding a lot to show you on the arena.

    Here's a floor reveal video but all the seats were ripped out after this.


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    The seats are purple now and they put luxury boxes in one end of the balcony. They also installed several video boards. You can see some of those things briefly in this news clip of a game from last season.


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    Recruiting against some of the "big boys" at a new NCAA-sanctioned showcase event in Shelbyville, KY:
    https://www.courier-journal.com/stor...ky/1535053001/

    P.S. Those purple seats at UNA look nice -- I've always liked that color.

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    Good news -- the Pedro Bradshaw transfer is official. Would be fantastic if he can get three years of eligibility.
    https://athletics.bellarmine.edu/new...s-knights.aspx

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    The ASUN just published a cool graphics album on Facebook about the Knights.

    From the ASUN:

    Last week, the ASUN Conference announced Bellarmine University as the 10th member of league. The Knights are set to join the league for the 2020-21 academic year. Flip through our gallery to read more about the success of the Knights! #SwordsUpBU

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/ASUNConf...56532246118412
    Last edited by UNALions; 06-25-2019 at 03:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNALions View Post
    The ASUN just published a cool graphics album on Facebook about the Knights.

    From the ASUN:

    Last week, the ASUN Conference announced Bellarmine University as the 10th member of league. The Knights are set to join the league for the 2020-21 academic year. Flip through our gallery to read more about the success of the Knights! #SwordsUpBU

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/ASUNConf...56532246118412
    Love it. Thanks for the scoop!

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    Anybody else concerned that the Knights will be distracted in the final year in D2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightmoves View Post
    Anybody else concerned that the Knights will be distracted in the final year in D2?
    No, they'll want to go out on a high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFOILERFAN View Post
    No, they'll want to go out on a high.
    Agreed. Bitter taste over how last season ended, along with a number of eager new faces, also should help them stay focused.

    The squad this season will have a different feel and will play a faster tempo.
    Last edited by BellarmineGrad; 06-26-2019 at 03:28 AM. Reason: typo.

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    As the charm of small-college sports vanishes, Bellarmine follows NKU to Division I

    https://www.nkytribune.com/2019/06/d...to-division-i/

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    I fully support the move to Div 1 but fear that 5 or 10 years down the road NCAA Division I may fracture into a lower and upper division and BU may find themselves outside of the upper tier again. Over 350 division one basketball programs and growing each year. Is there a possibility this could happen similar to the football FBS/FCS fracture? The dynamics are somewhat different than football because of the prohibitive cost of big time football, but nonetheless this worries me a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1KnightFan View Post
    As the charm of small-college sports vanishes, Bellarmine follows NKU to Division I

    https://www.nkytribune.com/2019/06/d...to-division-i/
    Wow. Very good article by NKU's former SID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGrad1971 View Post
    I fully support the move to Div 1 but fear that 5 or 10 years down the road NCAA Division I may fracture into a lower and upper division and BU may find themselves outside of the upper tier again. Over 350 division one basketball programs and growing each year. Is there a possibility this could happen similar to the football FBS/FCS fracture? The dynamics are somewhat different than football because of the prohibitive cost of big time football, but nonetheless this worries me a bit.
    Good question. I've wondered about that a bit as well.

    If anything, I could see the so-called Power Five breaking away, either from the NCAA entirely or as a I-A of sorts. Even if that were to occur, though, Bellarmine being in a I-AA situation (and say facing OVC, Horizon, C-USA, etc. opponents) would still be more interesting and competitive than remaining D-II.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellarmineGrad View Post
    Good question. I've wondered about that a bit as well.

    If anything, I could see the so-called Power Five breaking away, either from the NCAA entirely or as a I-A of sorts. Even if that were to occur, though, Bellarmine being in a I-AA situation (and say facing OVC, Horizon, C-USA, etc. opponents) would still be more interesting and competitive than remaining D-II.
    Yeah, we've had this discussion a lot on the UNA forums. But, who knows how it will all go really. Even UCONN going back to the Big East could have ripples all the way to the ASUN and even D2. You never know.

    Like that article mentioned, finding DI non-con opponents to come play you at home will be very tough during the transition (our old-school rival - Jax State - was the only one that did for us). Yet, UNA men's hoops traveled to face Pitt, St. Louis, UNC-Greensboro, Gonzaga, etc.

    We were just discussing earlier on our boards that our baseball schedule is posted and includes several cool matchups - including a full series with Louisville. I'm a little surprised Ole Miss scheduled us again since UNA upset them this past season.

    https://roarlions.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGrad1971 View Post
    I fully support the move to Div 1 but fear that 5 or 10 years down the road NCAA Division I may fracture into a lower and upper division and BU may find themselves outside of the upper tier again. Over 350 division one basketball programs and growing each year. Is there a possibility this could happen similar to the football FBS/FCS fracture? The dynamics are somewhat different than football because of the prohibitive cost of big time football, but nonetheless this worries me a bit.
    I have been silent about the move for awhile now. I am still convinced it is a mistake. I think the administration is expecting too much financial gain from the move. As the NKU author of the article stated though "you are who you play," and it goes without argument that the competition in D2 has really fallen off. The FBS/FCS type fracture might be a good thing at least improving BU's competition, although it would negate the supposed financial benefits the administration is expecting from D1.

    I am also not thrilled with the prospect of no home games until January. I don't see that changing until they build a new arena. I imagine they will try to use Freedom Hall to entice some schools to come here, but it is not going to happen for a couple of years at least. Maybe UofL will let them use YUM for a game against someone like UCLA. In the end our season tickets will go up and we will get to see less games. I am depressed enough already!

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    Was just looking back at UNA non-conference play this first year of transition.

    Women's soccer got several DI's to visit Florence to play.
    Volleyball had no home matches until ASUN play.
    Womens's hoops had several home games against non-DI schools. In-state HBCU Alabama State was the only DI team to come to Florence in the regular season.
    Men's hoops hosted three non-DI schools and our old-school rival Jax State was the only DI to come play in Florence. They traveled to 11 DI schools before ASUN play.
    Baseball only played at home twice in their first 19 games.
    Softball hosted only 3 of 21 non-conference games (all DI schools).

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    I’ll gladly trade a few seasons of minimal home non-conference games for something potentially bigger down the road. Scotty has been fantastic about scheduling tough foes for the non-conference portion of the schedule, but you can only do so much, and the likes of Martin Methodist and Midway certainly do slip in.

    Always fun locking horns with USI, Drury, and even UIndy. But, as well noted here, the GLVC is getting more and more watered down and farther west. Beating up on Bill Jewell, MO S&T, and the like gets old; bring on the ASUN.

    As far as actual on-the-court stuff, I think Bradshaw will contribute immediately. Cannot wait to see how he fits in with Cook, Weyer, Palombizio, and Claycomb.

    P.S. The media clip here is audio of a WLKY interview with Bradshaw:
    https://www.wlky.com/article/bellarm...alist/28201117

    BU's first D-I scholarship offer goes to 6'6" forward Kooper Jacobi of Silver Creek (IN):
    https://www.newsandtribune.com/sport...8372843a5.html
    Last edited by BellarmineGrad; 06-27-2019 at 03:41 AM. Reason: added P.S.

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