Perspective, and “What If’s” About Conference Realignment

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I got a very interesting gift last week.  It’s a gift that only a true historian of Virginia Tech athletics can appreciate: a Metro Conference banner that once hung in the Richmond Coliseum.

The guy who gave me the banner knows what a big Tech basketball fan I am.  When he gave me the banner, he told me “If we lose a basketball game, you can go home, look at that banner, and say ‘at least we aren’t in the Metro anymore.'”

Indeed.  And the A-10, for that matter.  Thinking about it like that really puts things into perspective.  It’s easy to complain about some of the things that have happened over the past 3-5 years, but it certainly could be a whole lot worse.

The Hokies lost a lot of games on the hardwood this past season.  Still being a young team, they will likely take their share of losses this coming season as well, though not as many, and they will be much more competitive.

Two years from now, I expect the team to take a big leap and compete for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.  Once we start beating ACC opponents on a regular basis, I’ll be able to come home after the game, look at that banner and say “Man, we’ve come a long way since the Metro fell apart.”

For those of you who don’t remember the Metro Conference, it was Virginia Tech’s home for basketball between 1978 and 1995.  The conference was founded in 1975, and the original members were Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis State (now Memphis), Saint Louis and Tulane.  Georgia Tech didn’t stay long, departing in 1978.  Saint Louis also left, in 1982.

Florida State was added in 1976.  Virginia Tech came aboard