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Big Sky coaches not happy with New Schedule


Here is an article that appeared today on Rivals.BigSkyConference_100

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I have posted a portion of it below, but you should check out the entire article.  Like I said before this Friday and Saturday schedule has been tried off and on countless of times over the past 30 years but usually does not last for more than a year or two, before it always reverts back to the Thursday /Saturday format.   In the past coaches have always complained  that this schedule gives the Montana team a big advantage due the long and sometime arduous trip between the schools in the summer times, but to be honest I think the  Portland State / Eastern Washington trip will be just as tough.

This schedule will benefit teams with quality depth.  I think it will teams with smaller athletic big men will also fell the impact of this schedule.   The second half of the second game those 6-6 to 6-7 big men who “play like he is 6-10”, won’t.  The 6-10 guy will still be 6-10.   The other thing that will affect games next year that is not being publicised as much is that the Big Sky is also limiting the number of players teams can take on the road.   Again this could affect the the over all depth of the traveling team.

 Whether you play a team first or second in a week will have a huge impact on the final standings also.   It is going to be very interesting to see how this all shakes out next year.

Perhaps the biggest basketball-related change is coming from one of the nation’s smaller conferences: The Big Sky plans to have men’s basketball teams play conference games on back-to-back nights (Friday and Saturday).

Big Sky officials say the move should save $3,000 to $5,000 per school while keeping student-athletes in class more often. But some coaches around the conference wonder if the safety concerns outweigh the cost benefits….

……For instance, most Big Sky schools now will have to play at Montana and Montana State on back-to-back nights. How will the weather affect their travel plans after that Friday night game? Do they drive to the next school late Friday night? Do they stop halfway between the campuses? Or do they remain in town until Saturday morning, then leave? Whichever option they choose, they won’t have much time to prepare for their Saturday night opponent…..

…..Big Sky officials also are hoping the new scheduling format results in bigger crowds and better grades.

Fullerton noted that schools such as Montana and Montana State get much of their fan support from across the state. Now that home games are on Friday and Saturday instead of Thursday, families don’t have to worry about making long drives on school nights.

“We’ve had tremendous fan support, and I think this will only enhance that, with people having the opportunity to come, spend the night and catch two games as opposed to when it was split up,” Montana State coach Brad Huse said. “I’ve been hearing that feedback quite a bit from fans and boosters across the state already……

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