Posted February 01, 2013

Johns Hopkins to Big Ten? Leaders, Legends and Laxers

Big Ten, Conference Realignment, Jim Delany
An important lacrosse thing is happening here. (AP)

An important lacrosse thing is happening here. (AP)

When we think of NCAA lacrosse at all, we think of East Coast schools, which is more than understandable; thanks to the prowess of Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina, there hasn’t been a Division I title game without a current Big East or ACC member school participating since 1987. But it’s the Big Ten that might be edging further into lacrosse territory, and further into Maryland, if it succeeds in wooing away Johns Hopkins as a lacrosse-only member for a brand-new league:

 Being a DI program in a DIII athletic department, Johns Hopkins has flexibility within lacrosse that nearly all of its peers lack — the best interest of the lacrosse team is the leading consideration in potential conference affiliation, not a byproduct of the football and basketball teams’ most lucrative TV deals, as has been the case in many recent realignment choices. As a result, coach Dave Pietramala, athletic director Tom Calder and the rest of the Blue Jay staff can consider the future of the program and its possible conference decision more narrowly than most of their counterparts. In a conversation with IL earlier in January, Pietramala said while his program hasn’t joined a league or been offered an invitation to join a league and no decision is imminent, Hopkins is considering its options to abandon its long-lived independence.

And you will never, ever hear the end of it from Jim Delany if this happens. You think academic posturings between conferences are shrill now? Johns Hopkins lacrosse will be the handsome beau already off at college who only comes home every third weekend while still remaining all anybody can talk about. Have you heard we have Johns Hopkins now? They’re DOCTORS. ALL of them. So no, Brad, I don’t want to perch on the corner of the couch while you watch boxing. What does this have to do with football? Absolutely nothing. We’re at that point in the offseason.

While we’re here, want to meet Johns Hopkins’ football team? The Blue Jays won 10 games in 2012 and finished the season ranked No. 12 in the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll.

3 comments
rossbot
rossbot

As fun as it is to mock east coast preps, there is nothing better to watch on Saturdays between now and September. Sure their floppy hair looks like it ought to be wearing duckheads, drinking from red solo cups and some of their names look like they belong to Hapsburg princes, but the actual game is delightfully fast and satisfyingly brutal. The tailgating is superb as well. Holly, you may want to talk to the bosses about a Memorial Day weekend lacrosse holiday to reconsider.

SIHolly
SIHolly moderator

 @rossbot Oh, we're not making fun. Except of Jim Delany, who like all conference commissioners is a favorite poking target. My future in-laws are all Cavaliers and I've been promised a Charlottesville weekend this spring. This will surely show up on the blog, because what else are we gonna do in May?

AMwahoo
AMwahoo

 @SIHolly As a UVA grad and avid reader of your blog, I cannot wait for that post.