December 16th, 2015 | by CollegeAD

Valley commissioner Doug Elgin, while acknowledging that the loss of Wichita State would be a big one, took a diplomatic approach. “We’re respectful of the process that the president has outlined through the media,” Elgin said Tuesday. “We regret there’s any feeling that Wichita State has to go through this self-assessment, but we understand that this happens from time to time. “We hope that Wichita State is going to come back to a conclusion that they have the best fit currently with this league.” The conference commissioner doesn’t keep a master list of possible replacement schools, or even a mental list of member institutions that might be moving on and need replacing. “I think it would be counterproductive to speculate about Wichita State’s future and about any possibility that our league would consider expansion, or even the replacement of any school that might leave,” Elgin said. Even if Elgin isn’t ready to talk publicly about the what-ifs about the future of the Missouri Valley, rest assured he’s not sitting idly by and waiting to get blindsided by any surprise movement or realignment. “Our head is not in the sand; we’re always vigilant and looking at national trends and how movement in other conferences might affect the Missouri Valley,” Elgin said. -Jim Connell, Springfield News-Leader, Read More

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