College Realignment

gully

Professional
How will the major college realignments affect tennis? (If at all.) I don't follow closely, but I'm interested to know.
 

Falloutjr

Banned
I don't know, but I don't see incoming Pac-10 teams winning many matches. Utah and Colorado probably don't even get 5.5's and now they have to play against top 1000 ranked players in the world on a regular basis.

R.I.P: The Utah and Colorado tennis teams.
 
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I don't know, but I don't see incoming Pac-10 teams winning many matches. Utah and Colorado probably don't even get 5.5's and now they have to play against top 1000 ranked players in the world on a regular basis.

R.I.P: The Utah and Colorado tennis teams.
It will really help Utah and Colorado's teams (Colorado dropped the mens team 4 years ago). Joining the Pac is a huge recruiting advantage. Boulder should see a nice bump in women recruits and Utah should be able to snag an extra player here or there because of it...
 

coloskier

Legend
I'm pretty sure Colorado dropped their men's team a couple of years back
I can confirm this. The Colorado Men's Team became of victim of "Title IX". Colorado still has a woman's team. Until that time they actually had a fairly strong team, especially at home, due to the altitude.
 

Kick_It

Semi-Pro
I think there are minor changes to the PAC-10 from this; basically Colorado and Utah join existing teams.

Looking at it from a Men's tennis perspective - I think the PAC-12 (?!?!) is now an 8?!? team conference. Utah gets added to the prior 7 teams: neither Arizona State, Oregon State, nor Washington State fields a men's team - add Colorado to that list. I think there is upside for each of those teams - though the negative is there is more travel involved.

Women's tennis - I'd guess it's going to be a 12 team conference.

Personally I wish Boise State joined the PAC-10 conference - which would have been great for both football and men's tennis - but that wasn't in the cards...

K_I
 

tennis08tarheels

Hall of Fame
Can you imagine if the situation thought to be a done deal a week ago had unfolded in the Pac10?

Add Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State to the 11 teams already in the Pac10 and you get one huge tennis superconference with whom no one else can compete.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Boise State not going to Pac-10 is a travesty.
It would be good tennis wise, but conferences aren't aligned for tennis.

After all that conference alignment excitement, Nebraska to the Big 10 and Colorado and Utah to the Pac-10 are really rather dull, especially in terms of tennis.
 

brosamj

New User
Utah's tennis team will be overwhelmed for a bit in the PAC-10. With that said, they are usually a top 50 team so they can be competitive with a couple of the teams. I can only imagine that this move will help Utah quite a bit, especially in attracting better recruits to the team.
 

Kick_It

Semi-Pro
I'd guess the Oregon Duck's men's tennis staff and team are quite excited that there is a new team in the league. Presumably they have a better chance of beating Utah than beating Arizona to see who gets the dubious honor of being last in the conference.

Say what you will about Arizona - but they tied with Washington this year in the conference thanks to their win over UCLA.

K_I
 
Arizona, with all of that sunny weather and loads of practice time should not notoriously lose to teams where there are FEET of snow on the ground.

Losses to Denver and Nebraska are unacceptable.
Who coaches this team anyway!?
 

Kick_It

Semi-Pro
The AZ men's team is coached by a guy named Tad. He's a good coach and a decent guy. I've met him beforehand and was impressed. While he doesn't yet have the experience of his predecessor - I think he's a great fit. He's done a decent job recruiting so far.

Sure - they lost to a couple teams that aren't tennis powers this year. Every year you're going to have a bad loss or two.

Instead of measuring the team by what they didn't do - how about measuring them by what they did do? I'd say they had a decent year in conference including a win over UCLA and an NCAA tournament appearance.

I'd like to see them do better too, but I think they had an o.k. year.
K_I
 
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