Gonzaga has been the highest canine within the West Coast Convention for some time now, however a report by ESPN’s Pete Thamel famous this system is contemplating a transfer to the Large 12. Whereas the Bulldogs have confirmed to be a nationwide powerhouse on a constant foundation, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins thinks Gonzaga may not be prepared for that new stage of competitors.
“To get on this league and play who we play day after day, I might assume it might be an amazing awakening,” Huggins advised reporters Thursday. “You do not get to make your personal schedule within the Large 12.”
The transfer would imply Mark Few’s squad could be in the identical convention as another very stable groups resembling Baylor, Kansas, Texas and TCU — all 4 at present ranked within the high 14 nationally. The Bulldogs have by no means lifted the NCAA Event trophy, however they had been shut in 2021 once they misplaced the championship recreation to Scott Drew’s Bears. In the meantime, the Jayhawks earned the 2022 nationwide title.
Gonzaga missed the Elite Eight final season after getting knocked out by the Arkansas Razorbacks. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs haven’t fallen off. They’re nonetheless anticipated to be a robust workforce this 12 months, as they enter the season because the No. 2 workforce within the AP Prime 25 ballot and the No. 1 workforce in CBS Sports activities’ Prime 25 And 1 rankings.
Thamel reported earlier this week that Large 12 commissioner Brett Yormark and Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford met in Texas lately to debate the opportunity of the transfer. The Large 12 just isn’t the one one . Thamel additionally stated that each the Pac-12 and the Large East have “engaged with” Gonzaga, however there aren’t any particulars on how severe these talks had been.