kingaling42 wrote:This is a galactically stupid decision.. perhaps the higher ups should've thought about this prior to ignorant, self-serving folks making decisions that they clearly don't comprehend all the possible outcomes of.. Maybe Janet just wants to be closer to her hometown of Summerville, SC when ChuckSouth or Coastal or Campbell hosts the tourney..
How funny (& awesome) would it be to watch ChuckSouth host the tourney in the BucDome if they finish 2nd to UNCA????
What do you expect when you have a fired women's basketball coach running the entire athletic program = clearly in-over-her-head
KK did not mention that the conference had any role in the decision.. If he did then who is making decisions for UNC Asheville and why would we put up with such decisions that adversely affect our student-athlete's.. there is no stipulation for the size of the arena, otherwise ChuckSouth & Coastal would also have to host elsewhere or waive their right to host.. simply put this is complete bullsh!t!! C'mon Janet- remember that most of us graduated from UNC Asheville which is a pretty good university & we're smart enough to know when you're just trying to scramble to cover your A$$ that is now under fire!!Asked if he had objections to the game being played in Justice, Kallander said, “It was their decision, and we will leave it at that.”
ohiostate wrote:Do not like posting something this long but received this email a little while ago:
Dear Bulldog Supporters: This is a response that the Athletics Deparment has put together regarding the articles that were in the Asheville Citizen-Times today. Thank you
UNC Asheville would like to clarify and provide additional information about its decision regarding the hosting of Big South Conference Tournament games, including the potential for a championship game in March of 2012.
For several years, UNC Asheville has worked closely with community leaders to bring a major collegiate basketball tournament to the Asheville area. These leaders talked to the Big South Conference, the Southern Conference and other conferences in hopes of securing a post-season basketball tournament for the Asheville area.
In the spring of 2010, the Southern Conference agreed to return their men’s and women’s tournaments to Asheville. UNC Asheville was proud to play a major role in securing this collegiate basketball championship which will have a tremendous economic impact on Western North Carolina.
At the time of the agreement with the Southern Conference, the Big South Tournament format and dates were not known. UNC Asheville officials were determined to work through any potential scheduling conflicts that could arise with both tournaments. UNC Asheville is committed to honoring its agreement with the Southern Conference and to work with both Bulldog basketball programs.
Last summer when Kimmel Arena was completed, UNC Asheville began preparations to host the first two rounds of the Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament and to possibly host part of or all of the Big South Conference men’s tournament during the same week. In addition, the format for the 2012 Big South Conference Tournament had not been set. Despite the uncertainties about the format, UNC Asheville officials worked with both conferences to reassure the Southern Conference women’s tournament that it would uphold its commitment. A one-year facility agreement was recently signed.
Several different options were presented to resolve the conflict, including the use of the Justice Center. However, the Big South Conference leadership expressed concern about playing in a facility where its home games were no longer being played.
The format for the BSC 2012 Men’s Tournament was finally determined this past November. It was agreed that if UNC Asheville were to become the #1 seed, they would be allowed to host the quarterfinals and semifinals of the tournament. UNC Asheville officials offered the use of Justice Center for the championship game if the Bulldogs were fortunate to be in that game. However, the Big South Conference did not support holding the championship game in Justice Center. UNC Asheville officials reluctantly agreed but were firm about hosting the quarterfinals and semifinals of the tournament in Kimmel Arena if the Bulldogs were fortunate enough to be the regular-season champions.
Janet Cone, UNC Asheville’s Director of Athletics stated:
“Our role as a community partner has been to help bring a major collegiate basketball tournament to our area to boost our local economy and to promote NCAA basketball for all student-athletes, coaches, and fans. We made a commitment to our local leaders and Southern Conference to honor that commitment. One of the determining factors for the Southern Conference’s decision to move back to Asheville was the availability of Kimmel Arena for part of their tournament.
“Our offer to play in Justice Center still stands,” added Cone. “However, we will honor the wishes of our conference at this time.”
“The Big South Conference men’s basketball coaches have expressed a strong desire about having all the teams play the conference tournament at the same location,” commented UNC Asheville men’s coach Eddie Biedenbach. “Thankfully, the CEO’s have approved a new predetermined site format so this is moot anyway.
“I understand the importance of UNC Asheville’s commitment to the Southern Conference. I am confident the University did everything it could to try and get Justice Center for the championship game,” added Biedenbach. “We would still love to play in Justice Center if we’re fortunate to be in the championship game. If the BSC would allow that request, I am confident we can host both tournaments on our campus.”
The Big South Conference understands UNC Asheville's commitment as a good community partner,” stated Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle Kallander. “
Kallander said that at the request of the Conference, UNC Asheville will not host the Championship game since its regular season venue is not available.
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