LeCrone speaks on Horizon League realignment

2013-04-15T13:57:00Z LeCrone speaks on Horizon League realignmentBy Paul Oren pgmado@gmail.com nwitimes.com
April 15, 2013 1:57 pm  • 

Despite various reports that Loyola (Ill.) is set to join the Missouri Valley Conference later this week, Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone stayed quiet on the topic as well as other possible realignment plans on Monday morning. 

"I couldn't say anything about that," LeCrone said. "If they have an announcement, then we will have a statement at that time."

Multiple reports had UIC heading to the MVC last week only to lose traction as it appears the Ramblers will leave the Horizon League instead. It has been rumored that the Horizon League has selected Oakland to join the league as early as next year, yet another topic that LeCrone avoided.

"Typically people in the know don't say anything and the people that talk quite a bit don't know what is happening," LeCrone said.

LeCrone has long stated that the Horizon League would handle all realignment discussions internally and would have an announcement once something was imminent.

"We talk about these issues frequently and recently it has been on a daily basis," LeCrone said. "We have a lot of proactive possibilities that we hope will come to fruition and we'll continue to monitor lots of different scenarios."

LeCrone didn't give any indication as to how many teams he expects in the Horizon League next season.

"We feel good about where we are," LeCrone said. "The league will be in excellent shape next year. When we have something of significance to talk about, we'll certainly talk about it."

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Paul Oren is a beat reporter for Valparaiso University as well as various high school sports throughout the Region. He has covered NCAA tournaments in basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, along with numerous IHSAA state championship events.

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