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John Stanley

John Stanley

It would take quite a shift in the college athletics landscape to pull UE away from the Missouri Valley Conference.

Maybe that’s Creighton’s potential departure from a league that hasn’t changed its membership since the 1990s. Maybe it’s more.

UE athletic director John Stanley will be doing a lot of waiting and seeing in the meantime.

“We always keep our eyes open, but we like the Valley and the market is so unstable right now that it would be more than likely a potential disservice to the university to take any action or contemplate anything different,” Stanley said Friday, fewer than 24 hours after ESPN reported Creighton as a likely 10th member of a new Big East Conference that could launch next season.

Should Creighton dash, it’s no secret UE would want to see another private school fill the Bluejays’ spot rather than a Wichita State-sized public institution.

Regardless, Stanley feels as if the Aces are “competing well, so there wouldn’t be any real reason for us to contemplate anything else right now.”

Stanley expects conference realignment discussions to come up at the MVC’s spring meetings in May.

“Whether any moves have happened by that time or not remain to be seen because, as you well know, there’s been speculation of any number of different schools and the outcome hasn’t happened,” he said.

UE’s name has come up twice in conference realignment rumors since September, both rumors the Aces were headed to the Horizon League.

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