That leaves 2017 open, as Banowsky was quick to point out. 2018, too. If the NHL's Nashville Predators can be accommodated and MTSU is ready to serve as host school, I don't see many roadblocks.
I am hoping the folks at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte understand they have the same opportunity, perhaps in 2016. (The ultra-popular Atlantic Coast Conference tournament is scheduled to run in Greensboro from 2013-15. You avoid that monster.)
After this year's C-USA tourney in Tulsa, it heads back out to El Paso for 2014. It will be great to bring it East, be it Nashville, Charlotte or south Florida, etc.
Shoot, maybe Birmingham could wake up one year and bid for the thing. Probably not, but one can dream.
Getting to El Paso in '14 is half the fun, but here is the other half to consider: C-USA will have a 16-team league. There poses a format dilemma.
Do you bring all 16 teams, men and women? Do what the Big East does, complete with the infamous "double bye" for the top four teams? Or do you just take the top 12, leaving four teams at home? Do you then make teams, fans and media gamble on non-refundable airfare?
For the record, C-USA has never taken more than 12 teams to its tournament, even when it had 14 basketball teams from 2001-05. But consider this: Exactly five schools from the 2004-05 lineup will be in the league in 2013-14, including returning Charlotte.
And only two athletic directors from then are still around: Judy Rose of Charlotte and Rick Dickson of Tulane (Mike Hamrick left East Carolina in 2003).
So there isn't a clear precedent, as there isn't on several other issues. Stay tuned.
And finally, a golf item.
With the PGA Tour finishing its West Coast swing, we're still a looooooooooooong way away from the Greenbrier Classic, 41/2 months. It's too way too early to get a handle on the big names who will show up.
Webb Simpson is a very good bet, for he is now an ambassador for the resort, and a very good choice.
The 2012 U.S. Open winner made the Classic his final stop before wife Dowd gave birth to their second child. It's an easy drive from his Charlotte, N.C., residence and he simply loves coming here.
Ranked fifth in the world entering the week, he had a great look at the championship until the back nine of the final day. He struggled to read the subtly changing greens, pulled his drive on No. 13 into the creek and settled for a 73 and a tie for seventh.
Sunday at the Northern Trust Open near Los Angeles, Simpson tied for sixth, his best finish in five starts in this young season. Just warming up, right?
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.