There was an advocate of that format in the room - Mike Jarvis, the former St. John's coach, is entering his sixth season at new C-USA member Florida Atlantic.
"It's the first year for a lot of schools in the conference, and we just thought it would be good for the conference tournament," Hamrick said. "Everybody felt from the student-athlete experience to promoting the conference, it's best to bring everybody."
The women's basketball coaches, aiming to get away from Sunday games, adopted the men's former Wednesday-Saturday format. The league was playing a Friday-Sunday rotation.
Several other conference tournament sites changed, and had to - a few were hosted by Houston and Memphis, which are heading to the American Athletic Conference this summer. New members filled a few spots - men's soccer moves to Charlotte, volleyball to Middle Tennessee, women's tennis to ODU and softball to FAU.
Also, the field size of some tournaments will increase - volleyball from eight to 12 teams, women's soccer from eight to 10 and men's soccer from six to seven.
Many of these issues must be re-examined next May, as East Carolina, Tulsa and Tulane leave for the AAC and Western Kentucky enters what will be a 14-team C-USA. Some items discussed at length:
Houston, Memphis, Southern Methodist and Central Florida are leaving for the AAC. They are being replaced this summer by Middle Tennessee, FAU, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio, Charlotte and ODU.
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