ST. LOUIS — Creighton ended an awkward four days at the Scottrade Center on a championship note.
The Bluejays’ appearance at the Missouri Valley tournament might have been their last as the school is reportedly being considered for a spot in the new Big East. That led to more than one walking-on-eggshells moment for both Creighton and Valley officials.
The Rev. Timothy Lannon, Creighton’s president, said after the title game win over Wichita State that his school has not received a formal invitation from the Big East. He declined to speculate on whether he believes an invitation might be coming.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott has brought eight teams to St. Louis — five when he was at Northern Iowa and three as Creighton’s coach. He said it would be sad if this was indeed the Bluejays’ last stand at the Scottrade Center.
“If it happens, it will be very bittersweet for me because I love this league,” McDermott said. “I love the people that run this league, but I also understand the dynamics of college athletics today.”
As he has said repeatedly, McDermott said he does not know if Creighton will move on after this season.
“I’ll just say this: The Missouri Valley Conference has been great to Creighton,” he said. “It’s been great to Greg McDermott. And I’d like to think Creighton has been great for the Valley, and the teams that I brought here have added to this league.”
McDermott praised Valley Commissioner Doug Elgin and his staff for putting on a first-class operation that focuses on the teams.
“This is a wonderful, wonderful league,” McDermott said. “The leadership of the league has been outstanding. We appreciate that we’re a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.”
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