Sorry if this has been discussed in the past but I am not going to look up 221 pages to find the answer. I live in the Pittsburgh South Hills but my work takes me to Columbus OH, Dayton OH, Cincinnati, OH, Florence KY, and all the small towns in between. Last week I drove past a Thomas More bus on 70 heading to PA. My question is how did a small college in NKY get in an athletic conference with other small colleges that are over 5 hours away? Was there really no other closer options? I can understand football to a degree after all it is 5 trips a year to make. But all the other sports has to add up cost real quick. Does anyone know the history on this?
Sorry if this is coming across as confertational or rude, I do not mean to do that. But as a person who makes these trips 3-5 times a week with a Ford F-150, I am perplexed that Thomas More does not have better options to save travel time and money.
Sometimes it's about mission and values. The SAA schools stretch from Kentucky (Centre) to Georgia (Berry) and West to Arkansas (Hendrix). The UAA, depending on the sport, stretches from New York City (NYU) to Atlanta (Emory), to St. Louis (Washington U) and north to Chicago (Chicago).
Other times it's simply because those are the only available D3 schools. The ASC has an 800+ mile bus ride between Louisiana College and Sul Ross State. The USASC has a similar trip, although one that ends next year, between CNU in Virginia and Huntingdon College in Montgomery AL.
TMC might be closer to the OAC or HCAC, but they are a bit of a geographical orphan, especially for football. The only other DIII football school in Kentucky is Centre, a member of the SAA that is spread out everywhere. MSJ is close by, but they just ended the Bridge Bowl games after repeated spankings. I doubt the OAC wants another member, and the HCAC isn't as competitive a conference as the PAC. It's a two way street. You have to want to be in the conference, and they have to want you. TMC and the PAC may not be a perfect fit, but it probably is the best of a tough situation.