Team preview: ETSU

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 6, 2003, 3:49 PM ET
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Hello, Murry Bartow. Good to see you again, NCAA Tournament. Farewell, Southern Conference, it was a nice stay.

That's been the progression for the Buccaneers, who won the conference tournament last year, got a new head coach, and are headed out the Southern Conference after the 2004-2005 season. In September, the Southern Conference Council of Presidents granted ETSU an extended withdrawal, which allows the school to remain a member of the conference until June 30, 2005 while it transitions into a new conference. Where the school lands is anyone's guess, but it could be headed back to the Ohio Valley Conference, from which it left in the late 1970s. The Big South also remains a possibility.