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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oakland gaining natural rival Detroit through forced Horizon reunification

Much has been speculated about the fractured relationship between Oakland and new conference mate University of Detroit. Oakland coach Greg Kampe noted Detroit utilized its veto power to keep Oakland from the Horizon more than a decade ago, with the perception the school may have wanted to keep the Metro Detroit market to itself.
Oakland director of athletics Tracy Huth offered another theory Tuesday.
“Years ago, we were just coming out of Division II,” he said, adding Detroit possibly saw Oakland on a lower level and they didn’t want to play. “I guess you can’t blame them.”
“Over the past 14 or 15 years, we’ve been able (to complete the jump to Division I) and they recognize that it’s good competition. It’s going to be good for both institutions … in a number of sports.”
Kampe has said he would be willing to schedule the Titans if they were to visit the O’rena for the first rematch, feeling owed a game based on the order of the previous series.
It remains to be seen when the conference schedule is released this summer when (and where) the first Oakland-Detroit rematch takes place.


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