Hope this isn't true. But inside word is Memphis, not El Paso, will win the bid to host the 2015 Conference USA men's and women's basketball tournaments.
We hosted the week-long event last year, and indications were we did a great job.
The official announcement is expected soon. We hear Memphis' bid included a guaranteed $900,000, while El Paso's bid a guaranteed $500,000
Here's what's odd.
El Paso (money) and UTEP (facilities) hosted this past season's event with a bid of $1 million. What happened this time?
We heard we were applauded for the way we hosted last season's C-USA tournaments. And we got high marks for playing host to he U.S. Bowling Congress women's nationals. We did so well in bowling that we're now getting the USBC's big one, the Men's Open, in 2015. It's the biggest event coup El Paso has ever pulled off.
Why didn't we put in the same bid for the Conference USA events as we did last year when we were the bidding winner?