Thats about the only thing Drexel (a real university) would trade w/ GCU though.
I think this is a great move for GCU and nice for the Valley too. I hope eventually the Valley kids who would've otherwise gone to play at Pepperdine, Boise St, and places like that consider staying here and playing for GCU. They could theoretically build a pretty strong team from a core of AZ guys.
I also hope down the road GCU reverts off of the for profit system they're currently on. I understand its what got them where they are now, and helped them reach financial solvency, but their whole model just reeks of improprieties and diploma mill-ness. Maybe once they go D-1, get more regional attention, and perhaps more donors, they won't need the huge online diploma factory to keep them afloat.
A couple of other things to think about that are kind of interrelated to this:
* As GCU continues to grow, connecting it to Metro Light Rail ought to be a priority. Colleges are always very high users of public transit, and if Phoenix/Tempe want to attract the Pan Am Games like Michael Crow has stated, having a connection to GCUs 5K seat arena would make sense.
Since Glendale is thankfully now considering a LRT route that would go to Westgate via Downtown Glendale, I think we could see some real positive results for a Westside Metro extension:
Simply run it West along Camelback to 35th Ave, north on 35th Ave to Glendale, and then West on Glendale to Westgate.
* WAYYYYY in the future (10-15+ years) if the WAC decides to try to get back into football, an on or near campus football facility for GCU could also double as a Major League Soccer facility for the Valley. UofP stadium is an unappealing MLS venue obviously and something more in the 20K seat range would be more appropriate. A Phoenix version of the Skydome could serve GCU during the academic year and a MLS squad in the summer.