Exactly. VCU has been the only lock on US East in the past 2 years. They are clearly trending downwards and without a strong first place performance at Burgh or Boston (or placing at both) I don't see them coming back. AEG is frontrunner....and then who? DCBC is the only other dominant team, and that has issues as we've seen. The key is Burgh/Boston. NJ got in based on their BdM performance last year and the second US East bid is going to be similarly dependent on a good team putting on a dominant performance at a comp....
The selections out of US East are going to be tough, no team from here has really dominated consistently this past year, except for maybe VCU, and even they have a lot of changes in their roster, so who knows if they'll be quite as good.
Maybe Emdo should just drop DCBC girls from the organization starting after BAB (many of the girls are moving on anyway to jobs/law school/grad school...) then see if they can pull off a win with the roster changes and go from there? If they deserve it, Waldo/Emdo will figure out a fair way to make it happen I'm confident. Their resume is too good, if they place at BAB it's so hard to say no. If they place at BAB and a fall comp?