Conference Realignment


#2261

Well that was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Ironically, it was also called Conference USA.


#2262

#2263

Goober is in the North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame, the actor George Lindsey.


#2264

In his Hall of Fame picture, is he wearing this hat?


#2265

Long Island University (LIU) combining the athletic programs of its Brooklyn (D-I) and Post (D-II) campuses into one, which will compete at the D-I level as a member of the NEC under a new nickname TBD.


#2266

OH NO! I love the Blackbirds nickname. It’s unique.


#2267

But TBD is even more unique…I like it.


#2268

Another school in the Dakotas exploring the move to D-I.


#2269

UT Arlington considering adding football. Would they play in the Sunbelt or another conference?


#2270

Disbanded in ‘85. Looking at a possibility within the next 10 years. Doesn’t sound like they’re too close


#2271

I think we should add Georgia Southern to CUSA. Them boys can play some foosball


#2272

Georgia Southern, Georgia State, App & Coastal Carolina


#2273

I think we should take the best football member of that group, which is clearly georgia southern.


#2274

I’d gladly give up the Texas four for them.

Better football overall, and much better for the conference footprint.


#2275

Who here would be complaining about “footprint” if we were in the AAC?


#2276

Which begs the question, what is better for us–if C-USA and the Sun Belt initiate some kind of geographical rationalization now, or if we let Mike Hill rebuild BBall and FBall, and take our chances when the shifting starts above us?


#2277

Add us and Davidson and Hill would have a good start to a brand new conference !


#2278

Both can happen simultaneously. We’re a few years from major realignment & need to get our ducks in a row first. Would be nice to have a conference that makes sense in the meantime. Financially & geographically it would serve both conferences well to investigate a conference USA sunbelt realignment or merger. In my opinion.


#2279

The long-term goal is obviously AAC or better… and I think that’s the same for everybody in both C-USA and the Sun Belt, save for a few far western teams with MWC aspirations. I don’t think it matters very much whether we’re in the current C-USA or the result of a C-USA/Sun Belt realignment… the best candidates are going to move up when the time comes.

Until then, I think a realignment is MUCH better for us.

The most logical way to do it would be for the two conferences to split along their divisonal lines, reforming into an eastern and western conference. It would look like this:

EAST
App State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, FAU, FIU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, ODU, Troy, Western Kentucky

WEST
UAB, Arkansas State, La Tech, ULL, ULM, North Texas, Rice, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, UTEP, UTSA

In the interim until we get our shot at moving up, that sounds like a hell of a lot more fun as a fan than our current setup.


#2280

If you’re P5…footprint won’t matter as much because of the draw of the “name” programs involved in those P5 leagues and the TV contracts associated with them as well.

If you are NOT in a P5 conference…the best way to ensure rivalries and financial viability is to work a geographic/regional footprint.

Until we get to P5…we are much better off in a regionally aligned conference IMO.