CUSA Expansion Discussion

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Assumption is the BE will take CUSA schools to replace losses to the Big 10, thus the need to restock CUSA. I have problems with the attendance figure ranking for us in Football as that would be a wash with USA, UTSA, and Geo. St. I also question our position as a Basketball program.

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I guess we’ll be Football only, then.
I’m not going to watch B-Ball of: Ga Southern, Mid Tenn St, North Tex, USA, Tex St, & UTSA. I would watch App, Ga St, La Tech, Mizzou St, & WKU.

[quote=“stonecoldken, post:2, topic:22712”]I guess we’ll be Football only, then.
I’m not going to watch B-Ball of: Ga Southern, Mid Tenn St, North Tex, USA, Tex St, & UTSA. I would watch App, Ga St, La Tech, Mizzou St, & WKU.[/quote]

Clearly CUSA will not need to invite the majority of the teams listed SCK. These are potential CANDIDATES.

Wait, what? Is it final who the B10(11) is taking?

I know, I’m just stating preferences.

I had no idea South Alabama and Missouri St. were such great basketball programs. ::slight_smile:

N. Texas and Middle Tenn. media markets also fill me with skepticism. :o

Ummm, Dallas/Fort Worth is slightly bigger than Charlotte…

Going back to CUSA would likely draw even less interest than the programs in the A10 do. At least most people have heard of Xavier, Temple, UMass, and St. Joe’s. A good many know of Dayton, URI, Richmond, and SLU. CUSA would be a weak football conference and an even weaker basketball conference if any of its better programs are taken by one or more of the bigger conferences. I for one would rather play FCS indefinitely and remain in the A10 than go FBS and be in CUSA again.

Ummm, Dallas/Fort Worth is slightly bigger than Charlotte…[/quote]

I suppose so but with SMU and TCU in that market I’d have to put them below us in Media Market. I know some will knock us for the ACC domanance in our city, but at least those schools are 90+ miles away, not in the city.

If a spot opens in CUSA for us, even without UCF, ECU and Memphis, then we go. F*** the A10 and f*** basketball. I’m not saying we should kill basketball but CUSA basketball + 5 bowl tie-ins >>>>>>> A10. PERIOD!

CUSA without Memphis, ECU, and UCF would be terrible for basketball and football. I’d rather us stay in FCS and be a possibly compete for an FCS national championship than play in terrible bowl games that nobody cares about.

I like college football, but if I ever had to choose between college basketball or college football, basketball wins. Judy said we were adding football to preserve our other sports, most notably basketball. Leaving the A10 for CUSA without Memphis, ECU, and/or UCF would not be doing that. That would be a conference full of nobodies for basketball AND football.

clt says sign him up for that conference. we could win it every year and be dancing.

[quote=“Niner National, post:10, topic:22712”]CUSA without Memphis, ECU, and UCF would be terrible for basketball and football. I’d rather us stay in FCS and be a possibly compete for an FCS national championship than play in terrible bowl games that nobody cares about.

I like college football, but if I ever had to choose between college basketball or college football, basketball wins. Judy said we were adding football to preserve our other sports, most notably basketball. Leaving the A10 for CUSA without Memphis, ECU, and/or UCF would not be doing that. That would be a conference full of nobodies for basketball AND football.[/quote]

Yep.

MO State is where Charlie Spoonhour and Steve Alford got their starts. Nice new 11,000-seat arena too that opened with an Eagles concert, then an inaugural basketball game against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

They have us SECOND in attendance for basketball ???

Considering the programs on that last, there’s no surprise. Missouri State is in the MVC, and that conference is notorious for having programs that have huge attendance numbers (Creighton, Wichita St., and Bradley all drawing 5 figures).

[quote=“Ninerballin, post:15, topic:22712”]Considering the programs on that last, there’s no surprise. Missouri State is in the MVC, and that conference is notorious for having programs that have huge attendance numbers (Creighton, Wichita St., and Bradley all drawing 5 figures).[/quote] They’re very similar to Dayton in that way, if not quite as high of attendance. No other major sports nearby, usually only one or two schools with successful basketball in the immediate area with a mid-sized population to draw from. The midwestern schools’ isolation helps them corner the market essentially.

[quote=“Niner National, post:10, topic:22712”]CUSA without Memphis, ECU, and UCF would be terrible for basketball and football. I’d rather us stay in FCS and be a possibly compete for an FCS national championship than play in terrible bowl games that nobody cares about.

I like college football, but if I ever had to choose between college basketball or college football, basketball wins. Judy said we were adding football to preserve our other sports, most notably basketball. Leaving the A10 for CUSA without Memphis, ECU, and/or UCF would not be doing that. That would be a conference full of nobodies for basketball AND football.[/quote]

EXACTLY! Judy and the advisory board said on many occasions that adding football was not about just football. Part of adding football was to help protect and elevate our other sports - basketball being the most important. I guess you could make the argument that you have to crawl before you can fly and that CUSA would be a stepping stone to a better fit, but I don’t see it if the decent basketball programs are gone.

CUSA without ECU, Memphis etc. would be a step down from the a10 and a step up from the SoCon.

We need to stop living in the past already. CUSA for basketball will not be the way it was for us 7 years ago for a very long time, and by the time it is I hope we’re BCS. I know CUSA was great and all - but that conference looks like a joke. FOOTBALL ONLY.

You can mark it down people, we will not turn down a CUSA invite. This conference, even without ECU, Memphis and UCF, will still be the best available non-BCS football conference on the east coast. Our administration isn’t starting a football program for the Alumni and Students ONLY to enjoy. We’ll be FBS and we will join the best available FBS conference and you had all better hope and pray that’s CUSA and not the Sun Belt. You don’t start a program that COSTS $8 mil for the basic package and let a $2 mil basketball program lead it by the nose.

Without ECU, Memphis, and UCF, I wouldn’t really consider it on the east coast. If the teams previously mentioned left, the vast majority of the schools would not even be in the Eastern Time Zone. I think it’d be the biggest mistake the school could make since not starting football in the 90’s.