Lets get an official NNN vote

I would personally prefer we find a home, and I think we fit with the CAA. Independent is OK, but realistically, we could be in FCS 10+ years. Might as well enjoy it while we are here.

After the recent news, only join a conference if we aren’t looking to make a FBS jump ASAP. If we are going to be FCS for an extended period of time 10+ yrs, move to CAA.

That was an easy vote for me. FCS Independent.

INDY A10. Sounds like a race. I’m in.

Really only two options needed there.

I vote CAA. Of course I go to a CAA school, so I’m slightly biased, but I still think it’s a little step down in basketball but a step up in most everything else. Let’s go Niners!

I say CAA. FCS Indy is suicide without knowing we will be FBS soon. It’s incredibly hard to make the playoffs as an FCS Indy and we need to make the playoffs to get our fans and this city involved. What we don’t need is to struggle scheduling games and end up with weak schedules. No matter what conference we join for football, bball is taking a hit. The only conferences ranked higher in bball RPI are BCS and that’s not happening. So no matter what we do with football, bball is taking a step down because there is no way we will find an associate home for football and stay A10 and being an INDY is a terrible choice, and so if we are going to join a conference for football Id rather be in CAA or CUSA because it wont be that big of a hit for bball.

I disagree. I think even if we made the playoffs at FCS on a regular basis our city still will not care. This is one of the main reasons the plan HAS to be to fast track for FBS. Even the people in the city who bother to come to the games that are not alums or friends of the school will come because it will be “lil ol UNC Charlotte, playin some small time football.”

It’s been said over and over on here regarding other things, but dear friends - perception is reality. We don’t exist in a college town bubble. We exist as the largest university in a top 20 metro, and we have to accept it, and act appropriately.

How does bball take a step down if we stay in the A10?

I disagree. I think even if we made the playoffs at FCS on a regular basis our city still will not care. This is one of the main reasons the plan HAS to be to fast track for FBS. Even the people in the city who bother to come to the games that are not alums or friends of the school will come because it will be “lil ol UNC Charlotte, playin some small time football.”

It’s been said over and over on here regarding other things, but dear friends - perception is reality. We don’t exist in a college town bubble. We exist as the largest university in a top 20 metro, and we have to accept it, and act appropriately.[/quote]
Oh I agree we need to be FBS as soon as we can, but IF we are going to stay at FCS for more than 5 years, being an INDY is not good

I disagree. I think even if we made the playoffs at FCS on a regular basis our city still will not care. This is one of the main reasons the plan HAS to be to fast track for FBS. Even the people in the city who bother to come to the games that are not alums or friends of the school will come because it will be “lil ol UNC Charlotte, playin some small time football.”[/quote]
This is also true too. No one cares about D2a football.

How does bball take a step down if we stay in the A10?[/quote]
It doesnt but clearly no one wants us just for football…atleast thats the way it seems. If we can become an associate member somewhere and stay in the A10 then no it wouldn’t take a hit, but I mean what are the chances of that at this point? Our choices now are fast track FBS which who knows how the powers that be view this, be an FCS INDY for long term which is a bad idea or join a conference with all sports.

How does bball take a step down if we stay in the A10?[/quote]
It doesnt[/quote]
Alright, cause I mean you JUST said that.

Fast track to BCS is the plan.

How does bball take a step down if we stay in the A10?[/quote]
It doesnt[/quote]
Alright, cause I mean you JUST said that.

Fast track to BCS is the plan.[/quote]
There I edited it to better reflect what I was trying to say. Sum it up for you: Being an INDY = terrible choice. Joining a conference for football = best choice. How are we going to join a conference for football? Well everything I keep reading and hearing suggests that it will only happen if we bring along all our sports. For FCS CAA is wayyy better than Big South or SOCON. And we have no idea what Dubois and Judy are trying to do, maybe they want to fast track maybe they don’t. Im operating under the assumption we will be FCS until at least 2020

It’s been said over and over on here regarding other things, but dear friends - perception is reality. We don’t exist in a college town bubble. We exist as the largest university in a top 20 metro, and we have to accept it, and act appropriately.[/quote]

Would the average person in this top 20 metro area realize that the A-10 is better than the CAA in basketball? I really don’t think they will.

Charlotteguy88…

No.

FBS fast track.

/discussion

It’s pretty clear that BCS fast track is the plan.

Indy isn’t a bad idea. We don’t need to be crazy successful early on. We just needed to have football. No one cares about the D1-AA playoffs. It doesn’t matter a whole lot if we get there. What we need to do is operate in manner that makes our football attractive to prospective conferences and set ourselves up for a FBS league, while not hurting basketball.

And we certainly don’t need to decide now. We can see how things are 5 years after the start and if BCS shift doesn’t happen and doesn’t look imminent, then settle for a FCS league.

Fast track, Judy should offer CUSA free ALpha Duster BJ for life to get us in.

It COULD work!

It’s been said over and over on here regarding other things, but dear friends - perception is reality. We don’t exist in a college town bubble. We exist as the largest university in a top 20 metro, and we have to accept it, and act appropriately.[/quote]

Would the average person in this top 20 metro area realize that the A-10 is better than the CAA in basketball? I really don’t think they will.[/quote]
:frowning: Thought this had been cleared up. No, the average fan doesn’t know that the A-10 is better than the CAA. However, the average fan does watch the NCAA tournament and we have a significantly better chance to get in from the A-10 than CAA.

If we are going FBS quickly, then by all means, stay independent. However, if we are staying FCS for a while (which our “Chancellor” seems to indicate from time to time) then I think we need a conference. I disagree that no one cares about the playoffs. Three straight national titles are what put App St in the position they are in today. Just my two cents.