- Apr 23, 2019
I'm not sure I would even call that "news". More of a desperation play by one conference pretending that the other two are somehow "involved".
I think they view it as an amenity as well as public face and advertising, which are costs. If the school down the road has a team, we better have one.One thing has surprised me: I thought by now we'd see a number of schools at the margins drop football altogether, or drop back a division. I still think it will happen; it is such a money-pit for all but a few. But I thought we'd have seen it by now. I suppose institutional self-images are hard to shake
It will happen -at least at public universities and colleges. Higher education is a bubble that is unaffordable for most. The federal government can help, but it is only part of the solution. The only programs that remain will be ones that create revenue or break even. We have all seen it before -dot.com, real estate, commodities, bitcoin... College finances is the biggest bubble of them all. It will burst. And when it does, it will be ugly and swift. The only question is when.
If Bud Selig has his way, leaders from schools in the Sun Belt, Conference USA and American Athletic Conference will meet with an outside consultant and hammer out a restructuring that realigns the three leagues by region. That’s a scenario James Madison officials would no doubt applaud, as the out-of-whack geography of the FBS conferences has played a role in the Dukes previous decisions to remain FCS.
“You have to ask yourself why do three Group of 5 conferences have three almost identical footprints,” Selig said in an interview with the Daily News-Record. “You don’t see that among the Power 5.”
Speaking of merging Conference USA with other conferences:HEY HOW ABOUT THIS:
So here’s a fun idea for what a Conference USA/Sun belt hybrid might look like:North
- Appalachian State
- Middle Tennessee State
- Old Dominion
- Western Kentucky
Texas and Friends
- Coastal Carolina
- Georgia Southern
- Georgia State
- Arkansas State
- New Mexico State
- North Texas
- Texas State
- Louisiana Tech
- South Alabama
- Southern Miss
Not sure if it's boom, but closer to the first sighting of smoke. I think there are schools out there that add value and bids to the conference, and it's in the conference's best interest to add them. Whether the president's recognize that now is another question.Boom?
I think the odds are high if it's just 1. The real main competition is SLU due to cultural fit and Midwest location. I think WSU is up there, but their slightly outside the footprint, are in a small marker surrounded by big name schools, and have a perception as a lower academic school.I think it's certainly a slight head turner but not Earth shattering. I think if the Big East adds 3, VCU will be one of the teams. If they add just 1, I seriously doubt it.
I don't think the commish is going to be saying this publicly unless he knows there is sentiment in favor. This isn't the first time (or venue) the ADs in the conference are hearing this from Ackerman, and I doubt the initiative started with him. As BF said, it probably depends in the number of programs they are thinking about adding.Not sure if it's boom, but closer to the first sighting of smoke. I think there are schools out there that add value and bids to the conference, and it's in the conference's best interest to add them. Whether the president's recognize that now is another question.