(05-19-2012 01:11 PM)FIU4Ever Wrote:
(05-19-2012 12:07 PM)ark30inf Wrote:
(05-19-2012 12:01 PM)TroyFootball05 Wrote: You know, the sunbelt would have been close to the strongest, if not the strongest, of the five or six lower tier conferences, if everyone wasn't so willing to leave. We had (and still to a lesser degree) strength in the palm of our hands. If middle and WKU leave, who's to say the new CUSA would be any stronger than the sunbelt if MTSU, WKU, FIU, and UNT were still here.
It's conference realignment.
CUSA has a small window when they are living off of the persona of the former CUSA. They are taking advantage of that small window because it will be gone when the new CUSA takes the field and people actually get a sense of what it is.
I don't blame UNT for making the lateral move because it puts them into a similar conference....but with regional rivals that will improve their attendance and fan interest.
FIU on the other hand is more typical and it's more of a lateral move for them...except for losing the FAU rivalry and travel partner.
ark30inf(arkst.com) Wrote:It makes me nervous to see nobody below us ready to rise up and knowing conference realignment is not going to be finished after this. We better get our hair fixed real pretty and put on lipstick and get the high heels on as fast as possible and maybe lift our dress a little......look out for ourselves....just to be safe.
ark30inf(arkst.com) Wrote:We also are one of only two FBS programs in our state. Whether we do anything with that advantage is the question. So far we haven't been able to really.
ark30inf(arkst.com) Wrote:May be, but I don't think realignment is over and the next wave could hurt a lot more than this one. We better be prepared to be in a position to look attractive and look out for ourselves when it arrives.
This sounds like a fan willing to change his tune quickly if an invite comes. BTH, I'd keep on eye on these guys if ark30inf is representative of the fan base, his lips are saying all the right things about belt loyalty but his eyes are wandering.
Ah, now its clear what you are talking about.
The thread you are referring to included future speculation about ECU and USM leaving CUSA for the Big East due to Cincy and Louisville leaving for the Big 12 and UTEP leaving CUSA for the MWC taking UTSA and Texas State with them. That would leave a very slim CUSA reloading with a whole crapload of teams which would probably signify SBC death.
In that VERY unlikely circumstance where CUSA was looking to get back up to 16 from 8.....then yeah....Arkansas State would have to try to make its case to avoid an NMSU/Idaho situation in a dead SBC. In that situation we would have a case to make.
Of course, even that unlikely event has changed since I wrote it with the Florida State rumors and the SEC/Big 12 announcement and the Boise reaffirming for the Big East.
You posted my comment without posting the context.....which was an unlikely scenario where a near-death CUSA had to try to kill off the SBC.
My position has been that the SBC needed to stick together from the start. I suggested that things would be much different if SBC Presidents had presented a unified front at the start. Chances are we would have been in a great position to be the "picker" rather than the "pickee". CUSA would have been left with FCS call-up options across the board.
I also suggested that a grant of rights were the only stabilizing mechanism.
I've also said that our Achilles Heel was leaving UNT out on an island so long without looking to give them relief. Wright Waters was opposed to Conference Expansion and therefore we waited too long to try to get Texas State and UTSA to help UNT and let the WAC take them instead which ultimately led to UNT making a rational decision to leave. If we had taken UTSA and Texas State early then maybe UNT would not have left.
The SBC blew it by not giving UNT relief. FIU is just a market school moving because of the residual CUSA perception.
I've been fairly consistent on my positions.