(11-16-2010 11:00 AM)Cubanbull Wrote:
(11-16-2010 08:47 AM)KnightLight Wrote:
(11-16-2010 07:32 AM)CatsClaw Wrote:
(11-15-2010 11:59 PM)BullsBEAST Wrote:
(11-15-2010 10:43 PM)saxamoophone Wrote: A BCS Autobid is great, but how's that worked out for USF, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn so far in the modern "BIG EAST"?
Really well? Save for Syracuse, all of those teams have had the best years of their schools history in the new big east, and Syracuse looks to be in good position to get to a BCS bowl this year. Im not sure where you were going with that.
Exactly its worked out great for those schools I dont know what sax is talking about. Rutgers had to expand their stadium and have had several Top 25 seasons, UConn has had several Top 25 seasons and a nice size fanbase. USF has also had Top 25 seasons (in fact they and Rutgers were in the national title conversation at one point) and are averaging over 50,000? Syracuse had done fine in the Big East.
FYI...Rutgers has completed just 1 season as a member of the Big East ranked in the Top 25 (2006).
UCONN & USF have never completed a season in Div I-A ranked in the Top 25 in either the USA Today Coaches Poll or the AP Poll.
He was probably refering to the BCS poll that does not count bowl games. and that is the poll that is used in ranking for BCS selection.
But more than ranking, the Big East has allowed USF to reach higher levels. Our attendance averaged has jumped dramatically, it has allowed us to go bowling for six straight years (all in the Big East) and has brought in extra revenues that allowed our school to build.
#1 New practice football fields
#2 New basketball practice facility
#3 New baseball stadium
#4 New softball stadium
#5 New soccer stadium
#6 New Dining Hall for athletes
#7 Increase salary for our coaches. That has allowed USF to get Coach Holtz and Coach Heath. I doubt either would be there if we were in CUSA.
I don't think you will find anyone that says jumping UP to a BCS Football conf is a "bad thing".
Also, some schools have been able to do much of the above (and more) even WITHOUT BCS $$$$...like UCF as over the last few years has:
#1 Built new Football Practice Fields
#2 Built the only Indoor Collegiate Practice Facility in the State
#3 Built a new on-campus football stadium
#4 Built a new on-campus 10,000 seat arena
#5 Built a new Basketball Practice Facility for both Women and Men.
#6 Built a new softball stadium
#7 Built a new golf practice facility
#8 Built a new Crew Practice and Boat House Facility
#9 Starting construction of a new soccer/track & field stadium
No doubt future BCS $$$$ could help UCF do a lot more in regards to improvements/upgrades, etc...but fortunately for UCF, they have a good base of mostly new facilities to build off of come future years.