RE: Dont Judge
Oh dear oh dear....
Missouri to the SEC doesn't win me over.
I realize they are the best market option for the SEC without raiding the ACC but...
it just doesn't make a splash in my opinion
I think the timing of all this has sucked for us but what more can we do in our situation to try to convince people how much freaking potential there was in us with the markets of this state. We were doing everything possible. Our olympic complex is top notch and our investments in basketball are there too.
I think we could still position ourselves for imaginary spot number 15 but its SO hard to do so without the conference affiliations to start with. This is why I think we have to go independent in football and work out our own bowl tie-ins and our own television market. Being isolated out here on the east coast will still hurt our ability to grow and market ourselves even if we land in a large all-state encompassing "Alliance"
For the midwest schools and the west schools, the alliance works. But for us it just doesn't. We're too isolated. We are like the Hawaii of the Atlantic Coast. We should almost approach the NCAA and ask for our own 13 game waiver.
The one thing I would look back on and say we should've done better is aligning ourselves through OOC matchups with the Big East or SEC over the last couple of years. We needed to be familiarizing either the big east schools or the SEC schools with East Carolina Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Football better.
If we can find a suitable home (and currently I don't see a great fit in any of the CAA/A10/BigSouth) for our other sports then we only really have the hellish task of scheduling for football. It is only 12 games people. Is it really that hard to do? Surely we could scrape together some form of television contract that would pay out close to what a wounded CUSA could deliver for us and our travel expenses would be reduced drastically to help offset any loss. A Bowl Game deal should be rather easy. We travel well people and why wouldn't the regional bowls be interested in us?
10 from Virginia Tech, NCState, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, South Carolina, Navy, Virginia, West Virginia, Central Florida, South Florida, Memphis, UAB, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Army....
2 from JMU, ODU, Appalachian, Richmond, William and Mary, Liberty, Furman, Georgia State, FIU, FAU, Troy...
(we wont pay cupcakes but we will sign 2and 1s and return visits)
I think we can do it people: We'll never have 7 home games but I think we can get 6 with an ANNUAL Charlotte Game (which I feel we should make it).
Use Charlotte for SEC teams only. Try to build a potential game in Washington DC against BigTen Opponents too! You can't tell me those schools wouldn't be slightly interested in a DC game? We just need to make sure Charlotte games are "Home" Games where we have more control like I stated in a rant above. Use DC as more of a neutral game like Charlotte has been.
We have to rise above this current BS with a new vigor and aggressiveness.