(03-26-2012 02:06 PM)Bull_In_Exile Wrote:
(03-26-2012 01:51 PM)EA3 Wrote: To recap:
Going after JMU, ODU, Delaward, and/or UMASS in all sports won't automatically make us a 2 bid league. None of those teams are a power house in basketball right now. The lone exception is UMASS, and I have a hard time believing they will bolt a retooled A10 that includes Butler, VCU and George Mason.
The expansion targets will make it even harder for everyone to make the NCAA tourney (Toledo? BGSU? How you guys feel about that?).
Not to mention, IF we continue to be a one bid league, how attractive are the head coaching jobs in the MAC if there are 14-16 teams in the league and only one goes dancing?
I've said this from day one, we hold the cards because of FBS football. Talking about expansion is backwards right now. We need to strengthen what we have and THEN look at what teams want to join us. Until that happens, we are just diluting our product.
Those cards mean *nothing* if you don't play them before the hand is over.
The BCS is going away, the Prohibition on FCS teams moving up is over, Mount USA is on again off again... These cards we have will never be stronger than they are today..
Soon enough another conference or so will appear, or the MAC gets raided by Mount USA (anyone who thinks Ohio, and Toledo are not on peoples radars are nuts).
Once one of those new things happen (CAA moves up / New Conference or the MAC loses one to two signature programs) then the hand is over.
You want to sit on the cards? fine, that's a legit choice... But be aware opportunity is fleeting.
Couldn't agree more. Offer all sports to JMU & ODU today. Delaware I'm not as enamored of. Should the MAC start some backchannel discussions with ECU, yeah I think so.
CUSA is going to add Belt teams to get back up to 12 for all sports, the 4 most likely adds are:
1) Md TN St (Nashville) not a bad distance from ECU
2) FIU (Miami) quite a bit longer commute than ECU to UCF(Orlando)
3) WKU (Bowling Green) only 100 miles from the Mississippi and ECU is on the Atlantic. Long distance
4) Arkansas State (Jonesboro?) west of the Mississippi and a long distance
CUSA already has members in ElPaso(Mountain Standard Time) Houston, Tulsa & New Orleans that are on or west of the Mississippi, add USM that is less than 100 miles from the river and WKU who is a similar distance and ECU is looking at significantly increased travel costs and distances not only for their programs but their rabid fans as well.
Take a 500 mile radius from ECU and the only CUSA members that are within are Marshall, MD TN St, UAB and possibly WKU if they join.
On the other hand the only MAC members outside of 500 miles would be in the MAC West that ECU would only play in a rare crossover game for football and hoops(with divisions in hoops to placate new eastern programs the MAC could go toward divisional scheduling in hoops with crossover games).
ECU's travel time and costs drop significantly and attending more road games becomes a distinct possibility for their fanbase especially considering that ODU & JMU would be closer than any current or future CUSA member.
What do you think MAC & Pirate fans?