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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
(04-14-2013 10:36 PM)Courtside Wrote:  http://t.co/xKBfdktexn

Davidson to A-10. That leaves 4 open spots in SoCon


Time for the A-Sun to man their battle stations !!! I would think that If Davidson leaves for the A-10, then the SoCon probably takes all three of ETSU, Mercer & KSU, and a few more from another conference. A possible merge with the Big South was crazy talk a while back, but now, they may have to do something like that just to survive. I hope the A-Sun is not so focused on the "Football" issue that they are not developing a serious short term and more importantly, a long term plan for expansion.
04-15-2013 11:33 AM
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Wow
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(04-15-2013 01:13 PM)mufootballfan Wrote:  Wow

Yea, we're lucky Mercer has been improving athletics so aggressively.
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According to JU FB coach Kerwin Bell on Jax talk radio yesterday, the stadium build-out is nearing fruition and scholarship football is down the near road. We will see.
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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
(04-17-2013 02:22 PM)Courtside Wrote:  According to JU FB coach Kerwin Bell on Jax talk radio yesterday, the stadium build-out is nearing fruition and scholarship football is down the near road. We will see.

JU to move to scholarship football? Very interesting. Do you have a podcast link of that interview.

At the very least, JU should be able to land a football-only invitation from The Big South if so.
04-18-2013 08:12 AM
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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
If Jacksonville can show that they will go scholarship football, ETSU may find themselves in hot water or the inside looking in.

One thing I have to ask people to consider about Gulf Coast is that though they may be very far south, it doesn't cost that much to fly to Ft. Myers (certainly not as much as it does to Johnson City). Now, this isn't the NBA. Flying to games might not be that practical.

But what I see in Ft. Myers is a program that's really done nothing but win and improve since they went D-I. They are in a growing market which will need a team of their own for identification purposes and the Miracle and Everblades will never do on a national scale what the Eagles did this year. Didn't somebody just offer FGCU a ton of money just in case they ever wanted to start up football?

I have to ask if I'm the SoCon what kind of conference I want to have, and private and academically orientated would seem to fit their make up now. ETSU could make it, but they don't offer the market of many of their competetors for a SoCon bid, aren't private like Mercer, won't have The Citadel begging for their return like the Bulldogs will VMI, etc.

The thing about ETSU is that they are proactive, which is good. But I'm inclined to believe the OVC will stay at 12. The SoCon did vote unanimously to approve them, but I unanimously approved going out with this woman wearing high heels who just walked into Starbucks until Kate Upton came in and sat on my lap.

In theory.
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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
(04-18-2013 10:09 AM)PittsburghBucs Wrote:  If Jacksonville can show that they will go scholarship football, ETSU may find themselves in hot water or the inside looking in.


The thing about ETSU is that they are proactive, which is good. But I'm inclined to believe the OVC will stay at 12. The SoCon did vote unanimously to approve them, but I unanimously approved going out with this woman wearing high heels who just walked into Starbucks until Kate Upton came in and sat on my lap.

In theory.

I don't see Belmont staying in the OVC much longer; they are just not a fit. If the A-10 is willing to come as far south as Davidson, Belmont would not be a stretch. Belmont recruits mainly out of the northeast, anyway, so it would work well for them. ETSU would be perfect for the OVC because it would put most of the TN schools under one umbrella.
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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
Possibly, but one thing about ETSU is that they'd be one of only two schools in the Eastern Time Zone.

Another thing- Morehead State's president was a very big player in ETSU dropping football and going the direction they did athletically the last 10 years. Now, the new regime has come in and essentially reversed everything he proposed.

That does not make a good neighbor. Whatever power MSU has, I have to think they'd vote to keep ETSU out.
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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
(04-15-2013 11:33 AM)MidniteMadness Wrote:  
(04-14-2013 10:36 PM)Courtside Wrote:  http://t.co/xKBfdktexn

Davidson to A-10. That leaves 4 open spots in SoCon


Time for the A-Sun to man their battle stations !!! I would think that If Davidson leaves for the A-10, then the SoCon probably takes all three of ETSU, Mercer & KSU, and a few more from another conference. A possible merge with the Big South was crazy talk a while back, but now, they may have to do something like that just to survive. I hope the A-Sun is not so focused on the "Football" issue that they are not developing a serious short term and more importantly, a long term plan for expansion.

Did some minute research and I would be in agreement that Columbus State is probably the best "call up" choice for the A-Sun. Looking at the Peach Belt, I would also consider Clayton State if Kennesaw moves on as well. Augusta State fits well. The sooner the better for adds, it would appear.
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RE: Future of the A-Sun?
A-Sun is gonna in a tough spot if they are in a "waiting" mode right now. There will be little time to act, and they'll have to claw for scraps to fill the conference. They don't have much choice in the matter though.
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