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RE: Sun Belt Expansion
Watching APP State last night had me thinking what could be. Say for instance the Sun Belt got rid of Idaho and New Mexico State (which will probably happen as they are just football only members) and ETSU and UTC joined.

Sun Belt South Division:

Appalachian State
Chattanooga
Coastal Carolina
ETSU
Georgia Southern
Georgia State

Sun Belt West Divison:

Arkansas State
Louisiana Lafayette
Louisiana Monroe
South Alabama
Texas State
Troy
11-06-2015 12:58 PM
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RE: Sun Belt Expansion
(11-06-2015 12:58 PM)brock20 Wrote:  Watching APP State last night had me thinking what could be. Say for instance the Sun Belt got rid of Idaho and New Mexico State (which will probably happen as they are just football only members) and ETSU and UTC joined.

Sun Belt South Division:

Appalachian State
Chattanooga
Coastal Carolina
ETSU
Georgia Southern
Georgia State

Sun Belt West Divison:

Arkansas State
Louisiana Lafayette
Louisiana Monroe
South Alabama
Texas State
Troy

Or a new conference:

App State
Chatt
Coastal Carolina
Eastern Ky
ETSU
Ga Southern
Ga State
James Madison
Jacksonville St
South Ala
Troy
Western Carolina
11-06-2015 01:27 PM
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RE: Sun Belt Expansion
(11-06-2015 01:27 PM)Buc66 Wrote:  Or a new conference:

App State
Chatt
Coastal Carolina
Eastern Ky
ETSU
Ga Southern
Ga State
James Madison
Jacksonville St
South Ala
Troy
Western Carolina

That would be ideal. Getting aligned with those other schools somehow could be the first step of that.
11-06-2015 01:31 PM
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RE: Sun Belt Expansion
That would be nice, but we gotta get that stadium built and improve our football team quickly, that's the only way we ever get into the Sun Belt.
11-06-2015 01:39 PM
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(11-06-2015 01:39 PM)Bucster Wrote:  That would be nice, but we gotta get that stadium built and improve our football team quickly, that's the only way we ever get into the Sun Belt.

Not a shot at the football program, but it's what is going to keep us in the SoCon for a long while.
11-06-2015 02:08 PM
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RE: Sun Belt Expansion
(11-06-2015 02:08 PM)etsuBucsFan1988 Wrote:  
(11-06-2015 01:39 PM)Bucster Wrote:  That would be nice, but we gotta get that stadium built and improve our football team quickly, that's the only way we ever get into the Sun Belt.

Not a shot at the football program, but it's what is going to keep us in the SoCon for a long while.

The Sun Belt, to me, just does not move the needle. Besides, there's probably another NCAA reorganization coming. ETSU needs to be ready this time -- so building a solid program in the storied SoCon needs to be the focus.
11-06-2015 04:49 PM
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(11-06-2015 04:49 PM)Buc66 Wrote:  The Sun Belt, to me, just does not move the needle. Besides, there's probably another NCAA reorganization coming. ETSU needs to be ready this time -- so building a solid program in the storied SoCon needs to be the focus.

Agreed. I'm always for aspiring to be better, but we need to crawl before we walk. Have the goal of becoming a premier national FCS power, that puts ETSU in a much better position when the next round of seismic NCAA shifting and realignment happens. Plus...moves "upward" aren't always for the better. It depends on each schools' situation. Don't want to advance yourself into obscurity.
11-06-2015 06:06 PM
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RE: Sun Belt Expansion
(11-06-2015 06:06 PM)TheShadow Wrote:  
(11-06-2015 04:49 PM)Buc66 Wrote:  The Sun Belt, to me, just does not move the needle. Besides, there's probably another NCAA reorganization coming. ETSU needs to be ready this time -- so building a solid program in the storied SoCon needs to be the focus.

Agreed. I'm always for aspiring to be better, but we need to crawl before we walk. Have the goal of becoming a premier national FCS power, that puts ETSU in a much better position when the next round of seismic NCAA shifting and realignment happens. Plus...moves "upward" aren't always for the better. It depends on each schools' situation. Don't want to advance yourself into obscurity.

In this case it will be. There will be another split in the next decade. Power 5 teams are going to continue to not want to share money with schools like Memphis, MTSU, UL-Monroe, etc... So they'll split off again. At that point, another window will open for teams to move up to what is currently the group of five conferences. That's the window where we'll see ETSU, Liberty, UTC, EKU, James Madison, Richmond, Kennesaw State, most of the Missouri Valley football conference and the Big Sky. Maybe at that point those conferences realign to better suit geography, maybe they don't. They should. There's no real reason for Idaho to be traveling to Mobile, Alabama for anything related to a conference game.
11-09-2015 04:17 PM
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Sun Belt is making it official and getting rid of Idaho and New Mexico State today at around 2pm.
03-01-2016 02:12 PM
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Watching James Madison drill Sam Houston in the FCS playoff game in the beautiful JMU stadium. Again, did the Sun Belt try to get JMU before inviting Coastal? Where will JMU end up? Don't guess I'll ever get over what Stanton and Mullins did to ETSU athletics while schools like JMU, App State, et al soared.
12-09-2016 08:29 PM
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