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Should the A-Sun look to expand?
With the Big South in flux, would now be a good time for the A-Sun to approach some basketball only schools????
07-06-2016 05:50 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(07-06-2016 05:50 PM)BLIKNS1 Wrote:  With the Big South in flux, would now be a good time for the A-Sun to approach some basketball only schools????

Radford would be a good addition but it's pretty far. What about Winthrop?
07-21-2016 11:33 AM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
North Alabama seems to be likely be getting an invite to the A-Sun in the 2016-2017 season. A-Sun/Big South football needs football members now than later.
09-17-2016 08:11 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
I like the A-Sun/ Big South agreement a lot....think it can help both leagues survive. I agree North Alabama is probably in play .

So when FGCU does start it`s football program, it will have a place to go.

Would the league try to lure Mercer and East Tennessee back???

The A-Sun needs to get to at least 10 teams, then can have 18 conference games, I am tired of FGCU playing 3 or 4 non D1 schools that don`t count on your rpi... This year playing Florida National??? not even a d3 school. Doesn`t matter if you go 26-4 or 4-26 , it`s a juan bid league . so going to have to win the A-Sun tourney anyway.
09-20-2016 07:20 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
Yes, the A-Sun should expand by asking the Big South to join the conference.
09-23-2016 08:57 AM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(09-23-2016 08:57 AM)army56mike Wrote:  Yes, the A-Sun should expand by asking the Big South to join the conference.

Why would those members want to give up 2 bids to the NCAA tourney in favor of just 1?

The new membership agreement will ensure that the A-Sun and Big South are stable. It will allow the A-Sun to bring up some D-2 members and for the Big South to stabilize its football membership...win for both conferences and all the involved programs.
09-23-2016 12:46 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
Yes, I understand the reality of the conference situation from the basketball (and other Olympic sports) perspective. You would never want to lose your NCAA auto bid. But from my perspective as a fan, I would love for my school, Liberty, to be part of a larger 18 team conference, that would generate more variety and quality of competition.

Regarding football agreement, I fail to see how in reality it does anything for the Big South at all. No A-Sun member has joined the BSC. No member has shown a desire to add scholarships to their programs in order to join the BSC. The BSC remains on the same shaky ground that it has been. True, if an A-Sun team decided to add scholarship football, they would be immediately eligible to play in the BSC. But none of the current teams seem inclined to do so.
09-23-2016 05:06 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
Would Jacksonville and Stetson consider moving their football from the Pioneer to The Big South?
10-19-2016 06:47 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(09-23-2016 08:57 AM)army56mike Wrote:  Yes, the A-Sun should expand by asking the Big South to join the conference.
The question really is which one of these two conferences are stronger. The answer to that question, I do not know...
10-21-2016 08:42 AM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(10-19-2016 06:47 PM)BLIKNS2 Wrote:  Would Jacksonville and Stetson consider moving their football from the Pioneer to The Big South?

Being a Valparaiso fan, this is a big question. Theoretically the Pioneer is D3 type D1 conference with no scholarships. To add FCS level scholarships potentially means adding a women's sport to two to even things out.

Mercer was in the Pioneer for one year then jumped so it is not crazy to think it might not happen.
10-21-2016 08:54 AM
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