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(Yesterday 03:32 AM)army56mike Wrote:  FINALLY back after some login and tech issues!

So.... USC Upstate and Hampton to the BSC.

There were always rumors of Hampton joining, but USC Upstate is a surprise. What’s to be gained by leaving the Atlantic Sun?

I'm from Spartanburg, it's within 300 miles to most of the Big South. In the A-Sun they only had one team within 300 miles. Competition is similar plus it adds chances for natural rivals (PC, Winthrop, CSU and GWU which is 30 miles away). They have good academics, growing school, they invest money (4million a few years ago on the basketball arena) and a great softball program. I'm okay with the add.
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As was pointed out by Jon over on the other board, LU receently began a strategic partnership with Hampton. I wouldn't think it was outrageous to suggest we may have played a role in their entry. This puts the Big South at 12 outside of football including us technically as an associate member. It could ultimately lead to the league pushing us over to the A-Sun to make way for another football-playing full member or two.

This Hampton move also will alllow there to be eight football members including associates (don't forget North Alabama is on the way in 2019). If Presby goes to the Pioneer for football as expected, that means the league maintains some viability should they lose another school. If Presby does vote to move football to the Pioneer, you can expect the league to consider inviting two more MEAC schools with Hampton's archrival Howard being the obvious candidate. Of course, none of this matters to us now other than potential impact on our non-football membership.

USC Upstate has made sense for quite some time. Very nice add for a Carolinas/Virginia-centered league.
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