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how come they were never talked about for an FBS moveup?
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Can they afford it?
02-17-2017 01:03 PM
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They have 10,000 undergrads. Kind of small to support FBS.
And NCAA waiver or not, moving to FBS independence with no conference affiliation is daunting.
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I remember someone on here saying they were invited to the SBC but said no. now that Liberty is upgrading I'm wondering what the deal is with them now.
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RE: Chattanooga
Total football expenses According to Equity in Athletics Database

Chattanooga $3,968,198
ODU $8,709,737
Wake Forest $15,440,704

Assuming they would have to double their budget to be competitive, they would need a way to fill that gap until revenue and donations catch up. That mean someone would have to put up $20-25 million. Would the state provide the funds? They would also be competing with Tennessee for fans. That's a tough draw.
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If they were serious about FBS in the past, the Sun Belt would have seriously considered them.
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While the EiA database is really nice ... the data in there is very outdated, right now. It's for the 2014-15 school year. Still gives a decent idea, though.


Guessing there's a zero percent chance that the U of Tenn board would approve institutional funds being allocated to fund a move to FBS. They certainly aren't getting any money from Knoxville.

That would be like the U of Minn giving money to fund Minn-Duluth moving to DI. Not happening.
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(02-17-2017 01:13 PM)john01992 Wrote:  I remember someone on here saying they were invited to the SBC but said no. now that Liberty is upgrading I'm wondering what the deal is with them now.



Yes. The Sun Belt asked them to move up before they invited Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.
02-17-2017 06:12 PM
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The courtship was legit, but wasn't there suspicion UTC wasn't serious about it at all, and used it as a way to get SoCon to take more schools from TN and KY? The result being ETSU?

IIRC, there were things out there about Sun Belt, but it wasn't as heavy as UTC just going west to join their intrastate buddies over in OVC.
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Utc told the sbc no for now. They had just hire a new AD. So who knows where they stand now.
02-18-2017 09:03 AM
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