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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
The A-Sun sits at 9 teams now, which is a perfect number for a nice even 16 game round robin conference basketball schedule. That’s all fine and good. However, I’ve always been a fan of larger conferences, with more variety. That being said, I’d love to see greater expansion if it offered greater competition, or bigger markets, or greater conference comtinuity.

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NJIT - Slippery Rock - Liberty - Bellarmine - Lipscomb - High Point - UNC Ashville - Winthrop - Charleston So. - North Alabama - Kennesaw St. - Jacksonville - North Florida - Stetson - FGCU
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(05-18-2018 08:08 AM)army56mike Wrote:  The A-Sun sits at 9 teams now, which is a perfect number for a nice even 16 game round robin conference basketball schedule. That’s all fine and good. However, I’ve always been a fan of larger conferences, with more variety. That being said, I’d love to see greater expansion if it offered greater competition, or bigger markets, or greater conference comtinuity.

As I posted on another thread.....

NJIT - Slippery Rock - Liberty - Bellarmine - Lipscomb - High Point - UNC Ashville - Winthrop - Charleston So. - North Alabama - Kennesaw St. - Jacksonville - North Florida - Stetson - FGCU

I would like to see one or two of the following

William and Mary
Jacksonville State
Austin Peay
Morehead State
New Orleans

Or D2 possibility
West Florida
West Georgia
North Greenville
UNC Pembroke
Valdasta State
05-21-2018 02:09 PM
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(05-21-2018 02:09 PM)lion1983 Wrote:  I would like to see one or two of the following

William and Mary
Jacksonville State
Austin Peay
Morehead State
New Orleans

Or D2 possibility
West Florida
West Georgia
North Greenville
UNC Pembroke
Valdasta State

I can’t imagine an OVC or CAA team moving “down” to the A-Sun. Would New Orleans be too west for the A-Sun? UNC Pembroke has routinely interested me, based on their Native American history.
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RE: Should the A-Sun look to expand?
(Yesterday 07:03 AM)army56mike Wrote:  
(05-21-2018 02:09 PM)lion1983 Wrote:  I would like to see one or two of the following

William and Mary
Jacksonville State
Austin Peay
Morehead State
New Orleans

Or D2 possibility
West Florida
West Georgia
North Greenville
UNC Pembroke
Valdasta State

I can’t imagine an OVC or CAA team moving “down” to the A-Sun. Would New Orleans be too west for the A-Sun? UNC Pembroke has routinely interested me, based on their Native American history.

New Orleans is not that much further West than UNA. Just further South. As far as the OVC, if you count football, market sizes and Basketball together, I the the A-Sun is a better deal. The Big South had 2 teams in the playoffs last year vs 1 for the OVC. Overall Markets are much bigger in the A-Sun, and with Liberty joining the A-Sun and with the potential all the Florida schools plus Lipscomb, KSU and UNA have both had National Championship basketball programs at the D2 level, the potential is there for a multiple bids conference in basketball. With 10 schools, that's more money for the bottom line. Even more than certain FBS conferences per school. But like I said, it all potential. The schools in the A-Sun going forward will have to push and encourage each other in facilities and recruiting.

As far as being too far West, there have been schools from Texas in the A-Sun.
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Slippery Rock is very unlikely. If any PASSHE schools join D1, it'd be IUP or West Chester, but PASSHE has too many issues as a group for any of their member schools to leave the PSAC for D1 anytime soon.
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What about University of Charleston in WV? They have a brand new basketball arena and are in a decent market.
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