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Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
12-06-2017 07:36 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
one problem is the conference is too spread out. Pull it closer make it easy and the destinations worth going to.

Another one is branding. We're Conference USA? SO?
No identity except, "We're conference usa". Outside of alumni, students, and fans of conference member schools who gives a crap. Heck, even the Funbelt has better recognition. And before someone wants to add "We got basketball" no one cares. And if you think they do, look at the one slot we get for the NCAA tournament.

This current conference commissioner might as well be walking around with a big purple hat with "Commissioner" on it. Doing just enough to do nothing.

Thats just my opinion. I'm sure others may have better insight.
12-06-2017 08:37 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
Regionalization. Consolidation. We're gonna end up in the same league as Troy.

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12-06-2017 08:56 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
I fear that UAB will have a significant attendance drop next year, after the novelty of “the return” has worn off
12-06-2017 08:56 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
I agree with restructuring this conference. No offense to the schools over in Texas, but that is a freaking long haul for Marshall, Old Dominion, Charlotte, and don't forget the F_U schools.
12-06-2017 09:01 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
Won't happen, but SunBelt/CUSA dissolution and recreation would certainly be better - 24 teams. Have/let UTEP leave for Mountain West, add James Madison. Split into 2 12-team conferences, 1 on the east coast and 1 in the south. For recruiting, East coast gets FL and South gets TX...
12-06-2017 09:21 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
I'd like to see...

UAB
SoMiss
MTSU
Troy
Charlotte
Georgia St
Chattanooga
LaTech
WKU
Marshall
ODU
????
12-06-2017 09:25 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
So let's just scrap everything & join forces with a lesser conference.
12-06-2017 09:30 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
(12-06-2017 09:25 AM)Pavy78 Wrote:  I'd like to see...

UAB
SoMiss
MTSU
Troy
Charlotte
Georgia St
Chattanooga
LaTech
WKU
Marshall
ODU
????

This list is so depressing to someone who saw UAB play games in the same league as Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, etc.
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12-06-2017 09:34 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
(12-06-2017 09:34 AM)mixduptransistor Wrote:  
(12-06-2017 09:25 AM)Pavy78 Wrote:  I'd like to see...

UAB
SoMiss
MTSU
Troy
Charlotte
Georgia St
Chattanooga
LaTech
WKU
Marshall
ODU
????

This list is so depressing to someone who saw UAB play games in the same league as Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, etc.

Yup. Meanwhile basketball powers such as Tulane and ECU get to host Cinci, Wichita State, Uconn, Temple, and Memphis. 03-puke
12-06-2017 09:49 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
We are working on some things and a being in a lesser league is not one of them.

Go to the football an basketball games. That is the #1 thing. Continue to donate and please give to the Honorary Coaches. That's step two.


The foundation is working so give them the ammo they need. Attendance and $$$
12-06-2017 10:28 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
(12-06-2017 09:34 AM)mixduptransistor Wrote:  
(12-06-2017 09:25 AM)Pavy78 Wrote:  I'd like to see...

UAB
SoMiss
MTSU
Troy
Charlotte
Georgia St
Chattanooga
LaTech
WKU
Marshall
ODU
????

This list is so depressing to someone who saw UAB play games in the same league as Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, etc.

Completely agree! I'd rather join up with an existing, more established, and prestigious conference, but that wasn't mentioned in the article. I was creating a list to be in context of the article, creating a regional conference.
Obviously, I'd rather join the AAC or better. I'd also like to lose 25 pounds, payoff my mortgage 10 years early, grow thicker hair, and make $500k a year.
12-06-2017 10:35 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
UAB's profile as a school is rising. Presidents and faculty care about associating with other schools that share commonality in academics, as well as provide exposure for student and faculty recruitment. The Sun Belt doesn't provide 2/3 of that.
The AAC does.
12-06-2017 10:37 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
If you haven't noticed though, teams like ECU, Tulane, & Memphis in basketball are dropping to the bottom of their conference.
12-06-2017 10:37 AM
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Give to the honorary coaches?
I don’t know what that means
12-06-2017 10:39 AM
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If we're setting our sights on a CUSA/Sunbelt merger, we'll never grow as a program. Our focus should ONLY be in joining the ACC ASAP
12-06-2017 10:42 AM
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RE: Conference USA proves again that it’s a failing model
According to legend, the AAC called Brian Mackin and left a message. Mackin was instructed not to return that call (presumably because there was a plan in motion to end the football program).
12-06-2017 10:59 AM
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(12-06-2017 10:59 AM)legalblazer Wrote:  According to legend, the AAC called Brian Mackin and left a message. Mackin was instructed not to return that call (presumably because there was a plan in motion to end the football program).

No one can confirm or Deny that it happened. I'm in the mindset there is some truth to it.
12-06-2017 11:12 AM
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When Legend becomes fact, print the legend
12-06-2017 11:31 AM
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(12-06-2017 10:37 AM)UABslant Wrote:  UAB's profile as a school is rising. Presidents and faculty care about associating with other schools that share commonality in academics, as well as provide exposure for student and faculty recruitment. The Sun Belt doesn't provide 2/3 of that.
The AAC does.

Exactly. We should be aspiring to re-join our historical peers in the AAC. The campus is growing/modernizing, enrollment is growing, becoming less of a commuter school, new athletic facilities, etc. Getting a new stadium is critical though.

We just need to keep winning, keep donating, and going to games. For those of you that made 5 year pledges towards football reinstatement, consider making another pledge to general athletics when that one runs out.
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