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RE: Conference Realignment for D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and USCAA 2018 and Beyond
EWC fits in the SIAC better than they are at in D2. Better fit for them, and saves them money to travel to more schools around them. Culturally they fit in well there. More HBCU schools regionally at D2 levels than at NAIA.
07-09-2019 06:41 PM
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RE: Conference Realignment for D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and USCAA 2018 and Beyond
(07-09-2019 06:41 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  EWC fits in the SIAC better than they are at in D2. Better fit for them, and saves them money to travel to more schools around them. Culturally they fit in well there. More HBCU schools regionally at D2 levels than at NAIA.

This is true, but in recent years that hasn't been the standard for D2 membership. They have been looking for "model programs", and by that standard how many of the existing SIAC would qualify? Perhaps there's an exception for HBCU schools?
07-09-2019 07:57 PM
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RE: Conference Realignment for D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and USCAA 2018 and Beyond
(07-09-2019 06:41 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  EWC fits in the SIAC better than they are at in D2. Better fit for them, and saves them money to travel to more schools around them. Culturally they fit in well there. More HBCU schools regionally at D2 levels than at NAIA.

EWC has a cultural fit where they are currently. The NAIA Gulf Coast Athletic Conference has become a HBCU conference while the SIAC has a non-HBCU member. No real change there. Travel in the SIAC will actually be worse. Yes, the SIAC has members in GA where the GCAC does not but EWC will be trading trips to AR and LA in the GCAC for longer trips to KY and OH in the SIAC. Those longer trips would also include football which has not played many (if any) games more than 500 miles away. Although the SIAC uses divisions it's not going to prevent them from making those trips.

The Edward Waters move to the SIAC will be interesting and there will be a few people watching the developments.
07-09-2019 08:48 PM
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RE: Conference Realignment for D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and USCAA 2018 and Beyond
(07-09-2019 03:15 PM)Cyniclone Wrote:  
(06-20-2019 04:19 PM)Cyniclone Wrote:  
(06-20-2019 03:34 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  Edward Waters Independent football schedule

They are mainly playing D2 and a couple of FCS teams, only a few NAIA schools.

Edward Waters to D2 SIAA in the future? Would be the 1st HBCU Florida school at the D2 level.

They're playing HBCUs, and in the Southeast that means a schedule heavy with SIAC schools. Would absolutely not read anything into it more than that, though I know good as well that you will.

I sit corrected.

Though now I'm curious as to why the a 14-school conference is extending an invitation to a school that doesn't have a firm timetable for applying for D2 status (a statement has them applying by February, but they walked it back and called the target date "aspirational"). You'd think the SIAC would wait until Edward Waters had a definite move-up plan before inviting them; it's not as though the CIAA or a non-HBCU conference is probably biting at the champ to invite them. But then I'm not the commissioner of a conference so what do I know?

They will offer the invite based on the fact that they expect Spring Hill to leave asap for the Gulf South Conference if ever given the opportunity.
07-10-2019 07:26 AM
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RE: Conference Realignment for D1, D2, D3, NAIA, and USCAA 2018 and Beyond
It makes complete sense for the SIAC, not sure EWC has the resources to make the move though. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
07-10-2019 08:05 AM
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