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I posted this in the other thread, but it applies here as well. I think Ingram wants to move up asap, and getting the conference deal done would really put a shine what has happened at UAB during his tenure. He'll get credit for a lot of things that he had little to do with, but that's beside the point on a conference advancement. Watts has been spinning for a while, and a move to the AAC would wash some of the stink off of his legacy as well.


(06-24-2019 03:16 PM)UAB Band Dad Wrote:  For Ingram, pushing for this is not only good for UAB, it fits his self-interest. He's done a lot to improve our facilities across the board. He was the AD when the program came back and thrived. If he's the AD when we move up to a better conference he gets the credit for that as well. UAB would owe the guy a raise and vocal praise, and he'd be positioned as an up and comer if an AD slot comes open in the P5.

For Watts, this sort of move would make him look very good. Getting into a conference with schools like Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, and South Florida would be an upgrade, and put us among schools that are more like peers of UAB on the university level. Helping boost UAB into the AAC would also remove some of the stain and hard feelings over the football shutdown. I'm sure that with his retirement somewhere on the horizon he'd prefer to go out on a high note. Again, if he can get this done, he would have earned and would deserve praise for it.

Lord knows that I've thrown brickbats at both of these men over the years. Making this happen would be doing their jobs at a high level, and would be a boost to the perception of their performance and credibility. I know that they don't make the decision about UAB getting in the AAC, but a sincere effort to make it happen would go a long way toward mending some fences.
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(06-25-2019 06:15 PM)BlazintheATL Wrote:  Having said that, how attractive is the AAC if it loses say UCF, Houston, Memphis and Cincinnati? Still better than current CUSA but nothing like what it currently is.

This may be the concern that causes the AAC to hold off adding a team right now. They might be waiting to see if the Big 12 decides to add teams (at their expense) before committing to their own choice. They could have more than one slot to fill
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Having an odd number of teams in a league isn't good.
06-26-2019 05:10 PM
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(06-26-2019 05:10 PM)the_blazerman Wrote:  Having an odd number of teams in a league isn't good.
Its not about what is best for the AAC or the conference but what is best for ESPN . They will only want an addition team for its
TV market only
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A lot of people are really overthinking this. This is a binary proposition. You put together a proposal and present it if they want to hear it. They say yes or no.

It's in everyone's self interest at UAB to try to get it done. Actually it's in the BOT self interest too now that they see the positive impact it's had on the university. If the AAC wants to stay at 11 then they'll say thanks but no thanks. If you can get them (and ESPN) to see that equal divisions in football is in their best interests as well then we've got a realistic shot
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Yep. Our side can be proactive regardless of what the AAC is saying right now.
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(06-26-2019 05:10 PM)the_blazerman Wrote:  Having an odd number of teams in a league isn't good.

They can schedule around it. Splitting that extra share of TV revenue is easy to sell, especially if the team to be added isn't perceived as a home run.
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(06-26-2019 06:24 PM)biglizard Wrote:  A lot of people are really overthinking this. This is a binary proposition. You put together a proposal and present it if they want to hear it. They say yes or no.

It's in everyone's self interest at UAB to try to get it done. Actually it's in the BOT self interest too now that they see the positive impact it's had on the university. If the AAC wants to stay at 11 then they'll say thanks but no thanks. If you can get them (and ESPN) to see that equal divisions in football is in their best interests as well then we've got a realistic shot

Exactly. The worst that can happen is that we continue on the path of getting all facilities updated and all sports supported. That's good no matter what happens.

All we can do is make the pitch. Whether we get in or not is out of our control. I think UAB will be attractive at the University President and Chancellor level.

If we don't get into the AAC, we're still set up for the next round of conference reorganization. Big Ten's TV deal is the first to expire in the 2022-3 year, and the rest a year later. I wouldn't be surprised to see the P5 go to 16 team leagues, possibly devouring the Big Twelve to do so. If that happens, there is no telling how things get split up and re-organized. Protective Life Stadium will be open by then, so we'll be that much more competitive in the aftermath.

I think we're in pretty good shape so far as the AAC is concerned. We may or may not be invited, but it won't be over some glaring deficiency. It's a wait and see kinda deal now. All you can do is all you can do.
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Football is ready if asked, basketball and baseball is knot ready for the move. Facilities such as football and the scale for basketball and baseball need to be their.
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Just to be one of the top contenders for an AAC spot is huge for UAB... Just a few years ago, we were thankful for a C-USA lifeline!
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(06-26-2019 07:10 PM)josephblazer2770 Wrote:  Football is ready if asked, basketball and baseball is knot ready for the move. Facilities such as football and the scale for basketball and baseball need to be their.

Basketball practice facility is already happening, and upgrades to Bartow have been discussed. I don't know if they have started any formal fundraising for the Bart or not as yet. I don't think so.

A new fieldhouse for both baseball and softball is coming soon. Regions Field is obviously excellent for a bit less than half of our home games. Young Memorial Field desperately needs to be upgraded, but everyone already knows that. I can't help but think that will be the next big project to be addressed.
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