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RE: Conference Realignment
buzz about WKU and MTSU to the MAC, or at least internal conversations about it.

my take is the geography is a bit longer than folks think and it's not a great move for all sports in terms of cost, time, travel. On the other hand it would strengthen the MAC as a basketball league. WKU is a marginal major in college hoops. Tradition, fan base, results, arena, etc... is strong. MTSU is also a good hoops school. Adding those 2 could be the boost the league needs to end our run as the top rated 1 bid league. In terms of football it's a wash. Decent additions but won't change much. Although if CUSA folds the MAC will have a little more leverage in terms of tv scheduling and might be able to reduce Maction or play more Thurs/Fri games which would allow schools to still play on Saturdays late season too.
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RE: Conference Realignment
Is it me or is the MAC drifting in the wind with all of this movement? Adding WKU and MTSU...what the he!!

Would be very interested in Dr. Postel's take on all of this! He could be in two camps IMO:

1 He wants us to be at the top of non P5 league (MAC or other) that has a shot at the 12 team playoff format. With a manageable budget and building on the great foundation that we have here.

2 He is waiting to see where all of this shakes out and he is ok to take us to FCS level leadership and remake our reputation as a national championship contender EVERY year.

Hope he is in 1 but time will tell and I'm afraid we need a jib and a rudder right now.
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RE: Conference Realignment
(Yesterday 04:29 PM)rocket 51 Wrote:  Is it me or is the MAC drifting in the wind with all of this movement? Adding WKU and MTSU...what the he!!

Would be very interested in Dr. Postel's take on all of this! He could be in two camps IMO:

1 He wants us to be at the top of non P5 league (MAC or other) that has a shot at the 12 team playoff format. With a manageable budget and building on the great foundation that we have here.

2 He is waiting to see where all of this shakes out and he is ok to take us to FCS level leadership and remake our reputation as a national championship contender EVERY year.

Hope he is in 1 but time will tell and I'm afraid we need a jib and a rudder right now.

with Athletic and Administration leadership in transition I doubt any big decisions are made soon. Once the new AD is hired and settles in we may see change.

The realignment stuff is not at all MAC driven. Just seeing the Big12 try to stay alive and the far flung, rather unrealistic, AAC and CUSA try to hold it all together. The big winner in all this is the Sun Belt and the SEC. Both get better. WKU and UMass all sports to the MAC would be good for basketball, lousy for non revenue sports travel. WKU and MTSU could also happen as they are somewhat rivals, but MTSU is another couple hours south of the MAC and more resistant to the idea.

I think UT has both WKU and UMass on the football schedule already so we're gonna play them either way.
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RE: Conference Realignment
Just in, CUSA just lost 6 schools to the AAC. I think CUSA will be history after the Sunbelt does their thing with their invites. Again, the MAC will stay status quo for the for the immediate future.
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