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AAC & C-USA Merger Discussion
https://www.si.com/college/2021/10/12/co...t-football

Presidents are talking. Merge and realign geographically and add two members.

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10-12-2021 07:27 PM
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RE: AAC & C-USA Merger Discussion
It won't happen. AAC commissioner still thinks his conference is desirable and will become a P6. I guess he didn't get the notice that a bunch of MWC schools rebuffed his conference invite proposal a few weeks ago.

https://theathletic.com/news/conference-...-interest/

Quote:An AAC league source said the conference has no interest in such a move, but C-USA is hoping simply to create more discussion among presidents. The source also indicated that AAC commissioner Mike Aresco is still focused on creating the top Group of 5 league and a push for Power 6 status.
10-12-2021 07:31 PM
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RE: AAC & C-USA Merger Discussion
(10-12-2021 07:27 PM)MPython Wrote:  https://www.si.com/college/2021/10/12/co...t-football
Presidents are talking. Merge and realign geographically and add two members.
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The devil is in the details, not the headline. One league is doing the talking and the other isn't really responding in a major way, plus the only other conference being mentioned further down is the Sun Belt .... not the MAC. Very familiar with some administrative folks in both of those two leagues and only their peripheral thoughts include Buffalo and Toledo because of city and airport positives.
10-12-2021 08:26 PM
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RE: AAC & C-USA Merger Discussion
The AAC has gone down greatly in stature. Since it is a national and not a regional conference, reduced TV revenues and travel expenses do become a big factor if they want to expand. The Mountain West conference told them to go f*ck themselves. Their options are limited. We will see what happens. Its funny because in one sense, the MAC is in a better position then they are. A regional conference with cohesive members and rivalries, has reduced travel expenses and has the ability of allowing working class fans to attend road games. A national conference with the expected reduced TV deal of the AAC may not be an economic possibility.
10-13-2021 01:49 AM
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RE: AAC & C-USA Merger Discussion
I think the MAC needs to be proactive on this one and see about adding two members. CUSA sees the writing on the wall that a couple of their schools will be gone to the AAC to replace the 3 teams leaving.
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(10-13-2021 01:25 PM)HuskiePride12 Wrote:  I think the MAC needs to be proactive on this one and see about adding two members. CUSA sees the writing on the wall that a couple of their schools will be gone to the AAC to replace the 3 teams leaving.

Marshall, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are the only schools in C-USA who make any kind of regional sense for the MAC.

Marshall's may feel like "been there, done that" and that's if they aren't one of the teams swept up by the AAC.

So, I think our only legitimate options there are WKU and MTSU.

Also, the MAC isn't going to add 3 teams. It'll be 2 with the outside possibility being 4, but those four may come from FCS, which brings us back to the conversation we had a couple months ago where it made sense to add those two C-USA schools and then two of a collection of MVC schools like Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Indiana State, Missouri State, SIU, Youngstown State, Western Illinois, and probably not Valpo (and I just learned right now that Valpo changed their mascot to the Beacons this year...and I'm also aware Valpo's stadium is way too small for a move to FBS) or maybe North Dakota State.
10-13-2021 06:46 PM
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RE: AAC & C-USA Merger Discussion
(10-13-2021 06:46 PM)Big Red Wrote:  
(10-13-2021 01:25 PM)HuskiePride12 Wrote:  I think the MAC needs to be proactive on this one and see about adding two members. CUSA sees the writing on the wall that a couple of their schools will be gone to the AAC to replace the 3 teams leaving.

Marshall, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are the only schools in C-USA who make any kind of regional sense for the MAC.

Marshall's may feel like "been there, done that" and that's if they aren't one of the teams swept up by the AAC.

So, I think our only legitimate options there are WKU and MTSU.

Also, the MAC isn't going to add 3 teams. It'll be 2 with the outside possibility being 4, but those four may come from FCS, which brings us back to the conversation we had a couple months ago where it made sense to add those two C-USA schools and then two of a collection of MVC schools like Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Indiana State, Missouri State, SIU, Youngstown State, Western Illinois, and probably not Valpo (and I just learned right now that Valpo changed their mascot to the Beacons this year...and I'm also aware Valpo's stadium is way too small for a move to FBS) or maybe North Dakota State.

No need to add FCS schools to the MAC but if we were gonna choose one none of those schools hold a candlestick to North Dakota State. If we have to expand then WKU and Marshall would be the best adds.
10-13-2021 07:56 PM
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