Hello There, Guest! (LoginRegister)

Post Reply 
What if the ASUN had started sponsoring football by adding D2 members instead?
Author Message
Bookmark and Share
Hootyhoo Offline
Bench Warmer
*

Posts: 237
Joined: Aug 2021
Reputation: 24
I Root For: Kennesaw State
Location: ATL
Post: #21
RE: What if the ASUN had started sponsoring football by adding D2 members instead?
(05-16-2022 10:31 AM)eku05 Wrote:  
Quote:They could be added as a member of the football conference despite not offering scholarships. They are already a member of the conference in other sports.

If you want to know why this is basically the worst idea imaginable, just take a look at what UT-Martin did in the late 90s/early 2000s. Here's the scenario:

In the OVC, Morehead State and Austin Peay had already gone non-scholarship and were playing football only in the Pioneer League as Stetson is doing currently. But UT-Martin tried to avoid that...by funding only half of the full scholarship allotment for FCS. They played in the OVC with a team consisting of about 30 scholarship equivalencies, and It. Was. Devastating.

There's almost no way to describe how bad this went for them, and they were dead weight in a conference that wasn't nearly as strong as ASUN football would probably be...and they had like 30 scholarships more than Stetson. This whole notion of somehow playing football in the conference while still being non-scholarship is absolutely crazy.

It would go badly and be embarrassing for the whole conference if they joined without scholarships. But until we hit the magic number of members to keep our playoff bid, I'm not gonna call anything crazy.
05-16-2022 10:39 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
eku05 Offline
2nd String
*

Posts: 315
Joined: Nov 2020
Reputation: 18
I Root For: EKU & U of L
Location: Louisville
Post: #22
RE: What if the ASUN had started sponsoring football by adding D2 members instead?
Quote:It would go badly and be embarrassing for the whole conference if they joined without scholarships. But until we hit the magic number of members to keep our playoff bid, I'm not gonna call anything crazy.

There are many avenues to the number we need that are desperate, but considerably less desperate than adding a non-scholarship team to the conference in football. It will get done. I've heard from some pretty reputable places that both additional members (who are actually interested) are being considered, and that we've also explored football-only mergers with other conferences. I'm not going to pretend I know what the exact, right solution is, but of all plausible ways we could get back to the auto-bid number, this is by far the worst one.

You'd be better of taking ANY interested D2 program who is willing to fund the scholarships than taking a program that won't. And we only need one at present (and have three years to get there due to the probationary period after JSU leaves).
05-16-2022 11:47 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 




User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)


Copyright © 2002-2022 Collegiate Sports Nation Bulletin Board System (CSNbbs), All Rights Reserved.
CSNbbs is an independent fan site and is in no way affiliated to the NCAA or any of the schools and conferences it represents.
This site monetizes links. FTC Disclosure.
We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org.
Powered By MyBB, © 2002-2022 MyBB Group.