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Old 04-24-2010, 05:21 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

If I had to make a general prediction about the BCS conferences:

Big Ten goes to 16
ACC goes to 16
SEC goes to 16
Big 12 adds 2(after losing Missouri to the Big Ten and Colorado to the PAC-10) and stays at 12
Big East (football) ceases to exist.
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

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I don't see either VCU or GMU adding football.......they may be large institutions, but outside of campus, I don't see a huge market for either of these programs considering the $milllions that they would have to spend just to start up an FCS or FBS program from scratch.
I do. There was talk at the CAA basketball tournament this year of Mason going first (2014/5), then VCU (2015/6). If you saw places like ODU and JMU play FBS football, VCU and GMU will take their place as FCS institutions who play football in the Commonwealth.

Jeff's hybrid conference with NU, HU, Drexel, BU, GWU, etc is the one "conference" I've heard the most of if the chips fall and the Big East get raided and wind up a non-football conference (remember, the name stays with the "Catholic" schools).
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:14 AM   #63 (permalink)
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The Big East regroups as a 12 team basketball conference:

Boston U.
Providence
St. John's
Seton Hall
Villanova
St. Joe's

Georgetown
George Washington
Dayton
Xavier
DePaul
Marquette
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I prefer a 12-team new Big East that would have 2 divisions with UD and XU together in the west (with Marquette, DePaul, St. Louis, and Butler) and Richmond in the east with the five remaining BB schools there (Villanova, G-town, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Providence).

I have actually lobbied against BU as a part of any new Big East.
a10nick obviously has it in for the Terriers.

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Do you realize that I am a Xavier fan like the person who supposedly suggested BU as a viable entrant to a new Big East Conference?
Not to worry - Xavier fans have had it in for the Dayton Flyers for decades now.

Welcome to the club.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:16 AM   #64 (permalink)
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a10nick obviously has it in for the Terriers.



Not to worry - Xavier fans have had it in for the Dayton Flyers for decades now.

Welcome to the club.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:09 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Looks like it's going to be Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt, Missouri and Nebraska headed to the Big Ten:

http://www.wndu.com/sports/headlines/92447574.html

The Big Ten will look like this:

Syracuse
Rutgers
Penn State
Pitt
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Indiana

Northwestern
Purdue
Illinois
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Missouri
Nebraska

With this information.......predicted changes/re-caps to my original scenarios in this thread:

SEC:

West Virginia
Kentucky
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Clemson
South Carolina
Georgia
Miami

Florida
Florida State
Alabama
Auburn
Ole Miss
Mississippi State
LSU
Arkansas

ACC (stays at 12 members):

BC
UConn
Maryland
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Louisville

NC State
North Carolina
Duke
Wake Forest
Georgia Tech
South Florida

Big 12 (stays at 12 members):

Kansas State
Kansas
Iowa State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Texas

Texas A&M
Rice
Houston
Texas Tech
Baylor
TCU

PAC-10 (goes to 12 members):

Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Cal
Stanford

UCLA
USC
Arizona
Arizona State
Colorado
Utah

Conference USA (expands to 16 members - all sports):

Temple
Cincinnati
Marshall
JMU
ODU
Charlotte
East Carolina
Georgia State

Central Florida
Memphis
UAB
Southern Miss
Tulane
Tulsa
SMU
UTEP

Big East Basketball (10 members):

Providence
St. John's
Seton Hall
Villanova
Georgetown
Dayton
Xavier
Notre Dame
DePaul
Marquette

"New" Eastern Basketball:

NU
Boston U.
Hofstra
St. Bonaventure
Drexel
LaSalle
St. Joes
George Washington
George Mason
VCU

America East:

Maine
UNH
Vermont
UMass
URI
Hartford

Albany
Binghamton
Stony Brook
Delaware
Towson
UMBC

Patriot:

Holy Cross
Colgate
Army
Fordham
Monmouth
Bucknell

Lehigh
Lafayette
Navy
American
Richmond
W&M
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Why wouldn't UMass and URI go with the "New Eastern Basketball" group?
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Why wouldn't UMass and URI go with the "New Eastern Basketball" group?
Yeah and there's no way Fordham and W&M drop to the Patriot either.

But it's an interesting scenario.

I can't believe that Nebraska and Colorado are leaving the Big 12.
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Re: Conference Expansion: Explosion Coming?

Gotta think the bottom will break just as the top did - Football first. Thus, I'd be surprised to see the AE and PL the way it's listed.

Very nice work with the rest of the list though

Just wondering, did you consider Lamar, UTSA, TxST, and Sam Houston as they consider moving up? Sounds like the Southland is in flux atm.
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Why wouldn't UMass and URI go with the "New Eastern Basketball" group?
I just don't see UMass and URI wanting to move in the same athletic direction as those programs (no football). Losing every big basketball name would be a big blow as well.......to scheduling and REVENUE. Now, if Temple stays in that conference.......that might be enough to keep them there (I'm sure that having BU and NU in that league might also be attractive to them). But when you look at the make-up of those schools.......UMass and URI are on the outside looking in. If they both decide to can their football programs then they most certainly would stay with that league.
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Gotta think the bottom will break just as the top did - Football first. Thus, I'd be surprised to see the AE and PL the way it's listed.

Very nice work with the rest of the list though

Just wondering, did you consider Lamar, UTSA, TxST, and Sam Houston as they consider moving up? Sounds like the Southland is in flux atm.
Maybe on the football thing.......but travel/regionalism will be a huge factor at the FCS level IMO.

Didn't consider the Southland because it doesn't really affect the Eastern schools.
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Maybe on the football thing.......but travel/regionalism will be a huge factor at the FCS level IMO.

Didn't consider the Southland because it doesn't really affect the Eastern schools.
It could though - if CUSA expands it could choose to take in schools in their normal catchment (Texas) to keep the market open. I that case, I don't see ODU, JMU, or even Temple with a half a shot at getting a slot so long as UTSA, TxSt, and Lamar project to bring in a better product (all three arguably do)
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Nero comments on possible conference shake-ups.........

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories...ategory=SPORTS
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While I despise Albany with every ounce of my soul, I do have to say that the Times Union does a really nice job covering our conference.
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While I despise Albany with every ounce of my soul, I do have to say that the Times Union does a really nice job covering our conference.
Keep in mind this story was written by the Siena beat writer, not Albany's, and the picture accompanying it was of Rich Ensor. AEast was along for the ride on this one.
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Keep in mind this story was written by the Siena beat writer, not Albany's, and the picture accompanying it was of Rich Ensor. AEast was along for the ride on this one.
At least, you could call it journalism. Press & Sun switches between university mouthpiece and Pete Thamel retweeter.
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