The Sun Belt was pretty desperate for teams back in 2012/2013 so I'm assuming some sort of inducement may have been offered to them to join. I know they were gutted by C-USA back at that time. But yeah, that wouldn't seem to make much sense otherwise for sure.Non-football schools getting CFP revenue seems like bad drafting of the Sun Belt's membership agreement.
It's interesting how they didn't really know they were on radars until they got the invite. Depending how things go with MVC and related trickle down, they could be sought after by the OVC (who needs members, probably wants to be at 12/puts them right in the footprint with a lot of teams close by), or the Horizon if they lose UIC. That's a real nice position for a D2 team to be in.Don't forget, the University of Southern Indiana was actually invited to move up from D-II to a D-I league in the summer. They are conducting a feasability study, which was to have been completed by December 3rd. Apparently they will make some sort of decision in January during a leadership meeting. Anyway, the speculation of landing spots included the OVC, the ASUN and the Horizon.
USI flirting with DI move
Man, the only one they had a prayer with would have been C-USA. I suppose maybe an outside shot if the MAC decided they would take just Western Kentucky instead of the package deal with Middle Tennessee State. But even then...UMass football. Yuck.
UMass reached out to CUSA, Sun Belt and MAC about football membership. This site got the FOIA requests on it
Agreed that CUSA is the only realistic possibility for UMass football. I'm not sure what it does other than give them a conference schedule so they don't have to cobble together a full schedule every year. They don't have anything in common with the other football playing members. I guess that Liberty would be the biggest "name" game. And they might get a trip to Florida every other year if they play FIU.Man, the only one they had a prayer with would have been C-USA. I suppose maybe an outside shot if the MAC decided they would take just Western Kentucky instead of the package deal with Middle Tennessee State. But even then...UMass football. Yuck.
I think it's fashionable to get a study done, say we can do it, and then hunt around in search of a big-money donor that is unlikely to come. If it worked for schools ranging from Penn State to Augustana, why not our school? It's like the B-movie to the blockbuster doing a football feasibility study.I'm kind of surprised that there are so many schools looking at creating or upgrading a hockey program. It is a fairly expensive sport and would most likely require an addition to their women's sports offerings as well. With the way budgets are today, I can't imagine many schools having all the extra money to do this. We have seen countless schools drop sports or even drop levels in the last couple of years.
Maybe I am missing something, but man, this just doesn't seem to make a ton of sense to me.
Right, which again, is why most of them just continue to say things and not actually do anything. I suspect that will be the same for some of these newer names on the radar until they actually secure the bag from the institution, or an outside party to start up. Only 4 schools have been added on the men's side this decade (Penn State, Arizona State, LIU, St. Thomas). One (STU) had to bring everything up anyway in their transition. In that time you've probably had double, triple the amount of schools who have done studies or stated to have rumored interest in it. I largely suspect it will be the same going forward.All of that pretty much spells out why it doesn't make much sense to me. The new costs (salaries, scholarships, extensive travel, etc) just don't seem to make sense in the financial situation these schools are currently in at the moment.
Or drive them out after spending a year in Anchorage if they're not Alaskans. To be fair, there are a lot of Alaskans on that roster. But, how many good enough to be D1? How many that might be would want to stay? (Jeremy Swayman and a lot of others don't). For reference, Alaska Fairbanks is playing this year and has one Alaskan on their roster. Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks at eliteprospects.comAnchorage just got a NAHL junior team and is hoping that will drive a pipeline into the UAA program.