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RMU seems to have another problem, and that is football. As a poster on the Bucknell board pointed out, when Monmouth left for the MAAC, the NEC told them they were not welcome to remain as a football-only member. They struggled to find a league and ended up in the Big South. Presumably RMU has taken this into consideration, but it's certainly not clear where football will land.
The NEC is at 8 football teams now. Kicking Bobby Mo to the curb would leave them at 7 schools, which I believe is the minimum to retain their automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. With it not being rare for teams at that level to move, or even drop football, they might be cutting off their nose to spite their face if the make the Colonials leave. They may have to swallow their pride in this case, as it just seems too risky to operate on the edge like that.
 

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True for Vermont, however I feel good for NJIT on this one. Much better geographic fit in there for them and also makes it so the conference is almost entirely connected by states on the map (only UMBC is a bit of an outlier, and not really by much with very little ground to cover through either Delaware or PA to get to NJ).

However...

 

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Hmmmm... unverified profile? I’ve seen the NJIT move reported from multiple sources—some prior to Goodman’s tweet. We’ll see, but this one makes too much sense to not eventually happen. For the Highlanders, playing in the A-Sun is preposterous.
That was just one of the first replies I saw to the tweet.

However, if you go to the commissioners page on their website, this account is linked: ASUN Conference
 

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Very interesting, indeed. Either way, it’s sort of a lame, small-time look from the ASUN commissioner.

It’s doubtful that NJIT built its new arena to host teams from Florida, Alabama, and Kentucky. One would think the AE would welcome the upgrade in facilities.
 

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Say in 3-5-10 years, the new Big East poaches St. Louis and Old Dominion is interest in the A10 and going Independent FB, like UMass and UConn. How serious of a look would they receive. We do have a lot of former CAA members that can rekindle rivalries and positive as far as traveling and bus-able games for all sports.

Adding some context from our AD and posting the above, as think ODU is less than satisfied with CUSA.

“From a football standpoint, looking at a league like the American with UConn and Temple in there would have made some sense,” Bamford said of talk about potentially taking the Huskies spot. “Now, I don’t think it does and we’ve found that being an independent and getting a really good, competitive, balanced schedule is doable. Now having lived it for three years and scheduling for the next three or four, there’s no real impetus for us to get into a league when I think there’s going to be more independent football-playing schools in the next three-to-five years as there’s going to be conference realignment.”

 

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Are we really going to talk about UMass football? o_O
 

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Temple never should have left us. They should be here and playing in a football-specific conference, as hockey does, with the likes of UMass, UConn, ODU, Army, Navy, Charlotte, Liberty, and maybe a small handful of others.
 

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Temple never should have left us. They should be here and playing in a football-specific conference, as hockey does, with the likes of UMass, UConn, ODU, Army, Navy, Charlotte, Liberty, and maybe a small handful of others.
Being Independent is fine. We have the A10 were almost half the teams are bus-able for all sports and local teams for football as UConn and Army every year and sometimes Boston College.

ODU can do the same and be happy in the A10 as well. Is ODU a no go because they have football?
 

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Being independent these days means no game. The BIG Ten announced they are only playing conference games in football. UMass and teams like Liberty will have a hard time getting a game.
 

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Yes, Covid is an interesting negative for Fall sports.
But you all are ducking the question about ODU!!!!
I hate ODU so ask someone else. Ha!
 

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Here's the thing, though.... UConn could do that because of who they are.

They got hosed with the new American TV deal. Less money than they thought, and the deal eliminated second-tier/third-tier rights by giving ESPN/ESPN+ every game as inventory. Normally, that stuff isn't a big deal. There's actually very few second-tier deals anymore and most non-first tier goes into streaming platforms. Except UConn had a $1+ million contract with SNY for UConn women's hoops.

So for UConn, instead of getting $7 million for every piece of inventory; they get $5 million from the Big East; struck a sub-licensing deal for WBB on SNY to keep getting that extra $1+ million, AND sold football rights to CBS, which probably pushes them over the $7 million the AAC would give them; And they get back to playing into an elite basketball conference instead of the "Let's fight with the A-10/MWC for 7th."


In Conference USA, Old Dominion gets about $400,000 a year for all sports. Which is basically what we get from TV. Of course, if they were to join the A-10 and go independent in football, they could sell TV rights to football separate and make slightly more money while being in a better basketball league. But what is ODU football TV rights worth? Most people probably don't know they have team. They've lost 5500 season ticket sales (out of a stadium that seats 22,000) in the last few years. They've had one winning season in six years of FBS football. They were 1-11 last season.

So they're going to break even at best switching leagues (except for adding NCAA unit revenue, which comes out of our pockets, so why would we want to invite them?)

If they go independent in football, they look like an unwanted terrible football program. There's no bowl opportunities because of tie-ins, and basically, at that point they are better off just dropping football. You improve your standing in college sports by winning conference championships in basketball/football. Their best bet to elevate their athletics is to stay in C-USA, become good and hope for an AAC invite.
 

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Yes, Covid is an interesting negative for Fall sports.
But you all are ducking the question about ODU!!!!
I'd say no to ODU. What would they ultimately add? Especially that another program couldn't, say a Belmont?

ODU would have been a better addition than GMU, but that happened. No reason to do it again.
 
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