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I'm not sure how long UMass stays in the A-10. They play Div I football in the MAC. That split cannot last long-term
They're waiting on UConn to leave so they can join C-TBA.
If the new JMU administration gets it, it'll do anything to land the school in an FBS conference, any FBS conference. There's just no reason for James Madison to stay CAA, other than not having any other options.
I assume this is the place to start rumors that will lead to FGCU landing in the Big 10?
Well, I mean, that’s what it is. I doodoo and then listen to Katy Perry.
The MAC has the right to expel UMass because Temple left per the agreement they made.
Considering they didn't already dismiss UMass and the fact that they've played with an eastern outpost for some time now I don't see UMass getting kicked out.
so the likely future of the A-10 looks something like this:
Let's be fair, that's a downgrade from where they were before
Is anyone debating that it's a downgrade? They've basically become a better version of the CAA.
The JMU board is in full melt-down mode at caazone.com. I'm trying to troll, but I don't know how. Thank god I joined the Maryland bandwagon for no reason in the middle of a 2-10 season four years ago.
I don't think they can expel them until 2014 if they want to. The original reason for adding them was to balance out the league with 2 7 member fb divisions.
This post was edited by letsgoterps 13 months ago
Out of habit I want to say he's wrong.
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That's not what's been reported elsewhere. No chance it actually happens even if the current rules say so (not sure).
Pretty meaningless. Hard to imagine a case where the conference tournament winner wouldn't be an at-large.
It appears that Georgia Southern may announce a move to the Sun Belt on Wednesday. Not confirmed, but I would say it's probable.
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Are your SoCon sources saying they are going to be a package deal with App St, or are they going solo?
It is the business walk of the biggest, baddest bear in the national park happening upon an abandoned picnic.
Widely believed they would both go to the Sun Belt, not necessarily as a package deal, but as the most palatable of the FCS schools (along with JMU, if JMU had been interested). I will be shocked if App doesn't get an invite shortly, assuming GSU does announce it's going on Wednesday.
If GSU gets a Sun Belt invite and App doesn't, heads will roll in Boone...
And now it's being reported that Appalachian State will accept a Sun Belt invite on Wednesday...
Does that also mean their football team is going D1?
FCS is D-1. However, yes, this move is being made for App and GSU to move to FBS for football.
The JMU board is in complete meltdown mode over GMU/ASU/and GSU. I know i've seen a sandlapperspike screen name on caazone.com. check it out spike.
I'm curious to see how well Appy and Ga Southern due in the Sun Belt. I have a feeling both will be competitive right away.
I've been reading some of it. Yeesh.
Funny thing is, I think JMU may wind up in the Sun Belt anyway. Steven Godfrey at SB Nation says he thinks it is unlikely that either Idaho or New Mexico State winds up in the SBC. That league will probably grab one more school after WKU leaves. I like JMU's chances in that scenario, assuming its administration is willing to cut the cord with the CAA.
The A-10 had to act swiftly in adding George Mason to replace Butler or Xavier. The A-10 made a play a year ago for Mason but decided to go with VCU and Butler instead. Those turned out to be sound moves. A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said there was nothing wrong with a 13-team league citing the odd-number Big Ten (11) and ACC (9) for years. Mason fits the A-10 profile and had to get out of a CAA, which is being poached like a carcass by various conferences. The A-10 continues to look for basketball-centric schools for its long-term survival. Meanwhile, the CAA missed out on luring Davidson along with the College of Charleston. The CAA could really use Davidson now and it might be worth trying to make another play. What these latest moves prove yet again is that every conference is out for itself. Please spare us any further commentary from a conference commissioner about being pilfered by other leagues. They all do it to the league below them. They are all guilty of trying to steal from one league to strengthen their own.
1. Wichita State's Gregg Marshall doesn't have to move since he has a stable, lucrative deal. He now heads the dominant team in the Missouri Valley Co
depending on what happens with "merica 12"... the other option out there may well be Temple back to the A-10, and having the football back in the MAC.... that may make sense....
Exactly why would Davidson want to join the CAA this time? The CAA is appreciably worse now.
For additional and hot-off-the-press commentary on the SoCon situation, along with a few other leagues (CAA, A-10, Sun Belt, new Big East, the Metro), you can read the rantings of this deranged blogger:
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