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2 hours ago, sc49erfan15 said:

IIRC, that's the second HBCU to leave the MEAC for the Big South in the recent conference shuffle (after Hampton)...I wonder if it's gonna become a trend now?

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10 minutes ago, MBurmy said:

IIRC, that's the second HBCU to leave the MEAC for the Big South in the recent conference shuffle (after Hampton)...I wonder if it's gonna become a trend now?

Unlikely

Hampton has the third largest endowment and NC A&T is sixth among HBCUs.  NC A&T also has the largest enrollment on HBCUs, is growing, and seems to have the most support from the NC Legislature. NC A&T has also been touting cost savings since most Big South opponents would be a 4 or less hour bus ride. 

 

Plus, South Carolina State may close due to small enrollment (they are under 1,000) and Bethune-Cookman is in accreditation jeopardy. MEAC may just go down to eight via attrition.

 

 

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I find it odd that the two better known schools in the MEAC are leaving for greener pastures (so to speak).

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Big South has better brand awareness, accepts football tournament bids and has better football overall.

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I’m in Asheville and last night I went to see UNC-Asheville play SC Upstate, a Big South matchup. I’ve seen a bunch of banners around town for the conference tournament being played at the downtown arena.
 

Well as it turns out! The tournament being played is the SoCon, not the Big South! It lead me to what has to be the weirdest conference tournament setup, where the Big South has teams travel to the higher seed on off days to play a conference tournament. What a weird deal.

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On 2/7/2020 at 3:36 PM, raysox said:

Well as it turns out! The tournament being played is the SoCon, not the Big South! It lead me to what has to be the weirdest conference tournament setup, where the Big South has teams travel to the higher seed on off days to play a conference tournament. What a weird deal.

 

The Patriot League tournament works the same way.  The entire tournament is played on the home courts of the higher seeds.  It works more like a single elimination playoff system like the NFL than a traditional "tournament".

 

What you get out of it is:

 

1.  A reward beyond just seeding for your regular season finish.

2.  A guaranteed enthusiastic crowd for the games . . . particularly as the tournament progresses.  No student is going to miss out on a conference final played five minutes from their dorm.

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On 2/7/2020 at 3:36 PM, raysox said:

I’m in Asheville and last night I went to see UNC-Asheville play SC Upstate, a Big South matchup. I’ve seen a bunch of banners around town for the conference tournament being played at the downtown arena.
 

Well as it turns out! The tournament being played is the SoCon, not the Big South! It lead me to what has to be the weirdest conference tournament setup, where the Big South has teams travel to the higher seed on off days to play a conference tournament. What a weird deal.

 

That's how the Big South has mostly done it since I was a student at Winthrop - except for 2013-15, when they moved the whole tournament to Coastal Carolina's (booooooo!) new gym and tried to make it a "visit Myrtle Beach in early March!" vacation. Under the campus sites format, the first rounds would be at the better-seeded team's home court, both semifinal games at the #1 seed's home gym, and conference finals at the best remaining seed's home court. It could cause some travel issues, but I always liked it because Winthrop frequently earned hosting privileges.

 

2020 is the last year for the foreseeable future that the Big South will do it this way - next year, the entire tournament moves to Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte.

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Boise State and MWC are back at square one.

 

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The Mountain West Board of Directors has quietly voted to rescind a decision that would end Boise State’s additional slice of revenue from the conference’s TV contract, several sources told the Union-Tribune.

 

In exchange, Boise State will drop a legal complaint filed last month against the conference and agree to terms of the new TV contract that begins this summer.

 

Essentially, the two sides are back to square one.

 

Boise State claims its special “carve-out” for broadcast rights to home football games, granted in 2012 as incentive to return to the Mountain West after nearly leaving for the Big East, has no expiration date and is warranted as the conference’s marquee football program. The Mountain West’s other 11 football members want TV money to be distributed evenly no matter a program’s record or pedigree, as it is in most other conferences.

 

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On 2/6/2020 at 7:47 PM, Seadragon76 said:

I find it odd that the two better known schools in the MEAC are leaving for greener pastures (so to speak).

 

I wonder what the expansion plan is for the MEAC. The only remaining HBCUs that they could add are in D2. I find it unlikely that Tennessee State would leave the OVC for the MEAC. Nor do I think any SWAC school would jump ship. D2 is pretty much the only place to go. Further, Kentucky State is planning on moving up to D1 and have been eyeing the OVC. I wonder what they would do if the MEAC were to make them an offer. 

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42 minutes ago, CrimsonBull9584 said:

 

I wonder what the expansion plan is for the MEAC. The only remaining HBCUs that they could add are in D2. I find it unlikely that Tennessee State would leave the OVC for the MEAC. Nor do I think any SWAC school would jump ship. D2 is pretty much the only place to go. Further, Kentucky State is planning on moving up to D1 and have been eyeing the OVC. I wonder what they would do if the MEAC were to make them an offer. 

 

I still think Kentucky State shouldn't make that jump because it is so expensive to make the leap from D-II to D-I and the two of the last three HBCU's to make that leap have fallen back to D-II (The other is Morris Brown, who had to fold their sports teams after getting busted for embezzlement)

 

It's just WAY too dangerous for any HBCU to make the leap from D-II to D-I. Hell, I would think it's easier for an HBCU that's at the NAIA level (like Edward Waters) to go to D-II (Case in point...)

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1 hour ago, CrimsonBull9584 said:

 

I wonder what the expansion plan is for the MEAC. The only remaining HBCUs that they could add are in D2. I find it unlikely that Tennessee State would leave the OVC for the MEAC. Nor do I think any SWAC school would jump ship. D2 is pretty much the only place to go. Further, Kentucky State is planning on moving up to D1 and have been eyeing the OVC. I wonder what they would do if the MEAC were to make them an offer. 

The travel costs alone would crush an already tenuous budget in a school with a total enrollment of under 2,500.  They would be 450 miles to the closest member school.  Maryland-Eastern Shore and Daytona Beach are 680 and 830 miles away respectively

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New USC AD Mike Bohn, "Everything is on the table."

 

 

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New USC athletic director Mike Bohn recently joined the Peristyle Podcast and talked about the competitive disadvantage Pac-12 teams are facing.

 

"We all know that the Pac-12 media rights deal has not met our expectations and we are falling drastically behind," Bohn said. "Just from 2018 numbers, we're $11 million per year, per institution, shy of the average remaining four Power Five conferences. So that's a gap that is a serious competitive disadvantage for us.

 

"This is something that we really have to spend a lot more time on and ensure that we can find some solutions because we are closer to the American Athletic Conference in the distributions than we are to the SEC and Big Ten.

 

"I know Larry Scott and his team are committed to try and find those solutions for us."

 

We asked Bohn if he would consider going independent or joining another conference in order to keep USC among the best college football programs in the country.

 

"I think right now, and Larry would agree with this, everything is on the table," he said.

Also note that even with their third highest fundraising year, UCLA Athletics still ran a $18.9M deficit

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