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Well this is silly. Keep in mind he means Jacksonville State here (the one in Alabama), and not regular Jacksonville who recently dropped football. As I understand it (and I don't totally), this allows the WAC to have an AQ spot for the FCS tournament, and also allows the three future ASUN/UAC teams to have an auto-bid for the season. So I guess we'll be waiting a bit on that sixth ASUN football member.

 

 

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As a Stetson alum, it's interesting to me that they aren't joining the ASUN football league just yet. We have athletics scholarships for every sport except football (hence why we're in the Pioneer currently). Seeing the amount of money that was poured into improvements for our athletics facilities over my 4 years there, I find it hard to believe they don't have the money to offer the minimum number of scholarships to move out of the PFL. I could just be talking out of my ass though and they might have plans to join some time from 2022-24. 

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Did we miss this? The same day the news of the return of WAC football broke, league member UTRGV quietly started the process of adding FCS football.

 

They'd previously done feasibility studies on FBS football. I'm assuming they saw FBS wasn't really worth it but FCS wouldn't be bad. Add in that they have a built in landing place now, makes it way easier.

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Having UTRGV with football helps the WAC land on their feet a little quicker then the ASUN will. The ASUN still has to find that sixth member to help reach that guideline for an automatic bid in the FCS playoffs.

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17 hours ago, Seadragon76 said:

Having UTRGV with football helps the WAC land on their feet a little quicker then the ASUN will. The ASUN still has to find that sixth member to help reach that guideline for an automatic bid in the FCS playoffs.

 

On the plus side, they won't need to build their own football stadium.  They can use the stadium Rio Grande Valley FC is using.

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