Wednesday, May 31, 2006
After licensing a new football bowl game in Toronto last month, the NCAA will study the possibility of allowing schools from outside the United States to become members.
Canada's University of British Columbia and St. Clair College have expressed interest in joining the association. The NCAA's highest policy-making group, the executive committee, asked for recommendations on the issue to be delivered in October.
NCAA spokesman Bob Williams stressed there is still much to learn, including how Canadian laws might affect NCAA rules, and that the executive committee only authorized the working group two weeks ago. Even with new member schools from the United States, he noted, "it's not an overnight process."
UBC athletic director Bob Phillip, who traveled to Indianapolis last year to meet with NCAA officials, said Canadian television markets might be part of the attraction to the NCAA.
As for UBC, which has 40,000 students, Phillip said "the attraction for us is basketball and hockey in Division I." But he mentioned another motivation, one that has been a contentious issue for years in Canadian college sports -- what schools may give athletes.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the country's version of the NCAA, allows schools to pay only for athletes' tuition. Although the NCAA doesn't offer scholarships in Division III, the other two divisions can provide room, board and books as well as tuition. That has resulted in what one Canadian newspaper called a "brawn drain" of athletes leaving the country for scholarships in the U.S.
"Our position is that our school should offer the same opportunity to Canadian students," Phillip said. "Others feel that if you raise money for athletic scholarships, it'll drain other areas where schools generate revenue."
There are more than 1,000 schools in the NCAA. The CIS has 50.
Gardner-Webb University’s Board of Trustees approved the institution’s move to full membership in the Big South Conference during Thursday’s trustee meeting.
Gardner-Webb will remain with the Atlantic Sun Conference – its current league – during a two-year transition period. Gardner-Webb’s final year of competition in the A-Sun would be 2007-2008, with full membership in the Big South beginning on July 1, 2008.
Occasionally, we'll touch on topics of sports business, especially expansion and realignment within pro sports. The hot rumor going around this week is one that actually makes plenty of sense. The NFL is set on having pro football in the Los Angeles market. There are a few scenarios we've heard of that all make sense...but one seems logical. Some of the rumors have included:Thursday, May 25, 2006
1) Arizona Cardinals move to Los Angeles: This was popular in the past, but with a new stadium the team is not moving.
2) Indianapolis Colts to Los Angeles: This doesn't look like it will happen either
3) Minnesota Vikings move to Los Angeles: not going to happen either
Now we get into the rumors that do make some sense....
4) Jacksonville Jaguars to Los Angeles: The NFL expanded in the Florida market, adding a third team from the football talent rich state. Had the NFL known that the Rams would move to St. Louis, Jacksonville would never had gotten a team. But they did, and now we have the #2 US market without a team while Jacksonville a market not in the top 50 has a team. The team has had problems recently in regards to the sharing of revenues with the city from stadium advertisements. If the NFL were to relocate a team to LA, the Jaguars would make sense.
5) New Orleans Saints to Los Angeles: This is a move that remains on the radar. Owner Benson would prefer to move the team to San Antonio. But that market is too small in the eyes of the NFL. In the perfect world, Benson would sell the team to the NFL which would find a new owner and relocate the team to Southern California. A Reggie Bush homecoming would boost ticket sales as well.
6) San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles: This is certainly the 2nd best option out there for the NFL. The Chargers were originally from Los Angeles, and the Anaheim market would be ideal for the team. You'll already find plenty of Chargers fans in Orange County who make the trek down to San Diego on Sundays. If the Chargers moved to Anaheim, there would be San Diego residents who would remain loyal. The issue with San Diego has been a new stadium and the city just can't afford to help finance a new stadium or give land to the Chargers. The catch with the Chargers: they could actually do the reverse of the Angels baseball team and go with a more regionally attractive name such as the "Southern California Chargers". By incorporating the Southern California qualifier into their name, the team could have appeal in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego as the team would be the only NFL team in the Southern California market.
7) LA Gets an Expansion Team: The Dodgers, the Lakers...even the Raiders at one time...all were relocated teams to LA. Sentiment has seemed to be that most fans would prefer an expansion team rather than a retread. But with 32 NFL teams in eight (4) team divisions, expansion isn't that easy. If a team were to relocate to LA, a nickname change might be required out side the Chargers and a certain Bay Area team.
And the scenario that makes the most sense...
8) Oakland Raiders relocate back to Los Angeles: When driving around Los Angeles, you'll see more Raiders bumperstickers and decals than Dodgers or Angels. The Raiders are still part of the Los Angeles lexicon. A Raiders LA homecoming would be the best possible move by the NFL. Any other team would have a difficult time building a following. The Raiders would instantly be accepted. The stadium issues in Oakland may open the doors to a possible move back to LA. But Al Davis will probably still be the owner, despite recent rumblings that he will sell the team to any other group, including one headed by Eddie DeBartolo and Carmen Policy.
LA will have a team again. How, Who and When are still the issues. But the NFL is smart and they know the Raiders are the best candidate for an instant moneymaker in the market. The question is could they pull it off.
Yes, I know the headline is in poor taste.Wednesday, May 24, 2006
But does anyone else find it funny that the NCAA has been putting in so much work into the preservation of the Native American culture with the recent team nickname and logo legislations...but just busted the only Native American head coach in Division I basketball?
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Big Sky officials met on Tuesday with expansion a part of the agenda. Many have assumed that any Big Sky expansion would include I-AA football playing members as a primary focus. But after the recent meeting, it appears that the Big Sky is considering adding a single school in an attempt to help it's basketball scheduling. So the idea of adding a 10th school for basketball and remaining at 9 for football is indeed being considered.Sunday, May 21, 2006
Official Big Sky Expansion Candidates:
CANDIDATES WITH FOOTBALL:
North Dakota State: new to Division I. Sponsors I-AA football
South Dakota State: new to Division I. Sponsors I-AA football but not considered as highly as North Dakota State.
Southern Utah: the school participates in the Mid-Continet conference for it's generla sports and the Great West for I-AA football. Would be a logical geographic choice located between Northern Arizona and Weber St.
North Dakota: considering Division I upgrade. Might be below NDSU on the expansion radar.
CANDIDATES WITHOUT FOOTBALL:
Denver: non-football playing member participates in the Sunbelt Confernece for it's sports and is now a geographic anomaly now that Idaho and Utah State have joined the WAC. We've brought Denver up in the past as a logical candidate for the Big Sky as they are located in the largest market within the Big sky footprint.
Utah Valley State: new to Division I, the Utah school is growing fast and would given the Big Sky entrance into the Salt Lake City market.
More Coverage from the Big Sky meetings by Chris Solari...
With a 12-game regular season now permanently in place in college football, the hypothetical question for Big 12 coaches is whether they would want the extra game to be against, say, Southeastern Louisiana or the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
To Texas Tech's Mike Leach, it's a no-brainer. Bring on the Lions, which is precisely what his Red Raiders will do on Sept. 23.
About 200 Birmingham-Southern College students and student-athletes rallied on campus Wednesday, marching with signs, chanting and shouting in support of scholarship Division I athletics at the small liberal arts school.
While they wrote letters to encourage trustees to vote against a possible move to non-scholarship Division III when the issue comes up at a meeting May 26, members of the BSC faculty were approving a resolution to urge the board to withdraw from Division I "at the earliest possible time."
History professor Ed LaMonte said the hastily called faculty meeting resulted in the acceptance of a resolution that says a move to Division III would benefit the school "in terms of its liberal arts mission and philosophy," as well as help in "securing its financial future." The vote to approve the resolution was 49-9 with one abstention, he said.
Valparaiso University, notably known for its recent success in men's basketball, accepted an invitation to join the basketball-rich Horizon League on Wednesday.Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The Crusaders will begin Horizon League competition in 17 intercollegiate sports beginning with the 2007-08 academic year, vying for a league title in all sports but men's and women's golf.
Valparaiso will make the move from the Mid-Continent Conference based partly on the geographic benefits of entering the Horizon League.
"Institutions in the Horizon League are much more geographically centralized than the institutions within the Mid-Continent Conference," said university president Dr. Alan F. Harre. "The transition to the Horizon League means less time will be needed by our student-athletes as they travel to and from competition, and it means they will miss fewer classes. Shorter travel also means less fatigue and increased concentration in the classroom."
More than anything, the men's basketball program will benefit from the move, joining NCAA stalwarts Butler and Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the highly- competitive conference.
With the departures of Chicago St. and now Valparaiso, the Mid-Continent is now down to 7 teams. With formal requests for institutional profiles issued to NSDU, SDSU and IPFW, the Mid-Continent could be preparing for a 3 team expansion to a total of 10 teams.
The Atlantic Sun Conference expanded to 12 teams today with the addition of University of South Carolina Upstate. The University of South Carolina board of trustees unanimously approved the upgrade of the USC-U athletic programs from Division II to I-AAA in February. Read on for the Official Atlantic Sun Press ReleaseFriday, May 12, 2006
As reported in The Forum , the Mid-Continent Confernece has requested institutional profiles from North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Indiana University Purdue-Fort Wayne. The Mid-Con profile request includes enrollment, accreditation status, graduation rates, degrees offered, media outlets, local hotels, budgets, fundraising, season tickets for basketball, student SAT scores and student-athlete SAT scores.Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The Mid-Continent will be at 8 schoolls with the departure of Chicago St. By requesting information from only 3 schools, we can conclude that an expansion to 12 schools is not on the Mid-Con agenda right now. Had the conference requested information from one other school (from a group including Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley State, Longwood University (Va.), New Jersey Institute of Technology) then we wouldn't rule out 12 teams. But for now, despite 3 school submitting profiles, the assumption is that the Mid-Con will expand by 1 or 2 teams bringing it's total to 9 or 10 schools.
The Atlantic Sun Conference has announced the addition of Florida Gulf Coast University as its newest member beginning in 2007-08. A-Sun Commissioner Bill Bibb made the announcement at a press conference held today on the FGCU campus.Tuesday, May 09, 2006
"The Atlantic Sun Conference is extremely pleased to announce the addition of the Florida Gulf Coast University," said A-Sun Commissioner Bill Bibb. "We are excited about the natural rivalries; we are excited about the growth and community support that FGCU brings to the conference; and we are excited about adding a member which shares the commitment to both academics and athletics which has been a hallmark of the Atlantic Sun. The vision set forth by President Merwin and Athletics Director Carl McAloose presents an excellent plan for growth and success and we are proud that this will include being a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference."
FGCU has wasted little time in establishing the University as one of the most ambitious and fastest growing institutions in the southeast. Opening its doors in 1997, FGCU has recorded explosive growth with its enrollment expected to be in excess of 8,000 students in the fall of 2006.
Savannah State University on Monday continued its pursuit of joining the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference by playing host to a campus visit by members of the historically black NCAA Division I conference.Friday, May 05, 2006
MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas and four other conference representatives, whom he would not identify, met with members of SSU's athletic department and toured the Tigers' athletic facilities.
SSU could be accepted as a conference member when the MEAC holds its spring meetings May 23-26 in Virginia Beach, Va. Expansion is expected to be among the topics discussed.
"We just have to wait it out now," SSU athletic director Robert "Tony" O'Neal said.
SSU paid the MEAC a $10,000 non-refundable application fee last year. The campus visit was the next step in the process.
"This is our normal process, a site visit," Thomas said before returning to Virginia Beach, Va., Monday night. "It's a beautiful campus. And that's all I can say. It would not be appropriate to comment any further."
SSU has competed as an NCAA Division I Independent since leaving the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and moving to Division I (I-AA in football) in 2002. The Tigers are the only Division I-AA football team that is not a member of a conference.
For more info, check out the full article by Noell Barnidge.
With schools like Old Dominion, George Mason, Georgia St. , and others either ready to start football programs or considering their formation, Texas A&M-CC take the first steps as well. The school has commissioned a study to gauge the feasibility of Division 1 football as it prepares for life in the Southland Conference. More from Caller.com...
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