Article out of Hampton Roads reporting that ODU is still deciding on whether or not to join C-USA and "may" have to delay any announcement until after tomorrow.Link at http://hamptonroads.com/2012/05/odu-wei ... rence-move
At this point, ODU has to say yes, even if they are not ready. If they pass, that could be it for many years. What happens if GMU and VCU leave the CAA after 2013? Then ODU is stuck in an America East caliber basketball conference. And if they pass on CUSA and FBS (will have years to prepare), then CUSA takes another school (say MTSU) and then Sun Belt settles in with App St. and GA Southern. At that point ODU has to hope that UD and JMU don't leave for say, the MAC.
Risky? yes. But a bigger risk to pas son the move.
Has anyone upgraded their conference affiliation and had it come back to bite them in the behind? With the possible exception of Idaho and New Mexico State?
What is the WORST that can happen to ODU? They upgrade to FBS as members of C-USA, aren't successful and have to downgrade back to FCS? They'd have built infrastructure that would be extremely good for FCS and be wanted by more conferences than if they remain stagnant?
Ultimately, the end game is FBS football leaving everyone else behind (In some ways, that's already the situation).
Is there really any difference in going for it and failing and not going for it?
Too early still to tell about the FxU schools - they spent so little time in FCS it was like they weren't there.
A school moving on to FBS before they are financially ready can be worse in the long run.