fighting muskie wrote:
Mozilla--I somewhat agree. C-USA had some vision and realized that with the way college football is heading they needed to add for markets rather than programs that would immediately be successful. I think they did a decent job too but it was also a product of the way the Big East/American slowly picked them apart. They took UCF, SMU, and Houston first; then Memphis, came back again for Tulane and ECU and then finally Tulsa. As they rebuilt they just plugged in gaps. Had all 7 departed at once I think the 5 remaining schools would have responded much differently, possibly merging into the Sunbelt completely rather than picking them apart and letting the SBC restock with FCS call ups. Marshall might have lobbied to go back to the MAC.
As for the Sunbelt, I think they had a plan but never expected to get hit as hard as they did. Personally I think they did I decent job rebuilding under the circumstances. Texas St was a good grab, Georgia St brought a great market and will be a work in progress and Appalachian St and Georgia Southern bring great FCS credentials. I don't get why they are stalling for 12 unless someone they want (other than JMU) told them they needed another year to get ready. If they don't get to 12 then the whole deal with Idaho is merely an act of charity. They really ought to dump the Vandals as soon as it's convenient. Who wants to go to Moscow, ID to play in a 16,000 seat aircraft hangar?
I totally agree with Texas State and Georgia State.
And App State is a worthy candidate.
Not totally sold on G. Southern....and if, Idaho was just in the name of charity with a dash of survival sprinkled on top....then I guess I can understand that. But, with a school like UMass available soon, and UMass is much closer to JMU than Idaho...plus, UMass has some good academics and is located in a very populated area. Things could have looked much different if Benson hadn't jumped the gun by adding schools before they had their whole game plan figured out.
Anyway, back to CUSA.
With the added basketball of Charlotte and ODU....could that make UTEP reconsider a jump to the MWC? One drawback to the MWC.....there seems to be a ceiling on advancement. If a MWC school doesn't have Pac 12 appeal....there is no where else to go..to gain a more seasoning. CUSA is on the east coast and central...where there are plenty of options for a school who has higher aspirations(ACC, AAC, SEC, Big 12, B1G, A-10, Big East). Realistically, UTEP doesn't have much chance to move past the MWC...but, there is no reason to cap their ceiling, right?