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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:30 pm 
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I found some interesting stuff as it relates to UAB and CUSA.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/briangoff/2 ... one-off/2/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/al ... 3-11e4-9a2
http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/201 ... l_num.html
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootbal ... on-healing

This next link has a vid of the team learning at a meeting of the closing of football at the university.
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootbal ... nful-death

Faculty quickly decides their stand on the issue.
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootbal ... ll-dropped

Possible in state rivalry problems?
https://sports.vice.com/article/screw-t ... -otherwise


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:34 am 
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CBSSports article with update on UAB/football program situation at http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootbal ... to-revival


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:01 am 
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Article from AL.com discussing possible options for C-USA and UAB in case that school ultimately is forced to leave C-USA at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015 ... _does.html


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:51 am 
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I think the best option is to drop UAB and stay at 13. This leaves them the option of bringing the Blazers back if they restart football but it also increases the slices of pie for the other 13 schools. It also makes the basketball side of things less crowded and increases the tournament bid chances for schools like UTEP, ODU, LA Tech, and WKU who are solid midmajors but in a large league that no longer has the strength needed to earn at-large bid consideration.

I think the next best option, if the league is insistent on having an even number of members, is to admit someone like Arkansas St, UL Lafayette, or South Alabama that can be slotted in the West to preserve the geography of the conference and ease the travel situation. I'm not a fan of making MTSU or a Florida school play in the West. Why should a new member get to inconvenience the travel and jeopardize the rivalries of an existing member of the league? Arkansas St and UL Lafayette are the proven cream of the crop in the Sunbelt and South Alabama is a growing program that is making great strides and has a modest market.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:24 pm 
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Article out of Hampton Roads discussing probability that CUSA will decide on UAB membership at their June meeting at http://www.hamptonroads.com/2015/04/con ... ng-dallas#


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:21 pm 
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Things are not looking good for UAB to stay in C-USA if this article is true. UAB better start calling around. My guess is that the Sun Belt will throw them a lifeline and present it in a way that if UAB wants to bring back football in the future then they would have a spot in a FBS conference.


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AL.com article discussing UAB/C-USA membership situation at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015 ... ts_bi.html


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:21 pm 
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UAB is kind of a gamble for conferences right now. For both the CAA and MVC it would mean expanding the footprint and bringing in someone else for #12. The big question is does the risk outweigh the reward? It menans splitting the conference revenue 12 ways instead of 10 and in no way does expanding promise to increase a conference's chances at attaining an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. If the Blazers were ever to restart football they would then be a flight risk to head to the Sunbelt or possibly back to C-USA if conditions were right.

I'd even consider UAB a risky add for the Sunbelt--sure it would even them out and allow for divisional play in some sports, thus easing travel, but there is no guarantee that C-USA wouldn't turn around and take a Sunbelt school returning them to the same predicament of having 11 schools.

Hopefully, UAB will be given a year to find a new conference that way both the Blazers and the other conferences have a chance to mull over the decision.


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Article out of UAB area discussing possible landing spots for UAB if C-USA kicks them out.
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/n ... -take.html


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AL.com article discussing UAB/C-USA membership situation at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015 ... te_to.html


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:20 pm 
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I'm curious to see where UAB athletic program is going to land. MVC seems to be a popular theory but the MVC would need a 12th school. Belmont makes sense as a basketball move and for geography. The MVC also has a delicate basketball/football balance to manage so they might have to invite a football affiliate like North Dakota St or Western Illinois in. Murray art is out there too as a football friendly, basketball friendly, geographically friendly option but that would put them at 11 football members which the MVFC may or may not like. (Although if the Horizon could lure North Dakota over as a member they could be #12 in the MVFC.)

Going into a lesser league where they could be the dominate basketball school is another route. They could be the big dog in the A-Sun or SoCon. Look at NMSU--while getting left behind by the other old WAC schools sucks, as long as the WAC has enough schools to be a conference they pretty much have an automatic bid to the men's basketball tournament.

As far as replacements for UAB in C-USA I'm not a fan of picking up a school in Virginia that would mess up the East/ West balance. Go with a proven Sunbelt school like Arkansas St or ULL or get back into Alabama with South Alabama.


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