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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 7:18 pm 

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:53 pm 

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This has been mentioned before, quite likely on this board, as well. For WKU the MAC would propose a more natural fit, and the prospects for these schools would be enhanced should the MAC need not only bodies but broader market appeal. It would forever be a mid-major, but still regional and made up of schools with similar budgets, ideals, etc. Granted, the same was said of Marshall...

In either case, I don't expect the MAC to expand except when necessary to fill in gaps created by other departures. Even then, my friends from Ohio suggest the talk among MAC fans is that any schools failing to meet the 1-A standards will either a) settle for temporary 1-AA status or b) examine the notion of dropping football all together. The bond between many of these schools remains strong enough, however, that unless the league loses 5 more schools, there'll be little push to add others.

If any drop because of the standards, odds are it will be more than one, and the MAC could survive without a championship game. WKU could be a great addition, particularly with their recent basketball history, but the football support must show. A former colleague of mine graduated there and suspects they may, MAY, be able to draw 16 - 18 per game. Perhaps a refined MAC in a refined 1-A could make that happen?

MTSU has a great-for-small-teams facility, and would be neat geographic fit had Marshall stayed. I just wonder is they may feel more at home with the Sun Belt.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 3:05 pm 
There needs to be a solid distinction regarding 1-A, and close much of the loopholes and delays regarding attendance for being in 1-A. Also, schools such as San Jose State or perhaps Temple, Eastern Michigan, Kent, Idaho, Akron, Buffalo, that should ponder 1-AA; then there needs to be a viable option (1-AA) without appearing as a failure. Some of these 1-A schools, are on par, and in some cases less than, 1-AA schools such as Montana, Georgia Southern, Delaware, McNeese State, and UMass.
If the MAC really wanted to look better, and they have some fine schools doing well right now, they need to streamline the three or four not meeting the 1-A criteria consistently, and expand outward with rising 1-AA types that can or will. Maybe Western Kentucy will be one of those. The SunBelt, and perhaps the WAC, have some similar issues.
If all 1-A conferences are CLEANLY 1-A, rather than a few having some members clearly looking like they belong in 1-AA, then the arguement for equity in the BCS will garner more merit.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2004 3:10 am 
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Murphreesboro, TN is around 140 miles from the Ohio River, so it might be good in the MAC-south. I think any school between the Great Lakes and the Tennesse River is a good MAC candidate. It's kind of like Civil War country - Ohio Valley area.

After looking at cybercat's map, it looks as if Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State) is the epicenter of the MAC territory. Murphreesboro is about 325 (crow-fly) miles to Columbus, Ohio. To SUNY-Buffalo, 600 miles.

To put this into perspective, Fayetteville, AR (U of Arkansas) is 450 miles from Birmingham, AL -- epicenter of SEC, 730 to Columbia, SC (U of South Car.), and 790 to Gainesville, FL (U of Florida); so it's not that far comparitively. Nashville hugs the north border of Tennesse, and Murphreesboro is a southern suburb/satellite city.

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