CSNBBS.com MB thread discussing report that EKU may be interested in moving to FBS if they can snag an invite from a league "like" the SBC at http://csnbbs.com/thread-666919.html
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I think that the SBC should take a good look at EKU. They are losing WKU and EKU would be an addition in the east and could be a travel mate with APP State. It doesn't look like JMU is interested in SBC and SBC needs to move on. If they have 1, 2, or even 3 or more schools interested in joining then they need to add invite them. It won't be long before more conference changes takes place and the SBC gets its members taken away again. They need to be proactive and get more than 12 members in all sports . Reading about the Power 5 in ESPN and how they are going to get more power and make more decisions, the only way that Non power conferences can servive is to load up with as many school as possible and wait and see what happends. Once these power 5 get more control they will continue to enlarge their membership with schools from the AAC, MW, MAC, and then these conferences will takes schools from C-USA and SBC. SBC has got to be proactive and take teams that wants to be in the SBC and are willing to stay in the SBC and not just take schools that only want to be in it until another conference comes calling. The only way to go from being the 10th FBS conference to being the 6th or 7th FBS ranked conference and get more TV air time is to develop a stable membership with schools that have the desire to come to SBC and stay SBC long term. Then the SBC could develop a better TV contract and more air play once these schools improve. SBC is in a tight spot. Every time one of their members progress then another conference comes calling and takes them and the SBC is back to step one again. I think that the SBC needs to raise the exit fee for members to leave the conference and then one invite these schools that want to be in the SBC long term!
I agree with most of what you wrote.
But, I have to wonder.....what has EKU done to deserve the call up? Since, you were the one suggesting them....I'll let you list the positives that EKU brings and the history of their recent successes.
Honestly, i have no idea what EKU has done! I am not going to go on and on about EKU or any other school. To be honest i had to look up EKU when i heard about them. However the point that i attempted to make is that, The SBC is the bottom of the FBS 10 conferences. Anyone that says otherwise, i am sorry, but you can see it for yourself. The SBC has the least number of bowl tie ins, they haven't had a team ranked in the top 25 in how long? Every time a school improves another conference invites them to join and the school leaves. Point being that the SBC wants to be picky but in all honestly for the SBC it is all about staying alive at this point. They are not going to attract any FBS school to join (at least in all sports), they are not getting JMU like they wish, and sooner rather then later, teams like ULL and Ark- State will be gone once C-USA decides to expaned. So instead of just trying to stay afloat, they need a real long term plan. The SBC needs to invite schools that may not have a long history or even any history (such is the case with Georgia State), as long as the schools are willing to stay in the conference long term. Their new moto is "Together We Rise", so even the moto tells everyone that they don't expect to get proven school members to join but they hope to keep members and bring in new members that will one day develop into a better conference and move up from the bottom GO5 to either middle of the pack or higher!
Hey, I am totally behind everything you have said.
I just thought that maybe you had some other thoughts of schools to add...as kind of a 'master plan'.
I would like to see: Sam Houston, McNeese and one other....SE La, EKU, Jville State. And I don't just want any school...these schools need to have been competitive...and deserve the call up.
I checked out EKU's and a few others record of late(last ten years):
Tenn State – 4 winning seasons (52 wins) (2 real opponents)
Jville State – 10 winning seasons (73 wins) (8 real opponents)
E Ky – 9 winning seasons (69 wins) (10 real opponents)
Sam Houston - 6 winning seasons (69 wins) (13 real opponents)
Tenn State – 2 winning seasons (1 – 20 win seasons) (134 wins)
Jville State – 2 winning seasons (0 – 20 win seasons) (112 wins)
E Ky – 5 winning seasons (4 – 20 win seasons) (173 wins)
Sam Houston - 7 winning seasons (4 – 20 win seasons) (188 wins)
...a real opponent is usually a large D1 school.
Liberty wasn't much better than Tenn State.