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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:06 am 
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Welcome aboard to the Sun Belt to the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University.

However, despite joining for all sports minus football for 2016-17 (with football following by for 2017 due to the transition period), it seems that the CCG talk will be paused for a while; unless the SBC plans to either add at least 2 more full members for next season or wait until the 2017-18 academic year; and excluding any involvement within their non-fb. schools like UT-Arlington & Little Rock (formerly known as UALR).

In the meantime, having CCU on board will suffice the aspect for other sports (mostly Oly sports plus basketball), just to bring back division play. With that being said, the following format will consist of:

SBC East: Appalachian St., Georgia Southern, Georgia St., South Alabama, Troy; Coastal Carolina (in 2016-17)
SBC West: Arkansas St., UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Texas St.; UA-Little Rock (non-fb), UT-Arlington (non-fb); Idaho (fb-only), New Mexico St. (fb-only?)

The reason I put this question mark on NMSU is just for the purpose for the SBC to reconsider on inviting them for all sports, but ONLY if the conference decides to expand another school or two (such as Eastern Kentucky or Missouri St. or Sam Houston St., etc) while booting out Idaho at the end of both schools' fb-only status deals after this season concludes.

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This is a very reasonable decision.
CCU gives them 6 full members in the east with nice travel pairings.
4 full members in the west + 2 all-but-FB and 2 FB-only.

Long-term they could clean that up a bit, by booting out Idaho, making NMSU a full-member in the West, and adding a new school as all-sports member in the East.
But leaving that a bit messy actually affords some flexibility as to how the Sun-Belt might react when some movement occurs above them.

Let's not forget that as one of the bottom rungs in FBS, the Sun Belt is alaways reacting to movement above them.
Teams go from American or MWC to the Power 5, American or MWC "poach" from CUSA (MAC doesn't seem to include any candidates they want), and then CUSA poaches the Sun-Belt.

Until the P5 reach a long-term stable situation (maybe 4 x 16 or 4 X 18), and that all shakes out, the G5 have to be on guard for the trickle-down effect.

I wonder if someone like David Boren will get all the P5 people in a room and suggest how much money can be made if the P5 realigns ito a P4 that is structured more like the NFL.
The current 4-team playoff will head into year 2 of 12 next week. But the full rotation is complete after year 6.
At that point, the playoff could shift to an 8-team / 7-game bracket (adding quarter-finals).
A lot of people may start pushing for that. At that point, a P4 alignment may pick up some steam.


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Good for Coastal. I expect a lot of news over the next couple months about venue renovations and the sort. The kind of figures I expect to see about it, I could see how SBC would be impressed.

Is this where it ends for EKU? NMSU? UMass has to be sweating it now.


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This is a very good choice. CCU is an excellent location for the SBC. Coastal needs to renovate and expand that stadium.

Expanding by just one, for now, does give the SBC options and time.


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