The Bishin Cutter wrote:
I don't doubt Coastal would approach the Sun Belt, as they've been pounding on SoCon's and CAA's doors for a few years now. It's just difficult to take their candidacy seriously when the facilities simply aren't there yet. They seem years away from anything beyond FCS.
Sun Belt's a good way to get into the FBS game, but it's concerning me schools are trying to jump there because other conferences just ahead of these others won't give them a sniff. And Big South seems to be that collective now with both Coastal and Liberty itching to move. You also have northern football programs parking there because of the gridlock up in the NEC, Patriot, and CAAF, ala Monmouth and Stony Brook. And what's Kennesaw State up to?
I'm wondering if there's something EKU is finding they can't do, and is motivating them to look. Did they have eyes on the Horizon and MVFC, or SoCon? Frustrated that NKU went straight up to Horizon like that and see the issues having a football program creates for affiliation choices?
If CCU is as unprepared as we think for such a long jump up to the SBC....then, why is Karl hinting at them being a candidate? It makes no sense for the conference to be looking at such an underqualified school that is outside the current footprint. Why would he even waste time mentioning them when there are huge gaps in the center of the SBC footprint?? Is he not planning on adding CCU until they are fully prepared....like in five years or something?
Shouldn't the conference be chasing better sized fish for all sports? Like: UT Chatt., Tenn State, Southern, Mo State, Sam Houston, NMSU, or Lamar.
Or, if winning in fb is the only requirement: NDSU, Sam Houston, Jville State, Illinois State, or EKU.
Or, if markets and recruiting(tex, tenn, fla) are the only requirement: Sam Houston, Lamar, JacksonvilleU(non fb), Belmont(non fb), N. Florida(non fb), Tenn St, or UT Chatt.
Something has got to give, with the SBC. There are just way too many hurdles laying in their way...and the conference isn't doing anything about reducing their future obstacles. If they chose a direction with the non fb schools...it would narrow the possibilities for the conference. And allow them to start shaping their future.
What is their master plan?
Should they dump the non-fb schools or add two more to even out the distribution and add markets for tv dollars?
Will they desire to get to 12 members for a CCG or, will they try for a CCG without 12 in fb? Or, will they forget about a CCG and go without, altogether?
What will they do with the two fb affiliates?
Will they finally settle their journey for members...only to get poached again, and have to reset their whole agenda?
The huge gaps in the footprint along with no decision regarding the future of the non-fb schools, and the affiliates....is making the conference look totally weak and directionless. Isn't it the purpose of the commissioner to help point a direction for the conference? Where is the leadership?