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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:01 am 
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Article out of Asbury Park discussing future possibility of AAC member UCONN de-emphasizing FB and joining the BE for non FB sports if they are not able to join the Big 12.Link at http://www.app.com/story/sports/college ... g/91840616


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:51 pm 
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Article out of Wichita discussing unconfirmed report of AAC interest in WSU as BB only at http://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wi ... 87273.html


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:47 am 
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CBSSports article with comments from AAC Commish and others regarding possibility of separate playoff for group of five FB schools at http://www.cbssports.com/college-footba ... wn-playoff


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:25 am 
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Interesting idea... there are enough of these silly bowl games that nobody cares about, where 2 of them could become semi-finals for a 4-team G5 championship.
Notice how most of the bowl games are played in empty stadiums, and ESPN alters the camera angle to shoot downward to avoid showing all the empty seats.
Some games have a 50,000 seat stadium and there are 5000 spectators there. 2 teams, some family and hard-core fans, 2 bands, a bunch of locals, and some folks with ESPN "comp" tickets. It looks ridiculous.

AAC's Aresco thinks this idea is a "no go".

I think he believes adopting such a concept admits that the G5 are somehow inferior, and that sets a bad precedent for G5 inclusion if and when the CFP ever expands to 8 or 16....

Also - the "top" G5 team currently gets slotted into a non-semi-final Big 6 Bowl (not Rose, not Sugar, perhaps Orange, Gator, Cotton, Fiesta). There is a substantial amount of money associated with that slot which is split 5 ways between G5 conferences. IF the top G5 teams went to a G5 playoff, would they forfeit that slot and all that money ?

Once the current CFP format is revised, this could be revisited....


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:09 am 
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Do we think the AAC is requiring Wichita State to play FBS football as a condition for AAC membership ?

I'm not clear on whether that is a key component of these supposed discussions, or not....


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:27 pm 
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tute79 wrote:
Do we think the AAC is requiring Wichita State to play FBS football as a condition for AAC membership ?

I'm not clear on whether that is a key component of these supposed discussions, or not....


I hope they do not require football from Wichita State. They fill a void left by Navy in the other two major sports (Not really sure college baseball is a major sport). And lets be honest, it is very difficult to field a quality football program without much in state talent. Is there really enough talent in the state of Kansas to field a third BCS program? Right now there doesn't seem to be enough for two.

If you add Wichita State, that gets us to 12 in hoops and 9 in baseball. I didn't realize we only had 8 teams in the conference for baseball. Temple, Navy, SMU and Tulsa don't play baseball? I knew Navy didn't have a squad, or at least not in the AAC. I didn't realize the others didn't either.

Adding Wichita State adds quality to the baseball and the hoops.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:35 pm 
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I believe Navy plays all their Olympic sports in their "primary" conference - the Patriot League.
They are only an affiliate in FBS Football in the AAC.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:59 pm 
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Not sure where to post this, but since Memphis leads, will do so here.

The best Group of Five college football recruiting classes:
(Feb., 1, 2017).

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nc ... /97345096/


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Article out of Hartford with denials from AAC member UConn and BE that they have had membership discussions at http://www.courant.com/sports/college/h ... story.html


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Mark Blaudschun blog article discussing possible AAC BB expansion with schools "like" Wichita State,Dayton, and Virginia Commonwealth at https://tmgcollegesports.com/2017/03/01 ... rade-hoops


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Article out of Wichita(previously posted in another thread)discussing above posted report that AAC may be interested in adding WSU at http://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wi ... 63693.html


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:50 am 
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It should be pointed out that the above article is NOT really another independent source.
it cites the article Freaked posted (two posts up) from Mark Blaunschein (Boston Globe ?), so it's the same source.

Wichita State plugs into the AAC VERY nicely (the non-football compliment to Navy) and perfect travel partner for Tulsa.

Something to ponder - does adding a bunch of non-FB schools risk creating a dichotomy of FB and non-FB schools, which eventually blew up the old Big East ?
Maybe not, since the AAC is firmly entrenched now as a G5, which is NOT going to pull in the football TV $$$$ that a P5 conference is capable of.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:39 pm 
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I think the AAC might now realize the only way it'll compete with the P5 is to increase its national profile in basketball. Let's face it, the only schools they might (realistically) be able to get to increase the football profile are BYU and Boise, and they're such a geographic outlier that it's unlikely to occur. As a result, the FB schools understand that they'll have to coexist with some BB-only schools to keep up.

The uncertainty with the Big XII might bring pause to these three schools (esp. w/ Cincy, less so with Houston or others), but I doubt it would be a deal breaker.

Add WSU, VCU, Dayton to the current AAC structure, and that becomes a formidable conference. Up there with the NBE. 4-5 NCAA bids easily, 6-8 in a good year.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:26 pm 
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Agree with your opinions Shocker.
I guess we shouldn't call them BB only, since it'll be all their sports (they just don't play FBS football).

So what would be the goal here for the AAC ?
To get a BB TV contract similar to what the new BE has with Fox ?
Might be possible, but it'd be a few million / school at most
(nothing to sneeze at, but nothing compared to P5 Football TV money...)

Any issues with Dayton being a Catholic Jesuit (?) school ?
They've been hoping for a Big East invitation, but Xavier may be resistant to that...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:08 am 
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Dennis Dodd article discussing reported AAC interest in possibly adding WSU at http://www.cbssports.com/college-basket ... conference


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