Youre right, thanks for bringing us back to reality! Back to the topic of Massachusetts to the AAC...I dont see it happening anytime soon. A valid point brought up is their lack of a stadium. Thats pretty major. Also, having a recently upgraded football team to FBS makes it difficult to compete with the likes of Cincinnati, South Florida, Houston, etc. in the AAC. They were better off in the MAC (still weren't a title threat.) If the MAC was too much travelling, then CUSA would be out of the question. Sun Belt is fairly distant too with lesser quality.
From Boston to Houston or DFW or Tulsa it's about 3-3.5 hrs.
From Boston to Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Indianapolis it's about 2-2.5 hrs.
So yes when you think about it quickly the travel issue doesn't make much sense, however when you consider that the MAC only has 1 true metro school (w/i an hour of a major airport) in Buffalo, and the AAC only has 1 non metro school in ECU, you basically make it a wash when you add a hour to every MAC trip for busing.
Add in the availability of flights to and from these smaller cities and cost/availability of hotel rooms in small Ohio/Michigan towns versus major metros areas and you can see how it's easier on school officials to schedule trip to SMU/Houston over Ohio/Western Michigan(both about 2 hrs away from a major airport).
Multiply that cost/headache for all sports and you can see why the AAC would be preferable to the MAC before you even consider the weaker MAC fb, bb, tv$ and their rivalry with Temple/UConn.
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