Fresno St. Alum wrote:
Fresno St. Alum wrote:
So is Boise State going to have to make a decision by THIS SATURDAY June 30th ?
And if they are pulling out of the BE, and returning to (actually not leaving) MWC, will they give SDSU a "heads up" in time to follow suit ?
This could be getting dicey....
If they both stay MWC, it leaves BE (in 2013) at:
10 (all sports)
8 (non-BE FB = 7 + Notre Dame)
+ Navy coming aboard for FB only in 2015.
Marinatto gone, perhaps if the new guy exhibits some sanity, they could sit tight and work on Army for FB only in 2015.
Alternative could be UMass for FB only in 2015.
What a huge break that would be for UMass. Them and Army are the only other schools besides Navy and BYU that don't have to find an other sports home if the BE took them. I'm sure the BE would prefer a fb only over having 19 full members.
As nice as that would be for UMass, I'm sure ECU would get the 1st call, with the CAA or SoCon gladly offering them a home for other sports.
Don't you have a whole thread dedicated to ECU not ever getting invited to the BE? I do think if you're going on quality of fb, BYU, S.Miss, ECU are the top options.
BYU is not interested as they were already contacted. Could that change, sure, but for sake of discussion, no meant no.
USM offers nothing, even less than ECU. Would they NEVER make the list, no. But there are ample schools higher then them since other schools actually offer the things the Big East is looking for. Would USM join the Southland? Atlantic Sun? Not so sure they'd do that knowing the Big East as a BCS conference is over, as is the BCS as we know it.
So for USM, yes, I would see UMass VERY high above them, simply for the region they are in located in and market access into Boston, where UMass plays it's games and where some over 80% of the alumni live.
But I'd still see ECU much HIGHER than UMass since ECU is a more proven product on the field and in the stands.
ECU was left out of the last round, and rightly so, since Memphis, Houston, UCF and SMU bring a lot more to the table. But if we're talking FB only, and we're talking about the western schools OUT (Boise St. and SDSU), AND we're talking about the Big East looking at ONLY a FB ONLY school, or course ECU is back on the list...since we're talking about ECU joining for only ONE sport, football.
More importantly, the SoCon will take ECU today as a member, and be excited about it.
The CAA would likely do the same once their football membership numbers are taken care of. If the CAA is waiting until Xmas to decide on their future, it's not like they'd be "full" and have no room for ECU. Of course, the CAA might be full by then, or not interested due to fears ECU will leave again for Big East full-time, which is why it comes back to the SoCon always being an option.
Just important to remember that it's not just about the QUALITY of the football on-the-field product, it's the quality of the football program. And ECU sells a lot of tickets, little travel overhead to get to ECU for the Big East members. Is the overhead a problem for an all-sports invite, sure. Arte their other sports not BE worthy? Sure, that argument is there. But it's hard to exclude ECU when we're talking about a conference in desperation mode (if they lose Boise St. and SDSU) and only have options like ECU, UMass, USM, Tulsa, Tulane, Buffalo, App St., Marshall, etc.