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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:47 am 
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USAToday with AP reprinted article with comments from AAC Commish regarding potential problems with "flying dominos" at http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nc ... s/83893226


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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:51 am 
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Tulsa World article also discussing potential fallout to AAC from "possible" Big 12 raiding at http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/t ... ba7ce.html


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Article out of Biloxi discussing possible "dominos" if Big 12 raids the AAC at http://www.sunherald.com/latest-news/ar ... 74172.html


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 3:47 pm 
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I can't help but thinking it would have been awesome, back in the days where the American was still the Big East and trying to replace all the schools who were defecting, if the football schools who became the American could have worked out a plan that would have incorporated the best non-Power 5 schools west of the Mississippi. I know they tried and it all fell apart but what if they had a set up where both the east and west had some non-football members and functioned as their own independent leagues for everything but football:

East: UConn, Temple, Cincy, Memphis, UCF, USF
Navy (FB only) & either the Catholic 7 or invite A-10 schools to round things out--VCU, Richmond, Dayton, & St Louis

West: Houston, SMU, Colorado St, Air Force, BYU, Boise St, San Diego St
Gonzaga, St Mary's, & Wichita St (non-FB)

I think where things failed was trying to put SMU and Houston in with the old Big East when for a national plan to work they really needed to be in the West to help anchor that league and give it enough members to be an all-sports venture. In the Big East/American's original plan the schools they wanted to recruit--Boise, San Diego St, Air Force, and BYU were all going to need to find their own Olympic sports homes.


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 11:22 am 
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Article out of Norfolk(previously posted in another thread)discussing possibility of ODU or other C-USA schools being invited to the AAC, if that league is raided by the Big 12.Link at http://pilotonline.com/sports/college/o ... 9b774.html


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 8:50 pm 
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Article out of Norfolk(previously posted in another thread)discussing possibility of ODU or other C-USA schools being invited to the AAC, if that league is raided by the Big 12.Link at http://pilotonline.com/sports/college/o ... 9b774.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


I think ODU is mlldly delusional if they think they are at the front of the line for American membership. They bring a small market and an decrepit old stadium.


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 10:02 pm 
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Navy wants a game in Texas each year, so if Houston leaves, the Cougars will be replaced by Rice or UTSA - Rice will have more appeal to SMU, Tulane, and Tulsa than UTSA.

If the U_F schools go to the Big 12, the American will call up the F_U schools. Cincinnati, if they're still around, among others, will demand a presence in Florida.

UConn is perhaps the trickiest one to replace - does the American exit New England entirely, or does it add UMass? A large part of it may come down to how teams in an 11-team conference travel to Temple. UMass may want to see if New Mexico State can assume the bulk of its 2018 schedule if it does get an invitation.

In the unlikely event both UConn and Temple leave, UMass is out of luck. That would probably happen in conjunction with Cincinnati and one other school leaving, so it could open the doors for Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee - who could both be in the East with UConn, Temple, and Cincinnati gone.

Another particular logjam may be if only Cincinnati and Memphis get invitations - leaving one hole each in the East and West divisions - if no MAC schools jump, the American may have to add Marshall, Old Dominion, or UMass to the East, and then UAB, Southern Miss, Rice, UTEP, or UTSA to the West. UTEP may be geographically challenging, but the West Division would basically be a repeat of C-USA West from 2005-2013 with Navy taking the place of Rice.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 6:33 pm 
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Navy is an affiliate member so their needs and wants are secondary to those of the full members and I doubt they even get to vote on membership issues.

If Cincinnati, and just Cincinnati leaves you can literally add a member anywhere in the footprint and still be ok. Adding an eastern school means the newcomer just assumes the Bearcats' place in the East. If the most attractive candidate is in the West then Navy slides East which makes much more geographic sense.

If Cincinnati and an eastern school like UCF or UConn depart you can either replace them with two eastern schools or an east and a west and slide Navy to the East.

If Cincinnati and a western school like Memphis or Houston leave you can either do an eastern and a western replacement or replace with two in the west and move Navy to the vacancy Cincy left in the East.

The ability to move Navy wherever they need them gives the American a lot of flexibility no matter what happens.

I don't see the American losing more than two schools as a result of a Big 12 expansion because I think adding 4 former Group of 5 schools is just too dramatic for the Big 12. Now if expansion results in an anti-expansion school like Texas to dart, setting off dominoes in conferences across the country then all bets are off. We can count on Tulsa, SMU, Tulane, ECU, and Temple all being left in the American but outside of that who knows.


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Article out of Orlando discussing this week's AAC spring meetings at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/u ... story.html


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Little Mike must be ecstatic about the Big 12 decision (likely) not to expand. He gets to keep his upper mid major group of schools into the TV negotiation period. It sure would be funny id Boise St, Marshall or some other non-AAC school grabbed the last New year's 6 spot.


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For those that may remember his posts on this board prior to 2006 when the "guest posting model" was in place,Memphis poster,"The Gray Avenger" has passed away.RIP Link to thread on Memphis board at http://www.csnbbs.com/thread-782785.html


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