Fresno St. Alum wrote:
It would take a long term commitment from Army & Navy to stay in the AAC and significantly more money than the MWC. They already have a lot of distant travel w/ Lax having to play anyone not named Denver.
This would be the core of the issue. Army, Navy, and the AFA are going to play each other regularly in fb and some other sports regardless. They do this OOC or with being independent. With the AFA being much removed from the eastern SAs', all three being in the same conference would pose challenges and major change.
AFA has that "all-sports" conference affiliation. They are fortunate to have the MWC that can offer that which generally suits their level of competitiveness. Navy and Army have the Patriot league for bb and such.
If Army, Navy, and the AFA were in the same league, fb or all-sports, even a modestly revised AAC may not fit the purpose particularly well. Maybe if the 3 SAs' were in a league with selected members such as Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, SMU, Miami-OH, Ohio U., UMass, SUNY-Buffalo, etc., overall compatibility could develop to be more balanced. Still, it reaches over huge geography with many of the schools not particularly good "draws" anyway. Going 900 miles to play before a 16,000 crowd is not going to pony up dandy revenue.
As it is, the SAs' due to recruiting factors, tend to run the option offense. If done having the right kind of players, it is somewhat of an equalizer against teams with greater speed and size. There has to be significant ball control against teams with strong and quick defenses, and your own offensive receivers lack in quickness, protection, and depth.
The SAs' need to have the flexibility to play each other, but also the flexibility to schedule games that further meet the needs of each. Navy going into the AAC will have less flexibility than the AFA in the MWC. Navy is going to play an AAC conference schedule, play the AFA sometime during the season, have Notre Dame scheduled, and end the regular season with the Army game. Navy may be lucky to just have one game to schedule that is not pre-determined or obligated.