fighting muskie wrote:
Where in FBS are you predicting that Stony Brook will go? The MAC as a full member? It's too bad a group of Northeastern schools couldn't all come up to FBS together. JMU, Liberty, and Delaware could all be a part of that.
It's too bad that the schools who are blocking America East football couldn't just be traded to non-football leagues so that football sponsorship could get underway. Hartford to the MAAC for Monmouth seems like a fair trade. Vermont could be kept due to their historic rivalries with the rest of the New England schools but Binghampton, UMass-Lowell, and UMBC belong in the NEC
When news of Stony's new fundraising campaign broke, the chatter went to the MAC. No idea about the timeline to push for FBS. SBU's own campaign (Seawolves United) is kind of like a sports version of Buffalo's UB2020 campaign, including the 2020 target date for its funding mark. I don't know how that's structured: first monies go to venue readiness, later monies toward funding infrastructure (scholarships, training facilities, salaries, CoA, etc.)?
As for a conference move-up, I don't see it happening. Not just finding the right numbers, but finding the right institutional types who want to move together. You mention Liberty, and, just like those in SoCon, and SBC, you have a bunch, maybe all, in CAA/F who don't want to work with them, even if for a common goal.
As for AE football, I don't see Binghamton "pissing off" Albany and Stony to block football if it ever came to it. Those guys kind of remind me of the public Virginia schools...they like working together, look out for one another, and know that one in one place and one in another doesn't bode well for enrollment and other political issues. Personally, if the door opens for Stony Brook to enter into FBS, don't be surprised if Albany tries to punch through for it down the line, too. SUNY doesn't have one designated flagship, but the cluster of Buffalo, Albany, Stony Brook, and Binghamton are seen as the unofficial ones. America East isn't a lot unlike MAC, spare for Hartford. Some flagships and state system schools with varying degrees of academic prestige...I tend to think that even Vermont could be talked off the football blocking ledge, choosing to support its peer public school members with the sport. Then again, I've kind of thought Vermont was a flight risk for other conferences...until this Albany and Stony Brook stuff. For AE, those are two you don't want to see leave.