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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:25 pm 
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tkalmus wrote:
So if Liberty leaves for the CAA or SBC and SoCon starts to backfill after losing App St and GA So to the SBC what is the likelyhood that the SoCon simply annexs all of the Big South's fb schools?

Samford
Chattanogga
Western Carolina
Gardner-Webb
Elon
VMI

Furman
Wofford
Presbyterian
Coastal Carolina
Charelston South
The Citadel

I know that Davidson and UN-Greensboro don't fit into the SC/nonSC divisions but its doable and it would pretty much make them the only fb power in the Carolinas area (outside of the HBUCs).

SWAC = HBUC Gulf
MEAC = HBUC Atlantic
Southland = Texas/Louisana
SoCon/Big South = Carolinas (could dominate the market)
MVFC = Great Lakes/Rust Belt/North
OVC = Tenn/Kentucky
Big Sky = West/Moutain/Pacific
Patriot = Non-Scholarship
CAA/Patriot/NEC/Ivy = all mixed no true ownership of footprint


Logical, simple, and clean. So no chance at all.

There is still so much that will need to shake out. Smart of the SoCon to try to move now as FCS could be in for a big shake up. There were rumors awhile back that the AEast was going to expand and it seemed to suggest that they may be thinking of sponsoring football. I've been wondering if the NEC leftovers from that and the Big South leftovers from SoCon expansion would be able to form a football only FCS conference. Maybe with fewer scholarships to entice some of the non scholarship schools to move up?

But now the SoCon is talking with the non scholarship schools and a potential ETSU school? I would have thought it would be the Big South doing that.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:25 am 
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SJSU -

Please note that Patriot has moved to standard scholarship status.

The Non-scholarship league is the Pioneer (which is run out of the MVC Office, along with the MVFC).


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:43 am 
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Please note that Patriot has moved to standard scholarship status.

The Non-scholarship league is the Pioneer (which is run out of the MVC Office, along with the MVFC).


Thanks? I'm not sure what you're getting at. Mercer was mentioned in the article which is a non scholarship school as I mentioned and will be joining the Pioneer League which is a non scholarship conference. So...?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:21 am 
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Oh, sorry !
I was looking at your post above, but was responding to what was embedded inside from tkalmus about the various FCS conferences....


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Monmouth to big south for football
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/02/1 ... -football/


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:05 pm 
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accseahawk wrote:

Nice find, accseahawk. Thanks.


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Article out of Myrtle Beach with comments from Big South Commish regarding conference realignment and the addition of Monmouth for FB only at http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2013/0 ... rence.html


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Typical northeastern snobbery...NEC's loss is the Big South's gain. Good acquisition for them, really.


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Article out of Black Mountain discussing "unconfirmed report"that UNC-Asheville "may" be interested in leaving the Big South to join a conference "like" the SOCON at http://www.blackmountainnews.com/articl ... CFRONTPAGE


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:11 pm 
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Who would UNCA jump on this list? Kennesaw St., ETSU, VMI (all have fb) Mercer (non scholly fb). Unless the SoCon plans on losing more than 4. CAA gonna take more from the SoCon?

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Fresno St. Alum wrote:
Who would UNCA jump on this list? Kennesaw St., ETSU, VMI (all have fb) Mercer (non scholly fb). Unless the SoCon plans on losing more than 4. CAA gonna take more from the SoCon?

Just a non-fb replacement to keep UNCG happy. I don't think they jump anyone they just slide in...

Elon is likely going to jump ship too IMO.

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tkalmus wrote:
Fresno St. Alum wrote:
Who would UNCA jump on this list? Kennesaw St., ETSU, VMI (all have fb) Mercer (non scholly fb). Unless the SoCon plans on losing more than 4. CAA gonna take more from the SoCon?

Just a non-fb replacement to keep UNCG happy. I don't think they jump anyone they just slide in...

Elon is likely going to jump ship too IMO.

I was thinking UNCG to the CAA

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Article out of Chattanooga (previously posted in another thread)reporting that Big South member VMI is a potential SoCon expansion target and will be receiving a campus visit from that League by the end of this month.Link at http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013 ... tsu-mercer


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VMI one step closer to being officially a SoCon member:

http://collegesportsinfo.com/2013/05/22 ... onference/

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 10:14 am 
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There aren't a whole lot of obvious replacements for VMI if you are the Big South. You really need to find a football playing school which rules out most of the Atlantic Sun. The best option seems to be to try to get one of the Gulf South schools that would like to move up like North Alabama, West Georgia, or even, if the Big South could be so lucky, Valdosta State.


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