Fresno St. Alum wrote:
What is the benefit of moving from NEC to MAAC for a school like Monmouth, Robert Morris or Bryant? All three have football. MAAC does not like it's schools to have football.
Prestige for one. The MAAC might not be a huge step up from the NEC, but it's still a way to climb. You won't see many NEC schools move to the Patriot or CAA, but you will see MAAC schools make that jump...maybe even direct MAAC to A10 depending on the circumstances (Siena was a strong A10 candiate in years past). Also, so if a school moves to the MAAC, does that mean they wouldn't be able to remain as a football-only NEC member?
Why would the NEC toss the one trump card it has, football? I read somewhere where they won't let NEC full members leave and still have fb. I don't know if it's a fact but it makes a lot of sense.
Is it worth it for Robert Morris, Bryant, or Monmouth to go Indy and eventually drop fb like all the other MAAC schools did, for the "prestige" of the MAAC and its 1 bid play-in game having leave that the NEC also is.
I know the MAAC schools names are a little more recognizable but is it worth dumping fb? No
Of course, the Patriot might be a football only option for a school that moves. I don't know what the scholarship situation with these two conferences is but it could be an option.
"Starting with the 2013 academic year, each school will be allowed no more than the equivalent of 15 scholarships to incoming football players, according to the release. The total number of scholarships can’t exceed 60 in any season. "
Not sure I understand what that means. Are they allowed 15 per year and then after four years they can never exceed 60? Or are they allowed to give 60 quarter scholarships?