Fresno St. Alum wrote:
keep making stuff up about how they'll bring down the RPI
12 Memphis 19-0 30-4 0.6283 73 0.5477
102 UCF 9-7 18-11 0.5379 122 0.5230
104 East Carolina 9-8 22-12 0.5368 92 0.5376
128 Tulsa 9-9 16-15 0.5209 123 0.5222
178 Tulane 7-11 18-14 0.4948 202 0.4803
197 Houston 8-10 18-12 0.4804 302 0.4457
219 South. Methodist 5-12 14-17 0.4660 235 0.4708
So let's just add more sub 100 RPIs? ECU's nonfb sports are sub par, so saying the rest of the league is worse doesn't help the arguement. They have markets while ECU doesn't. I agree with him ECU's full invite doesn't make sense from a business stand point. Talking about good will and hurt feelings is best left to Oprah.
Still saying their RPI is bad w/o looking it up is a rookie move.
Once again, elevating ECU to full membership was a bad decision for this conference.
It's a question of totality, building rivalries in multiple sports within the conference. This conference's roots were set in hybrid designs--in for this sport, out for that one. It didn't work for the long term, being an ongoing source for conflict and divided interests.
Including ECU as only a fb stepchild is neither healthy for the conference in the long-run, and certainly negative and disjointed for ECU. If the reconfigured conference is to be truly (or near) all-sports, building needs to be inclusive, and all these schools have certain sports with not so flattering records.
Navy is understandable with their Patriot League affiliation and their agreement with the fb/nBE, if they keep it, as their preferable structure.
Just because it happened doesn't make it the smartest move. A lot can be said for playing round robin in all non-fb sports and building rivalries with teams like UConn, Cincy, USF, and Temple which some of the new CUSA additions don't know as well. Adding ECU as an 11th makes that hard to do.
If Navy wasn't in the conference and they had 11 full members them obviously I'd be on board with adding ECU. But Navy is here (we think) so what's the harm in leaving them as fb only members. If they want to go back to CUSA then fine add UMass as a fb only.
In all honesty, I wonder if ECU actually ran the numbers on keep the fb only invite and parking their sports in the SoCon which can basically be a bus league for them.
Big payday in fb with lots of exposure...check
More competitive in nonfb sports with less travel cost and higher post season chances...check
Feel like less of a man...apparently
The only thing hurt here would be ECU's pride, and yeah that means something but as a business decision I think it was poor.
But none of this really matters anymore, its done, let's just move on.
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