Fresno St. Alum wrote:
I don't think the big south will expand at this time outside of adding football affiliates to those willing and able
They took Longwood when they didn't have to I don't think we should count out USCU or KSU for all sports. Atlanta market, does that matter to a smaller conf like the Big South? If it does then I think they'll add KSU for everything if no I still think they go to 12 w/ USCU
we will see.
IMO they took Longwood so they could get the divisions they wanted. 4 Va + 2 NC / 4 SC + 2 NC.
There is no good option right now to regain that balance because if you add a southern school Campbell become the only NC school in a SC or SC/GA division. They just got away with that from the ASun and they likely don't want to go back.
Big South is a poor conference so I think they are more focused on being super travel friendly. They also want to add football schools. So not killing the ASun off allows for both of those things to come to pass. They can add ASun football schools for football only while keeping their footprint tiny for non revenue sports. Its not so much the Big South cares about the Asun, its just in their benefit to keep them around. Taking USC Upstate or K state upsets that apple cart along with isolating Campell. No point in doing so when you are at a healthy 11 with only 2 real potential defectors (who both have proven unable to defect)