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Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
I can understand the animosity of WKU folks who are opposed to EKU, probably feel threatened.
I recall visiting the WKU campus back in 1995 while I was stationed at Ft. Campbell Ky
I remember how their stadium looked then, and it wasn't an architectural marvel either. I hope the Colonels do get an invite, better EKU than Liberty or UMass.
I'd rather have EKU, ugly stadium and all than a pristine LU.


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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
I have thought that EKU was ultimately the answer for the SBC eastern add for some time.
-It has the size and almost perfect geographic location for the SBC (and App State).
-It has good FCS playoff caliber football and has shown an ability to fill it's stadium (24,000 WKY 2004) when the competition was exciting, which should be the case most of the time in FBS.
-It has a perennial top 100 RPI men's basketball program. That has to be huge.
-It is in a very good television market (63).

Some negatives have been posted.
The football stadium may not be the best, but it DOES meet FBS capacity requirements right now.
The EKU athletic budget, while small is still a bit larger than that of GaSo, and Southern has done just fine.

IMO, the SBC should add UMass in the short term for football only; for the instant ccg, and then add EKU for the eastern long term program.
With it's continued success in mbb; UConn's longevity in the AAC is very suspect, and likely UMass replaces them in a few years.
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
Yeah, was thinking UConn's basketball success may very well aid UMass.
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
(04-06-2014 10:04 AM)ODUalum78 Wrote:  I have thought that EKU was ultimately the answer for the SBC eastern add for some time.
-It has the size and almost perfect geographic location for the SBC (and App State).
-It has good FCS playoff caliber football and has shown an ability to fill it's stadium (24,000 WKY 2004) when the competition was exciting, which should be the case most of the time in FBS.
-It has a perennial top 100 RPI men's basketball program. That has to be huge.
-It is in a very good television market (63).

Some negatives have been posted.
The football stadium may not be the best, but it DOES meet FBS capacity requirements right now.
The EKU athletic budget, while small is still a bit larger than that of GaSo, and Southern has done just fine.

IMO, the SBC should add UMass in the short term for football only; for the instant ccg, and then add EKU for the eastern long term program.
With it's continued success in mbb; UConn's longevity in the AAC is very suspect, and likely UMass replaces them in a few years.

Without UConn in the AAC, there's no reason to stay in New England. I think Marshall might be more of a candidate to provide Temple/Navy/Cincy with a rival.
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
(04-06-2014 01:00 PM)Tom in Lazybrook Wrote:  
(04-06-2014 10:04 AM)ODUalum78 Wrote:  I have thought that EKU was ultimately the answer for the SBC eastern add for some time.
-It has the size and almost perfect geographic location for the SBC (and App State).
-It has good FCS playoff caliber football and has shown an ability to fill it's stadium (24,000 WKY 2004) when the competition was exciting, which should be the case most of the time in FBS.
-It has a perennial top 100 RPI men's basketball program. That has to be huge.
-It is in a very good television market (63).

Some negatives have been posted.
The football stadium may not be the best, but it DOES meet FBS capacity requirements right now.
The EKU athletic budget, while small is still a bit larger than that of GaSo, and Southern has done just fine.

IMO, the SBC should add UMass in the short term for football only; for the instant ccg, and then add EKU for the eastern long term program.
With it's continued success in mbb; UConn's longevity in the AAC is very suspect, and likely UMass replaces them in a few years.

Without UConn in the AAC, there's no reason to stay in New England. I think Marshall might be more of a candidate to provide Temple/Navy/Cincy with a rival.

Marshall fans claim adamantly that they will never move to the AAC.
The AAC rules would not allow them their special program that enrolls certain special needs athletes and of bringing in certain football, basketball and others that do not meet the AAC requirements. They claim it would devastate their athletic programs.
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
(04-06-2014 09:55 AM)DawggoneEagle Wrote:  I can understand the animosity of WKU folks who are opposed to EKU, probably feel threatened.
I recall visiting the WKU campus back in 1995 while I was stationed at Ft. Campbell Ky
I remember how their stadium looked then, and it wasn't an architectural marvel either. I hope the Colonels do get an invite, better EKU than Liberty or UMass.
I'd rather have EKU, ugly stadium and all than a pristine LU.


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There is no rivalry between the two schools. I think they would be a fine addition to the SBC. You should grab them. They would present you with no problems.
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
(04-06-2014 10:04 AM)ODUalum78 Wrote:  I have thought that EKU was ultimately the answer for the SBC eastern add for some time.
-It has the size and almost perfect geographic location for the SBC (and App State).
-It has good FCS playoff caliber football and has shown an ability to fill it's stadium (24,000 WKY 2004) when the competition was exciting, which should be the case most of the time in FBS.
-It has a perennial top 100 RPI men's basketball program. That has to be huge.
-It is in a very good television market (63).

Some negatives have been posted.
The football stadium may not be the best, but it DOES meet FBS capacity requirements right now.
The EKU athletic budget, while small is still a bit larger than that of GaSo, and Southern has done just fine.

IMO, the SBC should add UMass in the short term for football only; for the instant ccg, and then add EKU for the eastern long term program.
With it's continued success in mbb; UConn's longevity in the AAC is very suspect, and likely UMass replaces them in a few years.

I agree the Massachusetts would be for the short term, because the Big 12 will at some point take Cincinnati and perhaps UCONN or Memphis and UMASS will get the call up. EKU is a better option than JMU in case there is still not enough votes for a Liberty invite. There'd be less opposition to EKU.
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
(04-06-2014 10:04 AM)ODUalum78 Wrote:  I have thought that EKU was ultimately the answer for the SBC eastern add for some time.
-It has the size and almost perfect geographic location for the SBC (and App State).
-It has good FCS playoff caliber football and has shown an ability to fill it's stadium (24,000 WKY 2004) when the competition was exciting, which should be the case most of the time in FBS.
-It has a perennial top 100 RPI men's basketball program. That has to be huge.
-It is in a very good television market (63).

Some negatives have been posted.
The football stadium may not be the best, but it DOES meet FBS capacity requirements right now.
The EKU athletic budget, while small is still a bit larger than that of GaSo, and Southern has done just fine.

IMO, the SBC should add UMass in the short term for football only; for the instant ccg, and then add EKU for the eastern long term program.
With it's continued success in mbb; UConn's longevity in the AAC is very suspect, and likely UMass replaces them in a few years.

Would EKU take an Olympic sports membership with a football inclusion promised. The next football spot being theirs pairing them with UMASS.
04-06-2014 06:19 PM
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RE: Meanwhile EKU continues with what they need to do
(04-06-2014 06:19 PM)MJG Wrote:  
(04-06-2014 10:04 AM)ODUalum78 Wrote:  I have thought that EKU was ultimately the answer for the SBC eastern add for some time.
-It has the size and almost perfect geographic location for the SBC (and App State).
-It has good FCS playoff caliber football and has shown an ability to fill it's stadium (24,000 WKY 2004) when the competition was exciting, which should be the case most of the time in FBS.
-It has a perennial top 100 RPI men's basketball program. That has to be huge.
-It is in a very good television market (63).

Some negatives have been posted.
The football stadium may not be the best, but it DOES meet FBS capacity requirements right now.
The EKU athletic budget, while small is still a bit larger than that of GaSo, and Southern has done just fine.

IMO, the SBC should add UMass in the short term for football only; for the instant ccg, and then add EKU for the eastern long term program.
With it's continued success in mbb; UConn's longevity in the AAC is very suspect, and likely UMass replaces them in a few years.

Would EKU take an Olympic sports membership with a football inclusion promised. The next football spot being theirs pairing them with UMASS.

UMASS...like Idaho don't need to be paired with anyone since they would be football only members. EKU would be paired with Appalachian State.
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I see NMSU moving to SBC as full member, Massachusetts as football only, Missouri State as full member and either Liberty or EKU as a travel partner to Appalachian State. JMU will wait for a MAC invite.
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