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(04-22-2014 12:28 PM)ASUMountaineer Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 11:45 AM)boroeagle2 Wrote:  Sounds intriguing.

"Craig Turner, chair of the board, said the university must have an answer ready should a conference invite Eastern. He said the move is an opportunity for the university to raise its profile."

The plot thickens.

It seems as if EKU would forego a "study" to determine if a move to FBS is in its best interest. In fact, it seems EKU's leadership has made that determination. Perhaps EKU has a better chance than I originally thought...

Yes, EKU pretty much did forego the study and just decided it would be better to move up and forward.
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Have to read those EKU stories carefully. The EKU president and the SBC Commish have the same last name.
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I can't speak for anyone else, but I agree that staying with 11 is fine for now and probably the best option. But my only love for EKU is over Liberty, and only if the conference PTB are hell-bent on going to 12 now.
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EKU making the right moves
If offered an invite, ready or not, I think EKU accepts for 2015. I don't know if they will get the invite but the vibe I got from that is they would accept regardless.


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(04-22-2014 01:36 PM)Eagleditka Wrote:  If offered an invite, ready or not, I think EKU accepts for 2015. I don't know if they will get the invite but the vibe I got from that is they would accept regardless.


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Agree. We would use 2015 to transition and improve facilities for the start of the 2016 season.
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I'd be happy at 9 or 10 football members but no one has called me for a consultation.

Supposedly the membership has voted to go to 12 ASAP so pick someone decent and get this behind us.
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"Now if the CCG Proposal is passed I'd be all for dropping Idaho and NMSU to stay at 10."

Idaho and NMSU were instrumental in getting football to the Sun Belt.

We all know it is a matter of time before Idaho has to do their best to get into the MWC or drop down to FCS and be fully in the Big Sky.

NMSU is in a different situation is that they are in the WAC which is not where they need to be. They can help some of our other sports and they have been competitive in football when they were in the belt before.

I hope they come on as a full member.

As for James Madison...your ship has sailed...two snubs is one too many.

Missouri State may at some point be ready...but that is something that they need to continue to work toward.


(04-22-2014 02:52 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  I'd be happy at 9 or 10 football members but no one has called me for a consultation.

Supposedly the membership has voted to go to 12 ASAP so pick someone decent and get this behind us.

There seems to be too many concerns about Liberty joining the belt.

At this point...EKU looks to be the best option.
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(04-22-2014 01:43 PM)EKUSteve Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 01:36 PM)Eagleditka Wrote:  If offered an invite, ready or not, I think EKU accepts for 2015. I don't know if they will get the invite but the vibe I got from that is they would accept regardless.


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Agree. We would use 2015 to transition and improve facilities for the start of the 2016 season.

If that's the case I think Karl Benson throws an invite your way, if EKU gets the votes, to save face after JMU and MSU turned him down. EKU doesn't strike me as particularly controversial, so I can't imagine why it wouldn't. There might be some questions about readyness, but what program is 100% ready to make the leap to FBS?
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RE: EKU making the right moves
SB AD's in San Diego. Meeting tomorrow on expansion. Unless something remarkable happens no EKU. UMass football only, MNSU all sports.
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Why are the Sun Belt ADs meeting in San Diego?
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Hmmmmm....maybe they don't want to be in any Sun Belt members area when they decide something.....04-jawdrop
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(04-22-2014 09:30 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  SB AD's in San Diego. Meeting tomorrow on expansion. Unless something remarkable happens no EKU. UMass football only, MNSU all sports.

Do you have any articles proving this or did you hear it somewhere?
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Here is why I would doubt they go the UMass/all sport NMSU route:
1. UMass is hardly a travel partner for App. The commish has repeatedly said the 12th FB playing member needs to be a travel partner for App.
2. Last year the vote on whether to bring in NMSU in all sports was turned down. I know WKU is leaving but it is hard to believe 1 vote may make the difference in now wanting to bring them in.
3. The commish has repeatedly talked of a tighter footprint. UMass/NMSU doesn't really do that.
4. It appears conferences will probably by next year (2015) be able to conduct fb championship games with less than 12 teams, so it removes the urgent need to add a 12th fb playing team.

It seems to me the conference would just sit still at 11 rather than go the UMass/NMSU route. I still believe adding Liberty or possibly even EKU this year is more likely than UMass/NMSU.

I guess we will know within the next month.
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(04-22-2014 09:46 PM)Liberty22 Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 09:30 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  SB AD's in San Diego. Meeting tomorrow on expansion. Unless something remarkable happens no EKU. UMass football only, NMSU all sports.

Do you have any articles proving this or did you hear it somewhere?

Somehow I don't believe that.
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If I were predicting right now I would rate the following in order of likelihood this year:

1. Invite no one -- stay at 11.
2. Invite Liberty or possibly Eastern Kentucky
3. Invite UMass for FB and NMSU for all sports.
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(04-22-2014 09:49 PM)Eagleditka Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 09:46 PM)Liberty22 Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 09:30 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  SB AD's in San Diego. Meeting tomorrow on expansion. Unless something remarkable happens no EKU. UMass football only, NMSU all sports.

Do you have any articles proving this or did you hear it somewhere?

Somehow I don't believe that.

Me either.
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RE: EKU making the right moves
(04-22-2014 09:46 PM)Liberty22 Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 09:30 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  SB AD's in San Diego. Meeting tomorrow on expansion. Unless something remarkable happens no EKU. UMass football only, MNSU all sports.

Do you have any articles proving this or did you hear it somewhere?

I have no idea if the so called meeting is accurate, but our Athletic Director's last tweet was from Santa Monica, CA.

Though its worth nothing that the presidents make the decisions on realignment...not the AD's. Though the AD's certainly have a say.
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(04-22-2014 10:09 PM)chiefsfan Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 09:46 PM)Liberty22 Wrote:  
(04-22-2014 09:30 PM)AppManDG Wrote:  SB AD's in San Diego. Meeting tomorrow on expansion. Unless something remarkable happens no EKU. UMass football only, MNSU all sports.

Do you have any articles proving this or did you hear it somewhere?

I have no idea if the so called meeting is accurate, but our Athletic Director's last tweet was from Santa Monica, CA.

Interesting... you are correct.
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Don't the AD's basically do the bidding of the Presidents?
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(04-22-2014 10:15 PM)Libertygrad01 Wrote:  Don't the AD's basically do the bidding of the Presidents?

Yes, the AD's are generally the evil minions in this deal.
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