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(01-13-2020 10:12 AM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 09:21 AM)AntiG Wrote:  if anything the MAC should add more Northeastern teams like bringing back UMass and getting Delaware and Stony Brook to move up.

File this under "league suicide"

not necessarily, adding those three would get the MAC some more eyes in the region which never hurts... you'd have some exposure in NY Upstate (Buffalo), NY Downstate / NYC (Stony Brook), Delaware, and Massachusetts in the top state institutions in each of those respective highly concentrated states. However, I do see the huge drawback about expanding the territory so far where the costs to travel go up bigtime and you lose the cultural cohesion.
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RE: Why doesn't Marshall return to the MAC & reduce travel & more than double their tv $?
This may sound harsh toward the MAC but this has to be a factor for Marshall staying in C-USA.

If a league is not P5, it needs as many of the following elements to be in place for as many of its members as possible:

* nationally relevant football programs (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant men's basketball programs (or at least some with history)

* elite academic institutions

* locations in big cities or cool college towns

To a lesser extent:

* nationally relevant programs in baseball (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant programs in women's hoops (or at least some with history)

C-USA has some of the elements. Rice is elite academically and has great baseball. UAB, UTEP, Charlotte and Western Kentucky have had strong runs in men's hoops. LaTech has been a women's hoops power. The two Florida schools are emerging as academic players. USM has strong baseball. Marshall has enjoyed some great runs in football. Norfolk, Charlotte, Miami, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and Birmingham are, collectively, well known U.S. cities.

Now compare this to the MAC. Buffalo is strong academically and in decent sized city. Toledo has enjoyed some strong football. Maybe there is a baseball power or another strong academic school. But I'm not sure the MAC offers what C-USA does overally. Now what the MAC DOES offer is history/tradition, stability and a relatively tight geographic footprint. Much to be said for all that.

Still, it simply seems to me (admittedly, I'm biased as an MTSU grad) that C-USA brings so much more to the table than the MAC. As such, Marshall will stay put.
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To me without checking numbers or anything I think Marshall is better in C-USA. Sure travel might be better in the MAC. I would think the money is similar to each other. It's basically down to who each person thinks the 3-5 G5 conferences are. I honestly think C-USA and the Sun Belt are in the better position then the MAC.
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(01-13-2020 06:00 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  This may sound harsh toward the MAC but this has to be a factor for Marshall staying in C-USA.

If a league is not P5, it needs as many of the following elements to be in place for as many of its members as possible:

* nationally relevant football programs (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant men's basketball programs (or at least some with history)

* elite academic institutions

* locations in big cities or cool college towns

To a lesser extent:

* nationally relevant programs in baseball (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant programs in women's hoops (or at least some with history)

C-USA has some of the elements. Rice is elite academically and has great baseball. UAB, UTEP, Charlotte and Western Kentucky have had strong runs in men's hoops. LaTech has been a women's hoops power. The two Florida schools are emerging as academic players. USM has strong baseball. Marshall has enjoyed some great runs in football. Norfolk, Charlotte, Miami, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and Birmingham are, collectively, well known U.S. cities.

Now compare this to the MAC. Buffalo is strong academically and in decent sized city. Toledo has enjoyed some strong football. Maybe there is a baseball power or another strong academic school. But I'm not sure the MAC offers what C-USA does overally. Now what the MAC DOES offer is history/tradition, stability and a relatively tight geographic footprint. Much to be said for all that.

Still, it simply seems to me (admittedly, I'm biased as an MTSU grad) that C-USA brings so much more to the table than the MAC. As such, Marshall will stay put.

Yes. You're biased.

Miami is one of the original "public ivies." Its arguably a better undergraduate institution than Ohio St. Ohio and Miami were both founded in the early 1800s and are among the 10 oldest public universities in the country. In business programs, NIU, CMU, WMU, Miami and Ohio all do pretty well. I think USA Today may have changed their classifications this year, but MAC did have 7 ranked "national schools" vs. 4 in CUSA and only 1 "regional school" vs. 2 in CUSA.

NIU is just outside Chicago and EMU just outside Detroit. Kent is in the Cleveland suburbs and Akron is just outside. Miami is in the Cincinnati MSA and about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Ball St. is just outside the Indianapolis MSA. Those are pretty well known cities. Athens and Oxford are both nice college towns.

MAC hasn't had the basketball runs the CUSA schools have had, but the CUSA hasn't either in the last 30 years. CUSA is much better in baseball. But MAC is better in hockey.

Half the CUSA hasn't been FBS for 15 years continuously. Only Rice, UTEP and USM have been FBS for more than 30 years. Only Buffalo from the MAC has been FBS for less than 30 years. 7 different MAC teams have been ranked in the final AP poll (not counting Marshall), Toledo and Miami on multiple occasions. Miami has two top 10 finishes. Toledo has the 2nd longest win streak since WWI. Only 4 CUSA schools have been ranked-Marshall (2 of 3 times in MAC), WKU once, USM 3 times and Rice (but not since 50s).
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(01-13-2020 07:27 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 06:00 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  This may sound harsh toward the MAC but this has to be a factor for Marshall staying in C-USA.

If a league is not P5, it needs as many of the following elements to be in place for as many of its members as possible:

* nationally relevant football programs (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant men's basketball programs (or at least some with history)

* elite academic institutions

* locations in big cities or cool college towns

To a lesser extent:

* nationally relevant programs in baseball (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant programs in women's hoops (or at least some with history)

C-USA has some of the elements. Rice is elite academically and has great baseball. UAB, UTEP, Charlotte and Western Kentucky have had strong runs in men's hoops. LaTech has been a women's hoops power. The two Florida schools are emerging as academic players. USM has strong baseball. Marshall has enjoyed some great runs in football. Norfolk, Charlotte, Miami, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and Birmingham are, collectively, well known U.S. cities.

Now compare this to the MAC. Buffalo is strong academically and in decent sized city. Toledo has enjoyed some strong football. Maybe there is a baseball power or another strong academic school. But I'm not sure the MAC offers what C-USA does overally. Now what the MAC DOES offer is history/tradition, stability and a relatively tight geographic footprint. Much to be said for all that.

Still, it simply seems to me (admittedly, I'm biased as an MTSU grad) that C-USA brings so much more to the table than the MAC. As such, Marshall will stay put.

Yes. You're biased.

Miami is one of the original "public ivies." Its arguably a better undergraduate institution than Ohio St. Ohio and Miami were both founded in the early 1800s and are among the 10 oldest public universities in the country. In business programs, NIU, CMU, WMU, Miami and Ohio all do pretty well. I think USA Today may have changed their classifications this year, but MAC did have 7 ranked "national schools" vs. 4 in CUSA and only 1 "regional school" vs. 2 in CUSA.

NIU is just outside Chicago and EMU just outside Detroit. Kent is in the Cleveland suburbs and Akron is just outside. Miami is in the Cincinnati MSA and about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Ball St. is just outside the Indianapolis MSA. Those are pretty well known cities. Athens and Oxford are both nice college towns.

MAC hasn't had the basketball runs the CUSA schools have had, but the CUSA hasn't either in the last 30 years. CUSA is much better in baseball. But MAC is better in hockey.

Half the CUSA hasn't been FBS for 15 years continuously. Only Rice, UTEP and USM have been FBS for more than 30 years. Only Buffalo from the MAC has been FBS for less than 30 years. 7 different MAC teams have been ranked in the final AP poll (not counting Marshall), Toledo and Miami on multiple occasions. Miami has two top 10 finishes. Toledo has the 2nd longest win streak since WWI. Only 4 CUSA schools have been ranked-Marshall (2 of 3 times in MAC), WKU once, USM 3 times and Rice (but not since 50s).


I definitely showed some of my bias and ignorance. Great catch with Miami (Ohio). An excellent school.

And this is a strong point you make: 7 different MAC football teams have been ranked in the final AP poll.

As to the locations of the MAC universities, if you're going to include suburbs or towns located near cities for MAC schools, you've got to add Nashville (MTSU) and Dallas (Denton) to the list I gave for C-USA.

I still contend C-USA has a more interesting mix of all the elements I listed earlier. But it's not as wide a gap as I had thought and your points have convinced me.
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(01-13-2020 09:30 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 07:27 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 06:00 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  This may sound harsh toward the MAC but this has to be a factor for Marshall staying in C-USA.

If a league is not P5, it needs as many of the following elements to be in place for as many of its members as possible:

* nationally relevant football programs (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant men's basketball programs (or at least some with history)

* elite academic institutions

* locations in big cities or cool college towns

To a lesser extent:

* nationally relevant programs in baseball (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant programs in women's hoops (or at least some with history)

C-USA has some of the elements. Rice is elite academically and has great baseball. UAB, UTEP, Charlotte and Western Kentucky have had strong runs in men's hoops. LaTech has been a women's hoops power. The two Florida schools are emerging as academic players. USM has strong baseball. Marshall has enjoyed some great runs in football. Norfolk, Charlotte, Miami, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and Birmingham are, collectively, well known U.S. cities.

Now compare this to the MAC. Buffalo is strong academically and in decent sized city. Toledo has enjoyed some strong football. Maybe there is a baseball power or another strong academic school. But I'm not sure the MAC offers what C-USA does overally. Now what the MAC DOES offer is history/tradition, stability and a relatively tight geographic footprint. Much to be said for all that.

Still, it simply seems to me (admittedly, I'm biased as an MTSU grad) that C-USA brings so much more to the table than the MAC. As such, Marshall will stay put.

Yes. You're biased.

Miami is one of the original "public ivies." Its arguably a better undergraduate institution than Ohio St. Ohio and Miami were both founded in the early 1800s and are among the 10 oldest public universities in the country. In business programs, NIU, CMU, WMU, Miami and Ohio all do pretty well. I think USA Today may have changed their classifications this year, but MAC did have 7 ranked "national schools" vs. 4 in CUSA and only 1 "regional school" vs. 2 in CUSA.

NIU is just outside Chicago and EMU just outside Detroit. Kent is in the Cleveland suburbs and Akron is just outside. Miami is in the Cincinnati MSA and about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Ball St. is just outside the Indianapolis MSA. Those are pretty well known cities. Athens and Oxford are both nice college towns.

MAC hasn't had the basketball runs the CUSA schools have had, but the CUSA hasn't either in the last 30 years. CUSA is much better in baseball. But MAC is better in hockey.

Half the CUSA hasn't been FBS for 15 years continuously. Only Rice, UTEP and USM have been FBS for more than 30 years. Only Buffalo from the MAC has been FBS for less than 30 years. 7 different MAC teams have been ranked in the final AP poll (not counting Marshall), Toledo and Miami on multiple occasions. Miami has two top 10 finishes. Toledo has the 2nd longest win streak since WWI. Only 4 CUSA schools have been ranked-Marshall (2 of 3 times in MAC), WKU once, USM 3 times and Rice (but not since 50s).


I definitely showed some of my bias and ignorance. Great catch with Miami (Ohio). An excellent school.

And this is a strong point you make: 7 different MAC football teams have been ranked in the final AP poll.

As to the locations of the MAC universities, if you're going to include suburbs or towns located near cities for MAC schools, you've got to add Nashville (MTSU) and Dallas (Denton) to the list I gave for C-USA.

I still contend C-USA has a more interesting mix of all the elements I listed earlier. But it's not as wide a gap as I had thought and your points have convinced me.

Both conferences have schools near a lot of major cities.
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(01-13-2020 10:23 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 09:30 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 07:27 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 06:00 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  This may sound harsh toward the MAC but this has to be a factor for Marshall staying in C-USA.

If a league is not P5, it needs as many of the following elements to be in place for as many of its members as possible:

* nationally relevant football programs (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant men's basketball programs (or at least some with history)

* elite academic institutions

* locations in big cities or cool college towns

To a lesser extent:

* nationally relevant programs in baseball (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant programs in women's hoops (or at least some with history)

C-USA has some of the elements. Rice is elite academically and has great baseball. UAB, UTEP, Charlotte and Western Kentucky have had strong runs in men's hoops. LaTech has been a women's hoops power. The two Florida schools are emerging as academic players. USM has strong baseball. Marshall has enjoyed some great runs in football. Norfolk, Charlotte, Miami, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and Birmingham are, collectively, well known U.S. cities.

Now compare this to the MAC. Buffalo is strong academically and in decent sized city. Toledo has enjoyed some strong football. Maybe there is a baseball power or another strong academic school. But I'm not sure the MAC offers what C-USA does overally. Now what the MAC DOES offer is history/tradition, stability and a relatively tight geographic footprint. Much to be said for all that.

Still, it simply seems to me (admittedly, I'm biased as an MTSU grad) that C-USA brings so much more to the table than the MAC. As such, Marshall will stay put.

Yes. You're biased.

Miami is one of the original "public ivies." Its arguably a better undergraduate institution than Ohio St. Ohio and Miami were both founded in the early 1800s and are among the 10 oldest public universities in the country. In business programs, NIU, CMU, WMU, Miami and Ohio all do pretty well. I think USA Today may have changed their classifications this year, but MAC did have 7 ranked "national schools" vs. 4 in CUSA and only 1 "regional school" vs. 2 in CUSA.

NIU is just outside Chicago and EMU just outside Detroit. Kent is in the Cleveland suburbs and Akron is just outside. Miami is in the Cincinnati MSA and about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Ball St. is just outside the Indianapolis MSA. Those are pretty well known cities. Athens and Oxford are both nice college towns.

MAC hasn't had the basketball runs the CUSA schools have had, but the CUSA hasn't either in the last 30 years. CUSA is much better in baseball. But MAC is better in hockey.

Half the CUSA hasn't been FBS for 15 years continuously. Only Rice, UTEP and USM have been FBS for more than 30 years. Only Buffalo from the MAC has been FBS for less than 30 years. 7 different MAC teams have been ranked in the final AP poll (not counting Marshall), Toledo and Miami on multiple occasions. Miami has two top 10 finishes. Toledo has the 2nd longest win streak since WWI. Only 4 CUSA schools have been ranked-Marshall (2 of 3 times in MAC), WKU once, USM 3 times and Rice (but not since 50s).


I definitely showed some of my bias and ignorance. Great catch with Miami (Ohio). An excellent school.

And this is a strong point you make: 7 different MAC football teams have been ranked in the final AP poll.

As to the locations of the MAC universities, if you're going to include suburbs or towns located near cities for MAC schools, you've got to add Nashville (MTSU) and Dallas (Denton) to the list I gave for C-USA.

I still contend C-USA has a more interesting mix of all the elements I listed earlier. But it's not as wide a gap as I had thought and your points have convinced me.

Both conferences have schools near a lot of major cities.


Agree, and I feel that is a positive for leagues like the MAC and C-USA.
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Does Marshall want to play on Tuesday nights? I would guess not.
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(01-14-2020 10:44 AM)NIU007 Wrote:  Does Marshall want to play on Tuesday nights? I would guess not.

That's a reason that Sun Belt schools might wish to join CUSA. No T/W.
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(01-14-2020 10:44 AM)NIU007 Wrote:  Does Marshall want to play on Tuesday nights? I would guess not.

That's a reason that Sun Belt schools might wish to join CUSA. No T/W.
There's only seven midweek games (2 Wed / 5 Thur) a year for the belt. Nothing like the MAC's schedule.
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(01-14-2020 10:44 AM)NIU007 Wrote:  Does Marshall want to play on Tuesday nights? I would guess not.

That's a reason that Sun Belt schools might wish to join CUSA. No T/W.
There's only seven midweek games (2 Wed / 5 Thur) a year for the belt. Nothing like the MAC's schedule.

I think its a mistake for the MAC to allow more than 1 weekday home game per team.
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The Sun Belts midweek games averaged more in attendance than the overall season average. Not hosting but once a year doesn't put a massive strain on fan bases and they're all either on ESPN2/U.
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(01-11-2020 02:52 PM)MWC Tex Wrote:  I’d like the MAC to expand to 16 with the 4 Dakota schools.

Big difference between the 4. NDSU/SDSU are excellent on the field and fan support. UND/USD are dead weight.
UND made the playoffs this year.
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In the Shanghai list, by tiers in the US (it's 1,000 schools worldwide), just "listed in one (STEM intensive) List taken very seriously by millions of people":

AAC: 8/11, 0.727
CUSA: 9/14, 0.643
MWC: 7/12, 0.583
MAC: 5/12, 0.417
SBC: 2/12, 0.167

With the tiers below, so if you want to put a higher cut-off than "made the list", feel free. Sorted within tiers in alphabetical order

41-43: CUSA, Rice ----- CUSA 1/14
67-94: MWC, Co State --- AAC 2/11, CUSA 2/14, MWC 1/12
67-94: AAC, Houston
67-94: CUSA, UAB
67-94: AAC, USF
95-116: MAC, Buffalo --- AAC 5/11, CUSA 2/14, MAC 1/12, MWC 2/12
95-116: MWC, NMU
95-116: AAC, Temple
95-116: AAC, UC
95-116: AAC, UCF
117-137: CUSA, FIU --- AAC 6/11, CUSA 4/14, MAC 1/12, MWC 4/12
117-137: AAC, Tulane
117-137: CUSA, UNT
117-137: MWC, Utah State
117-137: MWC, Wyoming
138-155: SBC, Georgia St --- AAC 7/11, CUSA 4/14, MAC 2/12, MWC 5/12, SBC 1/12
138-155: MAC, Kent St
138-155: MWC, SDSU
138-155: AAC, SMU
156-171: MWC, Nevada-Reno --- AAC 7/11, CUSA 6/14, MAC 2/12, MWC 6/12, SBC 2/12
156-171: CUSA, Old Dominion
156-171: SBC, UTA
156-171: CUSA, UTSA
172-181: AAC, ECU --- AAC 8/11, CUSA 7/14, MAC 3/12, MWC 7/12, SBC 2/12
172-181: MWC, Nevada-LV
172-181: MAC, Ohio U
172-181: CUSA, UTEP
182-192: MAC, Akron --- AAC 8/11, CUSA 7/14, MAC 5/12, MWC 7/12, SBC 2/12
182-192: MAC, Toledo
193-206: CUSA, FAU --- AAC 8/11, CUSA 9/14, MAC 5/12, MWC 7/12, SBC 2/12
193-206: CUSA, UNCC

Sorted by conference:
41-43: CUSA, Rice
67-94: CUSA, UAB
117-137: CUSA, FIU
117-137: CUSA, UNT
156-171: CUSA, Old Dominion
156-171: CUSA, UTSA
172-181: CUSA, UTEP
193-206: CUSA, FAU
193-206: CUSA, UNCC

67-94: MWC, Co State
95-116: MWC, NMU
117-137: MWC, Utah State
117-137: MWC, Wyoming
138-155: MWC, SDSU
156-171: MWC, Nevada-Reno
172-181: MWC, Nevada-LV

67-94: AAC, Houston
67-94: AAC, USF
95-116: AAC, Temple
95-116: AAC, UC
95-116: AAC, UCF
117-137: AAC, Tulane
138-155: AAC, SMU
172-181: AAC, ECU

95-116: MAC, Buffalo
138-155: MAC, Kent St
172-181: MAC, Ohio U
182-192: MAC, Akron
182-192: MAC, Toledo

138-155: SBC, Georgia St
156-171: SBC, UTA
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(01-13-2020 10:23 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 09:30 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 07:27 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 06:00 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  This may sound harsh toward the MAC but this has to be a factor for Marshall staying in C-USA.

If a league is not P5, it needs as many of the following elements to be in place for as many of its members as possible:

* nationally relevant football programs (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant men's basketball programs (or at least some with history)

* elite academic institutions

* locations in big cities or cool college towns

To a lesser extent:

* nationally relevant programs in baseball (or at least some with history)

* nationally relevant programs in women's hoops (or at least some with history)

C-USA has some of the elements. Rice is elite academically and has great baseball. UAB, UTEP, Charlotte and Western Kentucky have had strong runs in men's hoops. LaTech has been a women's hoops power. The two Florida schools are emerging as academic players. USM has strong baseball. Marshall has enjoyed some great runs in football. Norfolk, Charlotte, Miami, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and Birmingham are, collectively, well known U.S. cities.

Now compare this to the MAC. Buffalo is strong academically and in decent sized city. Toledo has enjoyed some strong football. Maybe there is a baseball power or another strong academic school. But I'm not sure the MAC offers what C-USA does overally. Now what the MAC DOES offer is history/tradition, stability and a relatively tight geographic footprint. Much to be said for all that.

Still, it simply seems to me (admittedly, I'm biased as an MTSU grad) that C-USA brings so much more to the table than the MAC. As such, Marshall will stay put.

Yes. You're biased.

Miami is one of the original "public ivies." Its arguably a better undergraduate institution than Ohio St. Ohio and Miami were both founded in the early 1800s and are among the 10 oldest public universities in the country. In business programs, NIU, CMU, WMU, Miami and Ohio all do pretty well. I think USA Today may have changed their classifications this year, but MAC did have 7 ranked "national schools" vs. 4 in CUSA and only 1 "regional school" vs. 2 in CUSA.

NIU is just outside Chicago and EMU just outside Detroit. Kent is in the Cleveland suburbs and Akron is just outside. Miami is in the Cincinnati MSA and about midway between Cincinnati and Dayton. Ball St. is just outside the Indianapolis MSA. Those are pretty well known cities. Athens and Oxford are both nice college towns.

MAC hasn't had the basketball runs the CUSA schools have had, but the CUSA hasn't either in the last 30 years. CUSA is much better in baseball. But MAC is better in hockey.

Half the CUSA hasn't been FBS for 15 years continuously. Only Rice, UTEP and USM have been FBS for more than 30 years. Only Buffalo from the MAC has been FBS for less than 30 years. 7 different MAC teams have been ranked in the final AP poll (not counting Marshall), Toledo and Miami on multiple occasions. Miami has two top 10 finishes. Toledo has the 2nd longest win streak since WWI. Only 4 CUSA schools have been ranked-Marshall (2 of 3 times in MAC), WKU once, USM 3 times and Rice (but not since 50s).


I definitely showed some of my bias and ignorance. Great catch with Miami (Ohio). An excellent school.

And this is a strong point you make: 7 different MAC football teams have been ranked in the final AP poll.

As to the locations of the MAC universities, if you're going to include suburbs or towns located near cities for MAC schools, you've got to add Nashville (MTSU) and Dallas (Denton) to the list I gave for C-USA.

I still contend C-USA has a more interesting mix of all the elements I listed earlier. But it's not as wide a gap as I had thought and your points have convinced me.

Both conferences have schools near a lot of major cities.

Louisiana Tech has been FBS/I-A longer than 30 years and has played football since 1901.
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(01-15-2020 01:40 AM)BruceMcF Wrote:  In the Shanghai list, by tiers in the US (it's 1,000 schools worldwide), just "listed in one (STEM intensive) List taken very seriously by millions of people:

AAC: 8/11, 0.727
CUSA: 9/14, 0.643
MWC: 7/12, 0.583
MAC: 5/12, 0.417
SBC: 2/12, 0.167

Thank you. This sums up the resistance in some C-USA camps to the geographic reshuffle with the Sunbelt.
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Has there been an offer I'm not aware of?
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I really doubt the MAC would even want Marshall back, So asking why Marshall doesn't return may well be wrong question to ask.
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(01-15-2020 08:44 AM)goodknightfl Wrote:  I really doubt the MAC would even want Marshall back, So asking why Marshall doesn't return may well be wrong question to ask.

The big question is, when is UCF gonna come back to the MAC? 02-13-banana
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(01-15-2020 10:10 AM)Miami (Oh) Yeah ! Wrote:  
(01-15-2020 08:44 AM)goodknightfl Wrote:  I really doubt the MAC would even want Marshall back, So asking why Marshall doesn't return may well be wrong question to ask.

The big question is, when is UCF gonna come back to the MAC? 02-13-banana

At one time, I would have said if their basketball program gets so good that they get an invite from the Big East.

But nowadays its probably workable to play as an independent that they wouldn't join the MAC even then.
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