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(11-17-2017 03:32 AM)army56mike Wrote:  FINALLY back after some login and tech issues!

So.... USC Upstate and Hampton to the BSC.

There were always rumors of Hampton joining, but USC Upstate is a surprise. What’s to be gained by leaving the Atlantic Sun?

I'm from Spartanburg, it's within 300 miles to most of the Big South. In the A-Sun they only had one team within 300 miles. Competition is similar plus it adds chances for natural rivals (PC, Winthrop, CSU and GWU which is 30 miles away). They have good academics, growing school, they invest money (4million a few years ago on the basketball arena) and a great softball program. I'm okay with the add.
11-17-2017 08:24 AM
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As was pointed out by Jon over on the other board, LU receently began a strategic partnership with Hampton. I wouldn't think it was outrageous to suggest we may have played a role in their entry. This puts the Big South at 12 outside of football including us technically as an associate member. It could ultimately lead to the league pushing us over to the A-Sun to make way for another football-playing full member or two.

This Hampton move also will alllow there to be eight football members including associates (don't forget North Alabama is on the way in 2019). If Presby goes to the Pioneer for football as expected, that means the league maintains some viability should they lose another school. If Presby does vote to move football to the Pioneer, you can expect the league to consider inviting two more MEAC schools with Hampton's archrival Howard being the obvious candidate. Of course, none of this matters to us now other than potential impact on our non-football membership.

USC Upstate has made sense for quite some time. Very nice add for a Carolinas/Virginia-centered league.
11-17-2017 09:53 AM
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If two more MEAC teams are brought in I do hope it’s Howard, NC A&T, or Bethune-Cookman.
11-21-2017 06:14 PM
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(11-21-2017 06:14 PM)army56mike Wrote:  If two more MEAC teams are brought in I do hope it’s Howard, NC A&T, or Bethune-Cookman.

Bethune cookman is too far away
11-21-2017 06:27 PM
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(11-21-2017 06:27 PM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(11-21-2017 06:14 PM)army56mike Wrote:  If two more MEAC teams are brought in I do hope it’s Howard, NC A&T, or Bethune-Cookman.

Bethune cookman is too far away
Bethune Cookman is embroiled in severe financial instability. The former prez resigned amid reports in the Daytona Journal of funny financing regarding dorm construction costs. Lots of bad local press and expressed doubts the school can recover. This bad news happened about 90 days ago and things have been quiet since about that time. A huge NO to Bethune Cookman.
11-21-2017 06:41 PM
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Howard and A&T would be the likely candidates with the Florida schools and Delaware State available in a moment of desperation.
11-21-2017 07:21 PM
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I would say SC State and NC Central would be a go before the Florida schools.
11-21-2017 07:49 PM
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SC State is on the verge of merging with Clemson and losing their athletic department. NC Central is losing their reason to be Dvision I if more high profile MEAC schools bolt. They only moved up a few years ago to compete with the A&Ts, Hamptons and Howards.
11-22-2017 10:21 AM
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(11-22-2017 10:21 AM)SlyFox Wrote:  SC State is on the verge of merging with Clemson and losing their athletic department. NC Central is losing their reason to be Dvision I if more high profile MEAC schools bolt. They only moved up a few years ago to compete with the A&Ts, Hamptons and Howards.

Where are you from? SC State is not merging with Clemson lol. Sure, you could make the argument that they have financial issues but they are getting it together.
11-22-2017 12:33 PM
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Tht's not what some friends in the SC Leg have told me. And "financial issues" is putting it mildly.
11-22-2017 02:20 PM
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