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RE: Does Liberty plan on moving to the Atlantic Sun?
It is not as simple as you indicate, NoDak. Through the Big South we have a compact bus league against schools with whom we know we should have relatively easy access to auto bids regardless of sports outside of mens hoops. And even that looks better these days. The upside to being in the A-Sun is negligable for us.

Now there remains the very real possibility that we'll land there as our fallback should the Big South push us out to make way for more schools. But in the meantime, it serves our purposes just fine.

As for recruiting, we strongly recruit Texas, Georgia & Florida already. Having a game at a school that most recruits really don't follow in their state gives us minimal advantage.
11-20-2017 10:09 AM
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RE: Does Liberty plan on moving to the Atlantic Sun?
The upside, if one exists at all, for going to the A Sun, is minimal compared to the BSC. We are currently better off staying put until a much better offer comes. We need a string of conference championships and NCAA Tourny runs for better conferences to take notice.
11-20-2017 05:18 PM
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RE: Does Liberty plan on moving to the Atlantic Sun?
(11-20-2017 05:18 PM)army56mike Wrote:  The upside, if one exists at all, for going to the A Sun, is minimal compared to the BSC. We are currently better off staying put until a much better offer comes. We need a string of conference championships and NCAA Tourny runs for better conferences to take notice.

Thats a reasonable response. But if JMU, Delaware, Jax St, EKU, Stony Brook and others go A Sun, Liberty won't be far behind.
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RE: Does Liberty plan on moving to the Atlantic Sun?
That is an epically significant IF.
11-20-2017 11:22 PM
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RE: Does Liberty plan on moving to the Atlantic Sun?
(11-20-2017 10:10 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(11-20-2017 05:18 PM)army56mike Wrote:  The upside, if one exists at all, for going to the A Sun, is minimal compared to the BSC. We are currently better off staying put until a much better offer comes. We need a string of conference championships and NCAA Tourny runs for better conferences to take notice.

Thats a reasonable response. But if JMU, Delaware, Jax St, EKU, Stony Brook and others go A Sun, Liberty won't be far behind.

Why would those schools move to the A-Sun in the first place? The A-Sun is literally the gateway from Division II, the eastern version of the WAC. They are the lowest of lows in D-I. Why would the current A-Sun members let a bunch of schools come in and hijack the conference? Why would schools not currently in conferences together then band together under a new conference? Why would the NCAA allow them to move to FBS without an invitation from an existing FBS conference? Liberty received a waiver due to asking the NCAA for permission to move up as an independent since the rule was inadvertently punishing private schools. The example lists all public.
11-21-2017 09:40 PM
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RE: Does Liberty plan on moving to the Atlantic Sun?
The inferrence is to the possibility of FBS wannabes banding together to move up together and still maintain auto bids. Under the current environment, it is one of the few plausable paths to a new Eastern FBS league. Once again, this is highly speculative and frankly rather unlikely. But circumstances could change in the next year or so to make such a move more realistic.

There cannot be a football-only FBS league. So any new FBS league would either have to be created through an existing non-football league like the A-Sun or WAC adding FBS football or through building a new league from the ground up which would result in the loss of auto bids for all sports for way too many years for most schools considering a move to stomach.
11-22-2017 10:26 AM
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