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Lots of movement in the lower-level conferences in the last few days.
Idaho and New Mexico State, who were left without a conference when the WAC imploded, will join the Sun Belt as football-only members in 2014, sources said Tuesday.
Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will make the transition from the FCS to the FBS and join the Sun Belt Conference in 2015, sources told ESPN.
Tulsa will join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference in 2014, while East Carolina will be added as a full member, sources told ESPN.
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Thx for posting Perk. Damn shame with what's going on with the rivalries.
Good move for Appy State.
I'm frankly surprised it hasn't happened sooner. Their stadium is bigger than Wake's.
Don't be surprised if JMU makes a move, also.
JMU President Jonathan Alger and Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne comment on the departure of George Mason University to the Atlantic 10 Conference beginning July 1, 2013
Will Tulsas reported move to the Big East set off a chain reaction?
Hmmmm, wouldn't love that. Going from two FBS teams in the state to four could trim a little bit off the underbelly of our depth options in recruiting. I'm sure some nice 3-star guys will choose JMU and ODU over us from time to time.
I am soo tempted to post my amazing conferences I made for NCAA '13....but I'll spare you all.
I'll post what I would do to restore order to the college football world where historical and potential rivalries are strongest. # of teams in parentheses.
North Carolina St
Big East (12):
Big Ten (12):
Mountain West (16):
New Mexico St
San Diego St
San Jose St
PAC 10 (10):
Sun Belt (12):
South Alabama (Ross Metheny!)
Conf USA (16):
Middle Tennessee St
This post was edited by HooRonn98 13 months ago
So HooRonn what has happened to good old Wake??
Good call, thx
Well, might as well do it now. I'm interested in seeing it.
Crappy Appy makes it official.
Appalachian State has announced it is leaving the Southern Conference to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
Not to revive a dead topic, but I just had a thought.
So in the post-realignmentpalooza world ...
The new ACC is the old Big East.
The new Big East is the old CUSA.
The new CUSA is the old Sun Belt.
The new Sun Belt is the old FCS upper echelon.
Oh, and the new Mountain West is the old WAC.
So all of this begs the question ... while the ACC moves make sense, why did any of the other schools bother changing conferences?
The only original 1991 team left in the "Big East" in 2014 will be Temple, who is so bad that they got banished from the conference for 7 years.
Boston College (ACC)
Va Tech (ACC)
West Virginia (Big XII)
And now Louisville is bailing as well. So in 2015, your Big East will consist of:
UCF (left CUSA in 2013)
Cincinnati (left CUSA in 2005)
UConn (started in 2004)
ECU (left CUSA in 2014)
Houston (left CUSA in 2013)
Memphis (left CUSA in 2013)
Navy (started in 2015)
SMU (left CUSA in 2013)
USF (left CUSA in 2005)
Tulane (left CUSA in 2014)
Tulsa (left CUSA in 2014?)
So literally 9 of the 12 "Big East" teams came over from CUSA. Why didn't they all just stay in CUSA? (Or in Cinci and USF's case, go back to it?) Is trading Marshall and Southern Miss for Navy and UConn really an upgrade?
The CUSA is in a similarly weird and unnecessary reboot mode.
Original teams from 1996:
Cincinnati (Big East)
Houston (Big East)
Louisville (Big East, then ACC)
Memphis (Big East)
USF (Big East)
Tulane (Big East)
Only 2 out of 8 left. ECU joined in 1997, while UCF, Marshall, Rice, SMU, Tulsa, and UTEP all joined in 2005. Even out of that expanded crew only Marshall, Rice, and UTEP will remain in the "new" CUSA.
Charlotte (left FCS in 2012)
FAU (left Sun Belt in 2013)
FIU (left Sun Belt in 2013)
Louisiana Tech (left WAC in 2013)
Marshall (left MAC in 2005)
Middle Tennessee (left Sun Belt in 2013)
North Texas (left Sun Belt in 2013)
Old Dominion (left FCS in 2012)
Rice (left WAC in 2005)
UTSA (left WAC in 2013)
UTEP (left WAC in 2005)
Western Kentucky (left Sun Belt in 2013)
So that's 14 teams, including 5 from the Sun Belt, 4 from the WAC, 1 from the MAC, and 2 freshly elevated from FCS. Oh, and 2 original CUSA teams. Talk about a patch job.
As for the poor, lowly Sun Belt in 2015 ...
Appalachian State (FBS elevated in 2013-15)
Arkansas State (FBS elevated in 1992)
Georgia State (FBS elevated in 2013-15, program started in 2010)
Idaho (WAC reject, FBS elevated in 1996-97)
Louisiana-Lafayette (FBS elevated in 1978)
Louisiana-Monroe (FBS elevated in 1994)
New Mexico State (WAC reject)
South Alabama (FBS elevated in 2011-13, program started in 2009)
Texas State (FBS elevated in 2011-13)
Troy (FBS elevated in 2001-03)
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