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Re: Conference Realignment Rumors
« Reply #45 on: October 08, 2018, 11:07:07 am »
on the LIU post/brooklyn merger: https://www.basketballforum.com/america-east-conference/442130-conference-expansion-explosion-coming-260.html

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Re: Conference Realignment Rumors
« Reply #46 on: October 08, 2018, 11:30:27 am »
Interesting article  but please not the MAC .  My vote and geography tells me the AAC if they call  -UConn. Temple etc .

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Re: Conference Realignment Rumors
« Reply #47 on: October 08, 2018, 04:16:47 pm »
I'm glad the poster mentioned LIU as a potential backfill addition for the AE, but there's no reason for the AE to expand right now. We turned down NJIT, and I don't think we really needed Lowell either.

The idea LIU, with their D2 call up program would replace us in the CAA is laughable. Monmouth, Hampton, CCSU, Kennesaw State, Youngstown State and others would be a higher priority for the CAA than LIU. The CAA would want to maintain it's spot as a top FCS football conference and LIU doesn't do that. I think the league collapsing if us, JMU, and Delaware all leave is just as likely though. Richmond, Nova, and W&M go to the Patriot, and the rest either backfill with weak teams, or join other conferences.

Interesting article  but please not the MAC .  My vote and geography tells me the AAC if they call  -UConn. Temple etc .

The AAC isn't happening right out of FCS. They're focused on being treated like a power conference and power conferences don't add FCS teams. That same reason is why JMU will never get the call from them. If the AAC is the goal, we're probably best served playing in the MAC, doing well there, and then being attractive to the AAC when they need to backfill membership.

The most likely realignment move for us in the immediate future would be an all-sports move to the CAA. All it would take is the other schools to tell Hofstra (and probably Northeastern too) to pound sand and vote us in. Albany likely comes along with us. That version of the CAA probably still isn't a multi-bid conference, but it's an attractive league for us. JMU is definitely going FBS soon, so the CAA will want to add teams on the Olympic sports side. There would be no football involved in that, so really it's something that could happen at any time. If a month from now there was a headline saying SBU and Albany accepted all-sports invites to the CAA, I wouldn't be all that shocked. Hofstra is not Texas, they can't single handedly hold a conference hostage like that.

 
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Re: Conference Realignment Rumors
« Reply #49 on: October 10, 2018, 06:47:30 pm »
Interesting article.  Vermont fans are very content staying in the America East  anything more  would not work for them .  I understand where the Albany fans are coming from  they  want the same route to FBS and better conference affiliation  as we do.    Given our advancements in facilities and seeing the teams win I could us moving up  in under 5 years along with Albany and JMU .  Not sure where we will land  but it  could be exciting .  Vermont will never budge from the AE unless the conference folds. 

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Re: Conference Realignment Rumors
« Reply #50 on: October 10, 2018, 09:48:01 pm »
some really interesting thoughts from newobserver: https://www.basketballforum.com/america-east-conference/442130-conference-expansion-explosion-coming-261.html

Very interesting thread. I get a good chuckle out of that Maine fan who thinks any AE program that isn't content with playing in a middle school gym in front of 100 people is being uppity and expecting too much  ;D ;D.

The move is going to happen. Our academic and institutional profile is more in line with a Big Ten or Pac-12 school than it is with the AE. It's only a matter of time. Our academics, facilities, relevance in NYC and NYS, strong athletic programs, etc. are all things we can bring to a conference. In response to the people in that thread bashing us lol.