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  • richardgoudie Apr 28, 10:34 a.m.
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    Independence would be an option with a lot of risks. My concern then is we end up with 7 or 8 football games against FBS teams and all the others against FCS. That would also water down the home schedule making season ticket sales suffer. Only diehard Pirate fans like myself would continue to buy season tickets I predict.

    Depending on how the Mountain USA pans out I would like to see ECU start it's own conference in the east before considering independence. So a conference with the following:

    ECU
    So Miss
    Marshall
    UAB
    La. Tech
    FIU
    Troy Tulane App St NC-charlotte

  • davenportj Feb 28, 12:29 p.m.
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    No

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  • 4DORADSTROYA Feb 27, 7:33 p.m.
    All Star

    No

  • Hokies94 Feb 23, 6:16 p.m.
    Sports Legend

    Not too many postings on here for ECU. I know they have lost a few close basketball games.

  • lazydawg58 Feb 20, 11:30 p.m.
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    I'm afraid ultimately we will see the FBS subdivide. The Pac, B10, B12, ACC and big Daddy SEC... View More

    — Posted by lazydawg58

    I think the biggest thing that keeps that from happening is that football is a zero sum game. ... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    I was thinking that they continue to play each other, just don't get invited to the elite bowls if you aren't in one of the five big time conferences.

  • Ken D. Feb 19, 9:13 p.m.
    Sports Legend

    I'm afraid ultimately we will see the FBS subdivide. The Pac, B10, B12, ACC and big Daddy SEC... View More

    — Posted by lazydawg58

    I think the biggest thing that keeps that from happening is that football is a zero sum game. That is, for every winner there must be a loser. What keeps the alumni of the schools in the power conferences happy is having winning records and going to bowls. This past year, 42 of the 58 schools in those five conferences achieved that. The only way they can continue to do so is if they routinely play and win a significant number of games against lesser conferences and lower division teams.

    If they break away, they may be forced to just play each other, which means on average only about 29 schools will finish the season happy. That's a lot of unhappy alumni.

  • lazydawg58 Feb 19, 5:05 p.m.
    Pro

    I'm afraid ultimately we will see the FBS subdivide. The Pac, B10, B12, ACC and big Daddy SEC become Division One and hold a championship. Then the BE, CUSA/MWC, SB, Mid Am., and whatever they are calling that other one out west hold a Division Two poor man's championship. Then we have the FBS.

  • davenportj Feb 17, 1:01 p.m.
    Pro

    I hope this is for the short term. ECU can patch up a eastern conference with S.Miss. and maybe break away in a few years. or maybe they will get the CALL! And YES I don't like the merger

  • Ken D. Feb 17, 8:58 a.m.
    Sports Legend

    I don't think the goal was for C-USA to be stronger than the Big East. I thought the goal was for ECU to be in a better conference than it was before. I don't think that's the case. I believe this new conference will be much weaker than it was, and I don't believe it will put more money into ECU's athletic budget. I also think it will preclude ECU from participating in any playoff format likely to be adopted.

    I don't see a win here.

  • tcoutouzis Feb 16, 7:26 p.m.
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    I think that we will actually surpass the The Big East in TV dollars and strength. I think they may pick up only one possible 1AA team. That would be App St. Taller midget or not I would love to have a 4 team playoff for the Alliance Championship. It is going to set a the foundation for a national playoff and put the BCS out of its misery. They are looking for good teams in decent markets. We have heard about Temple, FIU, La Tech, North Texas, UT San Antonio some school in the MAC from Ohio. I am not sure of any others though. We'll see what happens. The Big East did take Memphis so obviously they are aware that the BCS as we know it is going away. Any football team we add will strengthen the conference by leaps and bounds.

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