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Just now, NewGuy12 said:

MWC would probably add Gonzaga 

They would if Gonzaga was actually interested..However, I was referring to football schools..

The NDSU dudes coming around here want a football only invitation..

But..the MW originally had 8 full members.  The best version had 9.

They were happy at 10..USU and SJSU were added to get back to 10 when SDSU and Boise State left. 

Taking them back got the league to 12 kinda by accident.

I think if a couple schools leave there won't be much of an urge to get back to 12.

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On 11/3/2021 at 11:09 AM, FresnoFacts said:

 

LOL, the NDSU big boosters supposedly want "only" the MW or Big 12.

But this morning lakebison is now on the AAC board pimping NDSU to that league's fans.

http://csnbbs.com/thread-934250.html

He's also begging CUSA fans for an invite after pretending to be above CUSA on here.

https://csnbbs.com/thread-934162.html

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Apparently confirmed NMSU, Liberty, SHSU and JSU to C-USA. If MTSU and WKU stay it would be a semi decent Conference:

NMSU, LT, UTEP, SHSU, Liberty, MTSU, JSU, WKU, FIU

STATES: (TX, NM, LA, TN, KY, VA, FL)

Gives them the option to add UMass or UConn as Football only but I still expect them to look at adding 1 more full member school to get to 10 to have even Divisions.

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On 11/4/2021 at 8:51 AM, shizzle787 said:

As a UConn fan, I can tell you that UConn is not interested in C-USA. They called us. 

 

It will be interesting to see what happens to WKU and MTSU. If they stay in C-USA, the league can realistically just add one more all-sports team and call it a day. 

I'm surprised that they weren't interested in easier scheduling for football?  Is UConn looking to build a regional schedule in the NE? 

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5 minutes ago, Wyobraska said:

I'm surprised that they weren't interested in easier scheduling for football?  Is UConn looking to build a regional schedule in the NE? 

WKU and MTSU decision hasn't been announced.  On Monday people were saying it was close to done for moving to MAC.  UMass and UConn could both join for football only, but my guess is neither will.  As of today,  CUSA is sitting at 9 and could be at 7 if MAC expands.  I am sure 7 schools sounds a whole lot better to the 3 schools that were left.  And if needed,  there are probably plenty more FCS schools that will see dollar signs and access to FBS and bowl games and jump if given the chance.  Evidently,  NDSU isn't interested this time around.  

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7 minutes ago, alum93 said:

WKU and MTSU decision hasn't been announced.  On Monday people were saying it was close to done for moving to MAC.  UMass and UConn could both join for football only, but my guess is neither will.  As of today,  CUSA is sitting at 9 and could be at 7 if MAC expands.  I am sure 7 schools sounds a whole lot better to the 3 schools that were left.  And if needed,  there are probably plenty more FCS schools that will see dollar signs and access to FBS and bowl games and jump if given the chance.

I'm thinking C-USA has other FCS schools in the pipe, they're just waiting on WKU and MTSU's decision. Minimum of 1 more add if they stay and 1-3 if they don't. Probably a conflict of deciding between ESPN deal and a more stable Conference vs Exit Fee payout and playing in a Leauge that doesn't support their recruiting/geography somewhat.

If the leave the 3 remaining will be happy, 44 million to split a few ways.

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11 minutes ago, alum93 said:

Being with UTEP frees up a football and 2 basketball games.  Hope to continue to see MWC schools scheduled in both sports for OOC.  

I am also happy New Mexico State finally got into a conference. Admittedly CUSA is not much of a conference considering what they have lost however it is  a good thing for NMSU.  I have read that UMass and UConn may be interested in a football only contract with the CUSA.  That might be a disaster for them. 

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7 minutes ago, 1066 said:

I am also happy New Mexico State finally got into a conference. Admittedly CUSA is not much of a conference considering what they have lost however it is  a good thing for NMSU.  I have read that UMass and UConn may be interested in a football only contract with the CUSA.  That might be a disaster for them. 

Independence has been a disaster this year for UConn football.  They were outscored something like 136-0 over 6  FBS quarters, and not to ranked teams at the time.  Actually is was Fresno, Purdue, and Army.  Fresno ended up cracking the top 25.  But i doubt they want to play a bunch of schools from the south and west.  

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56 minutes ago, utgrizfan said:

I'm thinking C-USA has other FCS schools in the pipe, they're just waiting on WKU and MTSU's decision. Minimum of 1 more add if they stay and 1-3 if they don't. Probably a conflict of deciding between ESPN deal and a more stable Conference vs Exit Fee payout and playing in a Leauge that doesn't support their recruiting/geography somewhat.

If the leave the 3 remaining will be happy, 44 million to split a few ways.

It seems like one thing CUSA does not want to do is add a bunch of non-football schools just to bolster their numbers, and that’s smart IMO. Adding too many non-football schools in a football league just makes things complicated and stunts a leagues potential to grow. I like the moves the WAC has been making, but one reality that complicates things is they have 5 non-football schools. Just getting to a standard 10 school football league means they’ll have this bloated 15 school league for most other sports. If UTRGV actually starts up a football program that’ll be a good thing, but they’d still have 4 non-football members. The SBC only has two non-football members, and now they seem to think even that is two too many. 

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Maybe NDSU should have followed the Liberty route and played as a FBS indy for a few years to show what they could do. That would have helped overcome any reservations a FBS conference might have about things like location.

The "we only want the MWC or Big 12" campaigning was a bad tactical move.

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16 minutes ago, Rofl_copter_dos said:

Really happy for the Raggies.  They might be a punching bag but watching that bowl win in 2017 was super cool.    They packed that stadium. 

Yes they did, unlike USU who is the worst traveling fan base in the conference minus SJSU. They should be a lot better than they are but they don’t travel far beyond the state of Utah. NMSU fans outnumbered the USU fans that game 10-1.

Attended the game at Allegiant a few weeks ago and their turnout was underwhelming, to say the least. Eastern Wash definitely brought more fans than they did.

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