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Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:15 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 184

Had a good Thursday:
The press conference on the Utah campus to announce a move from the Mountain West to the Pac-10 doubled as a celebration for the school's true BCS-busting moment. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott attended along with Rose Bowl representatives. They explained that Utah will become the Pac-10's 12th member in 2011, which will forever be known as the year the Utes went from hanging with the have-nots to being one of the haves.

Had a bad Thursday: What began as a promising day for Central Florida and Memphis turned into more frustration for their fans as the Big East officially denied an Orlando TV report that claimed it's "highly likely" UCF and Memphis will be invited to the Big East in the next two weeks. Does that mean expansion is over? No. Does that mean UCF and Memphis won't get invitations at some point? No. But fans of the C-USA schools have been waiting for their Utah-to-the-Pac-10 moment for some time, particularly Memphis fans, and Thursday was another day that good news didn't come.

Quote of the day: "When you compete for championships in the Pac-10, you compete for national championships." -- Utah athletic director Chris Hill, who has watched his Utes go undefeated twice in the past six seasons but never play for a national title because of their Mountain West affiliation.

Link of the day: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has been a loud critic of the BCS, and don't expect that to change just because the Utes are now a part of a BCS league. "Utah moving to the Pac-10 doesn't mean the BCS has suddenly become a fair and equitable system," Hatch said. Click this link to read Hatch's comments in the Salt Lake Tribune.

On tap: Thursday's announcement that Utah is moving to the Pac-10 should end all expansion developments for the near future unless the Big East makes a move on UCF and/or Memphis. In other words, enjoy your weekend.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

lol....ECU, you guys are garbage in football

A Memphis fan calling someone garbage in football??  Is that for real??  East Carolina OWNS Memphis as well as Central Florida is football.  I think its like 14-6 against Memphis and 8-1 against UCF.  If we're garbage, what does that make Memphis??

When's the last time you had 40,000 MEMPHIS fans at a game??  The answer is NEVER.  If you have a crowd like that its full of Tennessee, Miss State or Ole Miss fans.  


So Memphis should join the Big East in football.  They dont have any fans and are, at best a mediocre football program.  And thats going to generate TV revenue, how again??  While everyone in Memphis is watching the SEC on CBS, no one will be watching the Big East in Memphis...yeah that makes sense for the Big East, instead of a program like East Carolina that will put 45,000 in the stands, with alumni watching all over NC, VA and other parts of the country.  A program that helped deliver the largest audience ever on ESPN360 and was one of the most watched Bowls last year. 




Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2010 1:53 am
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

So this reporter writes some incorrect stuff, then writes "Bad Day for Knights and Tigers." What a douche. Rumors, nothing more than rumors. Its horrible journalism.



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2010 4:44 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

lol....ECU, you guys are garbage in football and should dimsantle your basketball team.  The BE peeps would have to be drunk to even think you guys look appealing.  Memphis = National exposure and $$$$$.  UCF brings another piece of the FLA market into play which is much larger more desirable than NC.  Sorry, but no way are you guys in the mix or even in rumors :(



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Big East would be smart to be proactive and expand...
Expansion would allow BE to remain viable and offset the inevitable Big 10+2 expansion of 1 or 2 teams from BE, Rutgers and maybe Syracuse...followed by ACC and maybe the SEC...
If maintaining AQ status is a priority, then ECU and Southern Miss should get a call...both have had good football programs for most of the last 20 years, and would boost BE's average ranking....
If TV is the driver, BE should try to get Houston and Memphis...adding #10 and #47 TV markets...Houston also has been good recently in football, and Memphis has a good recent bball history...
BE already has a lot of big TV markets, but how many of them actually care about College Football...

ACC's mistake w/expansion was looking purely at Boston's TV market...doesn't matter if Boston doesn't tune in to watch BC play...

SEC has best conference, but their TV markets are relatively small, compared w/other conferences...




Top priority should be about maintaining or improving AQ status...

I would offer BE membership to Houston and Memphis for all sports, and football-only membership to East Carolina and Southern Miss...

This likely improves BE's overall football average rank (approx #50), puts Big East basketball on TVs in Houston, and adds another marquee basketball team to the conference (Memphis). 




Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

I couldn't agree more.  The games WVU and ECU play are always competitive and as you mentioed, ECU has a great fan base.  Love the rivalry we have and don't see any negitives in having teams like ECU join the Big East.  If anything, the BE needs to get more agressive in setting up the best in conference matchups possible to secure a viable TV contract.  Otherwise, the conference will be gutted again for sure.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2010 12:44 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

I agree with you completely that ECU would be the smart choice when it comes to football but the only reason to bring ECU into the mix with basketball would be for Georgetown and others to have a whipping boy. Now I know that if ECU entered the Big East their recruiting and overall ranking would improve in years to come.  ECU would bring the NC market with Raleigh, Charlotte and the Triad.  ECU has alumni all across the state.  If football really is the driving force (I believe it is) then ECU is the smartest choice.  Memphis would be the 2nd best because of basketball and the Memphis market.  Also didn't someone promise 10 million dollars to a BCS conference? hmm



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

I agree with you completely that ECU would be the smart choice when it comes to football but the only reason to bring ECU into the mix with basketball would be for Georgetown and others to have a whipping boy. Now I know that if ECU entered the Big East their recruiting and overall ranking would improve in years to come.  ECU would bring the NC market with Raleigh, Charlotte and the Triad.  ECU has alumni all across the state.  If football really is the driving force (I believe it is) then ECU is the smartest choice.  Memphis would be the 2nd best because of basketball and the Memphis market.  Also didn't someone promise 10 million dollars to a BCS conference? hmm



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Thanks Paul...your neverending (sarcastic) infinite wisdom is much apreciated.

BTW, Paul is a Kentucky football troll, he is obviously one of a kind. 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Let's face it, football is driving expansion.  With this said, ECU is the logical choice for the BE. Yeah, ECU football is awesome!!!!!  What conference wouldn't want to add them?????



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2010 8:02 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Memphis numbers are inflated...if you check that one game last year, instead of 4,000 and change, they list it at over 30,000.  People actually show up for ECU's games and all of the regular season games (not the champ game) were sellouts, which menas, theoretically, more people could have showed up but they couldnt be accomodated.  This year they can be and we expect to average over 45,000.

And I counted the current ESPN Top 150 and found 7 in the area I said to 1 in the area you said, thats a 7 to 1 ratio, I guess I was being generous in my argument


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