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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.

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Comments

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

ouch 4000 people thats like me gettin kent st season yes season tickets for 30 bucks lol



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Big East completing Due Diligence

With former Commissioner Tags driving the bus and ESPN on board, the Big East is busy evaluating the creation of the Big East Network and what markets would be tapped, old and new, to create more revenue. 

Big East football will expand, but how is still a question.  They want at least one team because it adds to the number of games to choose from.

This due diligence is scaring the crap out of Memphis and UCF, because they both know that East Carolina has a better program, better AD, better facilities, in a bigger new market (that includes Raleigh and the Tidewater area of VA), and a much better fan base then both.  East Carolina has been building its market for years.  UCF is a collection of 11 campuses, with no market share in its large market.  In fact the Big East already exists in the Central Florida market with USF.  Memphis cant hide the fact that 4,000 people showed up to a game last year against East Carolina, when East Carolina had over 40,000 at a game the year prior against Memphis.  ECU won both of those games and is 8-1 against UCF.   

Additionally, ECU would not hurt the conferences AQ standing because of the two conference championships the last two years, UCF would worsen it some and adding Memphis may cause it to lose its AQ altogether.  They have been awful during this evaluation period.  

So once the models are all done, it will point in only one direction, toward NC, but we will probably continue to see TV stations in Orlando trying to create undue publicity for that program and FedEx chairman's trying to bribe their way in in Memphis, while ECU continues to build its program, improve its facilities, expand its market and win more games then the others.



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

the big east needs more fb members and especially to protect themselves from being dismantled when the big boys decide its time to start taking again.  cuz if col fb was prison, everyones lookin at the big east as the easiest target to "take" from. the big east needs to get sum tats and join a gang add ucf,ecu,mem,bring back temple they arent an embarassment anymore) ya it might not be the baddest gang, but the is stength in #s for the most part



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

I hate to tell you pal, the Big East is a second class conference.  Basketball is excellent, but their football is weak.  Why they have a BCS affiliation after Miami and V Tech left is a mystery.  Rutgers, UConn, Syracuse?  Do I need to go on?
At least Memphis adds another excellent basketball program (rated to 15 next year) and a possible Fedex sponsorship.  I see both Memphis and ECU becoming much better when they could sell themselves as a BCS conference member. I see some similarities with Cinci...



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:54 am
 

ECU to BE

Let's face it, football is driving expansion.  With this said, ECU is the logical choice for the BE.  ECU has sold out season tickets for a long time, even when John Thompson was the coach they sold 2/3 of the tickets and only won 3 games in two years.  This fan base has sold out the season tickets for this year with the addition of 7000 seats in the end zone.  The stadium now has 50,000 seats that will be full of rabid fans that have tailgated for 6 hours prior to coming in the stadium.  Who else has that kind of fans and enthusiasm?  The SEC.  ECU is in Greenville NC, a town of close to 100,000, but most of the alumni are in areas like Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Richmond, DC, etc...  That is their true value to TV markets, not just Eastern NC.  They are a major player in TV through NC, northern SC, and southern VA.  That's a huge market that the BE could have that they currently do not.  They bring championship caliber teams to the conference, and this is what the conference needs.  They do not need anymore mediocre teams that willl lessen their already flailing football vision.  ECU is the best choice, no doubt about it!



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:31 am
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

Why would the Big east add UCF or Memphis? Its not like either school is a market or program that any other major conference would consider. If they want either of these two, they could be had at any time. Taking them in now just signals that they expect to be a second class conference. Although the basketball program was great over the last few years, they have little to offer in football which is where the conference needs are.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:20 am
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

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



So, when are you media guys and gals going to release the hostages and let the hostages go home?




Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:15 am
 

Expand-O-Meter, Thursday June 17

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. I don't think most Memphis fans are holding their breath because of anonymous sources in sportswriters' blogs. If these sources were correct, we'd be having a PAC-16 now...


jamammy
Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:21 pm
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