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Will Regional conferences make a comeback

Posted: 10/31/2012 12:18 PM

Will Regional conferences make a comeback 


The seven schools in Texas not in BCS conferences along with the four in Florida could be a pretty good conference.Since so many conferences want a piece of Texas and Florida.Maybe once non big five schools see they have no shot at a title something like this could happen.
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Posted: 10/31/2012 1:43 PM

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I sure hope regional conferences make a comeback someday.  The shuffling that has continued (WV in the B12, BSU in the BE, Mizzu in the SEC) is ridiculous.

College Football has just turned into a money game.  Which is why I originally stopped liking the NFL, but still loved College football.  Now, I hate both.  Except a few western teams. Including Idaho, Montana, MSU, USU, etc.

Without a regional conference, UI won't be able to sustain being FBS.  It would be really cool if some regional BSC schools would move up.  But, we've belabored that point already. cool

"The challenges are great, but so are the opportunities."
- UI President Chuck Staben

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Posted: 10/31/2012 2:36 PM

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Probably but not until the TV networks dictate it.
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Posted: 10/31/2012 6:02 PM

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All the lesser conferences want the Texas and Florida TV sets except the MAC.They could cut everybody else out and form a new conference maybe cherry pick a couple of the best schools left.The MWC does not want Florida schools but they do want Texas schools.
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Posted: 11/06/2012 5:55 PM

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I'm with VandyBen, I'm losing a lot of interest. BSU fans can tell me their rivalry doesn't matter, but it does or they wouldn't obsess about UI so much. Let's put it this way: Would UI sell out their stadium down here or be 3K short like SDSU? Does Central Florida get the blood boiling for BSU, or does UI?

I don't like all these rivalries going away, Texas A & M is in the SEC, really? San Diego and Boise are now on the east coast? Ask people in those cities if they love the east coast and if they do, why don't they move there? No one in either city embraces anything east coast. Give me a break.

I'm tired of TV dictating everything and telling me regional rivalries don't matter. They do. Of course this starts with college presidents, who are amazingly greedy.
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Posted: 11/06/2012 10:34 PM

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The loss of the A&M/UT rivalry and especially the Missouri/Kansas one is beyond comprehension.  The MU/KU rivalry is probably unique in college sports, with actual bloodshed in its origins.  Unbelievable.




  

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Posted: 11/08/2012 11:10 AM

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Attendance for BSU/SDSU was over 36,000 - less than 1,000 short of a sellout.  Average attendance is up 2,500 over last year.  Not sure the facts support your point.
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Posted: 11/08/2012 3:05 PM

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I think the real point he was making is that if it was a UI/BSU game, there would be no question about a sellout.  There wouldn't be enough tickets for everyone who wants to buy one.  That's what rivalries create. 

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Posted: 11/09/2012 5:04 AM

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ftv4ever wrote: Attendance for BSU/SDSU was over 36,000 - less than 1,000 short of a sellout.  Average attendance is up 2,500 over last year.  Not sure the facts support your point.
Last year you guys claimed that you were selling out every game.  How can you go up from that?  Donkey math doesn't compute.


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Posted: 11/09/2012 8:49 AM

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They did add more seats this past season.
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Posted: 11/09/2012 5:34 PM

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every donkey knows that 2+2 = 5   eek1
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Posted: 11/11/2012 9:29 PM

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In two years, when the top 70 (give or take) BCS schools break away and form their new tier with a playoff system, regional conferences will come back for the rest of us.

The big money chase will be over for 50 or 60 smaller schools, and they will then go back to regional affiliations to save travel money and rekindle those rivalries.

Probably see 1-AA teams move up as well, so we'll have maybe 70 BCS schools with a playoff system and 70 teams left with the bowls.
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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:59 PM

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You may well be right.  But what this means is that the term FBS will no longer have the same meaning.  The top 70 will take on that mantle and the next tier will likely have  a playoff and essentialyu be what 1-AA has been.  All this concern and effort about maintaining FBS will prove fruitless. 
808Vandal wrote: In two years, when the top 70 (give or take) BCS schools break away and form their new tier with a playoff system, regional conferences will come back for the rest of us.

The big money chase will be over for 50 or 60 smaller schools, and they will then go back to regional affiliations to save travel money and rekindle those rivalries.

Probably see 1-AA teams move up as well, so we'll have maybe 70 BCS schools with a playoff system and 70 teams left with the bowls.
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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:01 AM

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It's not fruitless to work to improve our program so we can move up in the world. I'm tired of getting left behind and bypassed by many schools. It seems like that if we aren't getting passed up, we're losing ground. Everything will get much worse if our football program falls back into the Big Sky.

The solution for Idaho is change things up by committing to what is now called FBS level football and finally putting forth a real facilities plan for athletics. We can't keep playing FBS level football in a 15,000 seat Dome and we can't keep playing regular season basketball games in aging 1,500 seat Memorial Gym and expect to find much success.

We have to stop thinking like maybe the NCAA will change the structure and save us or maybe the Mountain West Conference will lose more teams and rescue us....as we strive to not do a damn thing! The face of Idaho athletics needs to change and the only way to do that is to change the look of our game-day facilities. People just can't see Idaho having a bigtime athletic program when they see the Kibbie Dome and Memorial Gym and their opinions and level of support are influenced by this fact.

The status quo for Idaho athletics isn't working and we need leadership at the top to move us forward, not backwards! It is well past the time for action!
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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:35 AM

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It is in no way fruitless.  The struggle is to be with those teams that would push the UI to be it's best, not to just limp along and end up with the S Utah's and N Colo of the world.  The second tier in this scenario would include the MAC, MWC, SBC, etc and is where the UI belongs.  If you think that is the same as the swac, mvc, bsc etc then you have the right to your incorrect opinion.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 7:46 PM

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808Vandal wrote: In two years, when the top 70 (give or take) BCS schools break away and form their new tier with a playoff system, regional conferences will come back for the rest of us.

The big money chase will be over for 50 or 60 smaller schools, and they will then go back to regional affiliations to save travel money and rekindle those rivalries.

Probably see 1-AA teams move up as well, so we'll have maybe 70 BCS schools with a playoff system and 70 teams left with the bowls.
Great.  Then we'll have

1 - FPS = Football Playoff Subdivision
2 - FBS = Football Bowl Subdivision
3 - FCS = Football Championship Subdivision

Then try to explain the difference between #1 and #3




  

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