Possible AAC/CUSA/Sun Belt Merger


Everett Pulliam Jr

Active Member
Brett McMurphy @Brett_McMurphy
FBS independents Liberty & New Mexico State & FCS members Jacksonville State & Sam Houston State likely joining Conference USA as all-sports members, sources told
@ActionNetworkHQ. Addition of those 4 schools will help replenish C-USA after recent losses
 

Everett Pulliam Jr

Active Member
BREAKING: JMU has earned state approval from the Intercollegiate Athletics Review Commission to make move to the FBS and join the SunBelt.

The Sun Belt will make a $600,000 contribution to JMU during the transition. Indicates that once the transition is complete JMU could earn $2.5 million from media rights.
 

In_The_662

Deeeeep In The Delta.....
Isnt there a minimum stadium size for FBS?

It was 18,000 minimum attendance/stadium size at one point but it's very loosely enforced these days (attendance wise) especially with the Sun Belt and MAC playing Tuesday and Wednesday games (I still wanna see Valley finish renovating the stadium and fill in the north end zone so that we can hit that 18,000 mark in stadium size)
 

Olde Hornet

Well-Known Member
It was 18,000 minimum attendance/stadium size at one point but it's very loosely enforced these days (attendance wise) especially with the Sun Belt and MAC playing Tuesday and Wednesday games (I still wanna see Valley finish renovating the stadium and fill in the north end zone so that we can hit that 18,000 mark in stadium size)
Thanks, I thought I remembered minimum for stadiums and attendance average, but I was sure if the requirement was still around.
 

Storm96

Well-Known Member
It was 18,000 minimum attendance/stadium size at one point but it's very loosely enforced these days (attendance wise) especially with the Sun Belt and MAC playing Tuesday and Wednesday games (I still wanna see Valley finish renovating the stadium and fill in the north end zone so that we can hit that 18,000 mark in stadium size)

Right. They don't care about that anymore. The FCS #1 Sam Houston isn't even averaging 9k in that 14k seat stadium and they are in the discussion to move up
 

In_The_662

Deeeeep In The Delta.....
Thanks, I thought I remembered minimum for stadiums and attendance average, but I was sure if the requirement was still around.

I remember when FAU was trying to move up and Schnellenberger was on Cold Pizza trying to encourage people to come out so that they could hit that 18,000 mark. That was in the mid-2000s. Probably the last tme they really really enforced it because if you look at some of these Tuesday and Wednesday night games on ESPN, there arent even 5K in those stands yet they are all still FBS.
 

Everett Pulliam Jr

Active Member

actually Middle decided to stay
Western cannot go to the MAC alone
so rumor is that they are looking around for a partner
cuz they still want out of the CUSA.
 
Top