Thursday, June 28, 2012

July 4th Deadline for 3 SoCon Schools

According to the Charleston Post & Courier, the Southern Conference has given College of Charleston, Davidson and App State until July 4th to make their intentions known about leaving and joining the CAA. It's been reported by the Burlington Times-News that those three schools are the only ones that have been formally contacted. However, there were rumors last week that Elon and Furman had also been approached.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Conference Changing Some Things

From the SoCon spring meetings wrapped up last week in Asheville. There were a few changes announced that related to basketball. The full article can be found here. The main points are ...

- Moved back to 16 game schedule starting in 2013-2014. It was 18 games before.

- Tournament byes now go to the 2 division winners and then the next 2 teams with the best conference record. This change will take place in 2013.

- The league will create a position known as Men's Basketball Coordinator.

This individual, reporting to the Commissioner, will address issues designed to improve the league's performance in areas such as non-conference scheduling, participation in exempt events, and marketing opportunities and general promotion of the league's basketball tournament.
All of these rules will henceforth be known as "The Davidson-Charleston Concessions" as that they were all designed to keep these two schools from leaving and going to the CAA.

Not sure if it'll work, though.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

App Still Looking at C-USA

App State is still wanting to get an invite to Conference USA. The question is will they get one. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, C-USA is still looking to expand.

The conference currently has 14 members, including recent additions UNC Charlotte and Old Dominion, both of which will begin playing football in C-USA in 2015.

Appalachian, which is among a few Football Bowl Championship members still seeking an invitation to an FBS league, still has significant interest in possibly joining C-USA — a move that would offer a connection to traditional rivals East Carolina and Marshall.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Differnet Revenue Sharing Model?

Article from today's Charlotte Observer. There's not much new here except for a very interesting Bob McKillop quote.

The Southern Conference shares revenue (it reportedly received $2.2 million from the NCAA’s basketball payout), and McKillop wonders if a change in policy might help the league.

“Now, everyone gets an equal share,” McKillop said. “Will it become more capitalistic by rewarding those who had more success? That would inspire campuses to dedicate more to basketball because more would be at stake.