C-USA’s Board of Directors met for their annual meeting yesterday. They didn’t give out any new invitations, but unlike the Sun-Belt, they didn’t close the door either. To be exact, they SAID:
Continue to Explore Future Membership Growth
The conference announced in May that it had entered into membership agreements with six institutions to join eight current members, beginning with the 2013‐14 season. The Board agreed to continue its review of further expansion opportunities.
That sounds a lot like “We want to add a few schools, but we’re not in a rush.” The likely number they would add is 2 to go to 16 for football. ECU’s AD is on RECORD as saying:
I’d like to see 18 (teams) ultimately, but at least 16, so we can have, you know, 7 games in conference and maybe 2 crossovers and the rest non-conference games. But 16 or 18 is my goal.
C-USA also announced they support a playoff system. To which I responded, “No shit.”
Their next scheduled meeting is on October 22. That’s a long time from now, and unless something crazy happens (I’m looking at you FSU) we won’t hear anything until then, one way or the other.
To those of you who say “C-USA already has ECU and UNCC, why would they pick another NC school?” I would respond “They probably won’t (even though they should).” But if they expand, they’ll probably take MTSU and maybe FAU. That puts us at, or near, the top of the list for a Sun Belt invite.
Also, don’t forget the WAC is meeting in Denver today and tomorrow to discuss the fate of its conference. There’s been some speculation of an east coast football division. I don’t see it happening personally. I think they’ll try to get some good “other sports” schools from the west coast and NMSU & Idaho will go Independent in football for a year or two.