There are 2 minor conference realignment stories to report, so I combined them.
First off, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky spoke with the Charlotte Observer about UNC-Concord’s entry into the conference. But he was also asked about Appalachian State’s chances, to which he replied:
“Appalachian is a fine university that reached out to us when they began to explore the possibility of FBS membership. They have aspirations of moving up to a higher platform, and I’m not comfortable talking about the details of that dialogue or anything in the future.”
The AD’s will be meeting again in August to decide the division structure and probably talk school additions.
He was also asked about the fact that UNC-Concord hasn’t even played a down yet, to which he replied that it wasn’t a concern.
In an unrelated story, I personally applied to be Associate-Commissioner of C-USA. When asked what my qualifications were, I told him that I didn’t have any – but I DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express in Charlotte last night….I start Monday.
2nd story: UNCW’s Chancellor talked to Star News about the CAA’s timeframe for adding new schools such as Davidson, Charleston, Elon, Furman, Stony Brook, etc. He said:
“It’s a difficult question to answer, because the schools we want to talk to have time constraints, they’re in conferences already, they have exit strategies. We would like to see some things happen quickly – and definitely by next year.”
He might be referring to the rumored July 4th deadline that the SoCon Commish has set for schools thinking about leaving. Not sure why there is a deadline to leave the SoCon at all. Perhaps the other schools are trying to raise the exit fee. I can’t see App State or Georgia Southern wanting to raise them though, since we are trying to leave too. If you can think of a reason why, let me know in the comments.