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    The Future of the Big South

    I have a few questions about the Big South as a football conference. As a basketball conference, the league is doing just fine with the team it has, but I'm wondering what the long-term plan is for the Big South.

    Right now, the Big South has six teams and, if I'm not mistaken, another team to join in the next couple of years (North Alabama?). But they also will lose liberty to the FBS. I'm obviously not a close follower of the conference and I'm certain I'm missing some datapoints here.

    Another point of concern, I think, is that Monmouth is not in the South and not close to many of the members (new and old). Further, don't you need a minimal amount of teams in a conference to become playoff eligible?

    It's also not an option for the football conference to disolve and merge with the Socon. With the exception of Kennesaw and North Alabama(?), they don't really add much to the geographic footprint of the conference. I'd love to see the Socon grow to 12 teams and split into two divisions (like the CAA used to be), but that won't happen.

    So what are the options for the Big South?

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    Campbell will join next season as per the A-Sun/Big South agreement.

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    Campbell is going to be a nice addition to the Big South. Their football stadium, basketball arena, baseball stadium, and other athletic facilities are very very good. Interest in the football program is bringing good crowds, and their team is getting better. The future looks bright for the Camels, IMO. As a matter of fact, and this is just me, I think they would possibly even be a good addition for the SoCon sometimes in the future. Not saying it will ever happen, just saying that Campbell is trending upwards.

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    Like it's been said before.. Campbell is coming in next year and North Alabama is coming in the year after. Jacksonville has the option of coming in also. There's a couple other schools in the A-sun that have the same option if they ever started up a football program.

    As far as monmouth.. yeah them being in the big south doesn't exactly go with the geographical footprint but the trip up there is cool for the players..a lot of the guys haven't been that far north before so it's pretty cool for them to get up there. I think they will become more competitive in the near future also.

    Coastal and Liberty have been the "powerhouses" up until the past couple years so losing those programs hurt the conference but I think the new additions will be fine. Just going through a transition period so we'll see how it goes. I really think North Alabama will become a good team in fcs. I think the big south will be back to where it has been the previous 3-5 years in about 4-5 years.

    @youngterrior I 100% agree that a merger would be good.. two subconferences and the winner those two play in a conference championship game. But I don't see how that could be beneficial with the playoff system FCS has in place.

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    I'd like to see more consistency out of the three Carolina teams in the Big South before anyone throws around words like merger.

    That's not to say it can't or won't happen (would be great if it did!), but they all need to play better and maintain it.

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    The SoCon and the Big South will not merge b/c the SoCon does not need the Big South.

    That said, I could see Campbell getting a SoCon invite in the next 6-8 years. A nice fit.

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    I think Kennesaw would be a good fit too, but the problem with PC/GW/CSU is their location and consistency.

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    Re: The Future of the Big South

    If there's any shakeups happening in the SoCon please get our athletic department on the phone.

    PLEASE.




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    Quote Originally Posted by youngterrier View Post
    I think Kennesaw would be a good fit.
    Yes - this should play very well with the Leadership of The Citadel & Virginia Military Institute...

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