Would the MVC be a possible landing spot for Akron?
Would the MVC be a possible landing spot for Akron?
The MVFC does NOT need more teams in Ohio.
OVC? Then we would have one from Ohio.
They are the main reason UNI has to play NDSU, ISUr and SDSU all on the road in the same year and the reason the rotation is set up that UNI will amost never miss NDSU, SDSU, SIU or ISUr on our 2 year off rotation.
They are also the only team that doesn't share any other sports conference with any other team. ISUb bitches about the travel but the Dakotas but they at least share a conference with UNI, SIU, ISUr and MSU
Now, should Akron really want to consider this move (and I really....really doubt it) it should be explored.
I can't imagine it is a possibility with the new stadium they just opened a few years ago
This is a sobering reality that many G5 schools stick their heads in the sand to avoid seeing. That said it'll never happen, just another example of a university faculty and an athletic department arguing over who wastes more money.
It's why in the other thread it was brought up that Marshall would fight a move to combine some FCS with the G5.
The reality is if each G5 school really looked at things they would come to the same conclusion as Akron. However, 99% of them will continue to deny there is an issue and think they are better than us.
Given Akron just cut their baseball team, and many people in Akron, including Akron fans, are calling to drop to fcs, it may be more likely than sentiment here seems. Granted it is still unlikely.
Akron is hemorrhaging $8M a year just to remain in the FBS. It is unsustainable and I doubt it will be tolerated beyond one more season of a sparsely filled InfoCision stadium. They just cut baseball, and IMO the move is very likely after the 2-015 season.
If they did join the MVFC, it would make sense to add a western school (UND ?) to keep even numbers and then divide the MVFC into an Eastern and Western division.
My travel beef with the MVFC would be resolved with YSU in an Eastern division with the IL, IN, and OH schools.
I hope it happens.
I wonder if Ball State and E. Michigan's programs are hemorrhaging in a similar fashion as Akron. Those two programs are almost as bad and would theoretically fit in an "Eastern Division" of an expanded MVFC.
Only ISUr is any good with a chance of sustained success, and that's only as long as Spack is there and keeps taking fliers on FBS guys that were kicked off their old teams.
Meanwhile the west you'd have UNI, SDSU and NDSU along with WIU who is showing great signs of life and then MSU and USD.
That seems balanced...
Makes you wonder how many other schools are potentially looking at going from FBS to FCS when their athletic department is losing that much money.
Clenz, could you tell me how long YSU has had a history with UNI? Anyway, back to Akron, i personally would like to see them drop to the fcs. Even if not in the MVFC, because as a YSU fan, I'd rather see us play them out of conference than Robert Morris, or morehead state.
After all, YSU akron had a rivalry back in the day, the steel-tire. It's like reviving a rivalry game for YSU.
Here are some interesting things I noted from the article.
The university had the dubious distinction last year of reporting the worst FBS home attendance in the nation, drawing a total of 55,019 fans for six games. (That is 9169.8 people per game) The lack of support has led many UA employees and students to question the logic of spending $65 million to build InfoCision Stadium on campus. The facility opened in 2009.
Despite the attractive venue, fans haven’t had many reasons to go to games. The team hasn’t finished with a winning record since 2005 and has recorded only seven winning seasons since joining college’s top division in 1987.
UA President Scott Scarborough has defended the football program, noting its marketing value to the school.
“The university benefits most when football, basketball and soccer are strong programs with great game-day experiences and winning records — both on the field and in the classroom,” he has said.
With the underlined comments above it makes you wonder how GREAT the UA students are to make up for the on field product. It would appear as though the president doesnt know that they average 9000 per game and they have stunk the last few years.
9k in a 27,000 seat stadium has got to feel EMPTY.
Since 1978 they'd played 29 times.
UNI has won 21 of them
12 of the last 13
14 of the 17 games in conference action
15 of the last 18
19 of the last 23
Since UNI moved D1 they are 20-5 against YSU
Have they played a lot?
The only real history is one of UNI domination.
No wonder YSU doesn't want to play UNI
If you brought that up because I said a history with WIU...
UNI has played WIU 43 times (30-13 against them). Played every year since 1978
UNI is 25-8 against WIU since UNI moved D1
Are there even any fcs conferences with two divisions?
21K but they probably actually average 5 or 6k....they are the worst in the MVFC at reporting attendance. A couple years ago UNI played there for their homecoming. They said 20K, or so, but people that were there and pictures show there was as many UNI fans as YSU fans...and there was maybe 4k there....maybe
I was just asking. Its similar results in the history to them playing WIU. And UNI having YSUs number recently is well known to YSU fans. I personally would like to see YSU continue playing UNI frequently. But i really just asked since you brought up WIU.
I would be surprised if YSU didnt want to play UNI anymore. Granted, the series has been bad for them, but most ysu fans enjoy the "rivalry" and attendance is higher against UNI (i used quotes because I'm recognizing if they have been uncompetitive and mostly losing the series its not a rivalry).
Clenz, if you mean the game ysu beat UNI at home a few years ago, YSU did have higher attendance than UNI cadre there. I admit i was suprised to see such a UNI turnout there but i believe ysu had total attendance of about 20k that game. After all, 4k in attendance were UNI fans.