If we end up with more small Carolina schools...I say head for the OVC, but instead of taking Samford with us, I'd make sure ETSU was headed our way too. That would put every public FCS football school in the state of Tennessee in the same conference.
As for Pat and Geno...Pat was the best of old school, Geno is the best of the new school. You can argue which is better, but I will say this, they are definitely the top 2 and no other coach is anywhere close on the women's side. The bench for UConn could probably make the Elite 8.
I think the SoCon can "have it all" in regards to football and basketball, if it is approached properly.
The CAA (or the former CAA before defections) was a great example. They have had numerous at-large selections to the Big Dance AND they have gotten 4 teams in the FCS playoffs (things that the SoCon has never done).
But it shows you can have a great emphasis on basketball league (no one would argue that CAA basketball isn't the front porch of their conference) and still be very strong in FCS football.
Of course, the football first mentality of ASU and GSU is exactly why they outgrew FCS football and the SoCon. 20-25K fan interest is the top end of FCS and they have both been bumping their heads on the ceiling for years. They only way to go further is to go up.
It has always been interesting to listen to the fans around the SoCon. ASU and GSU fans complain that all the conference cared about was basketball while CofC fans always complained that the conference only cared about football. I guess it is about bias and perspective.
Anywhoo...I am sad to see ASU, GSU (and CofC) leave, but in all honesty, it just made Chattanooga's chance of winning SoCon title and going to the post-season a little bit easier. The SoCon has survived teams leaving for 70 years, they will survive this too.
Or, the Mocs could just head over to the OVC (but only if ETSU goes with us).
Riverman, they did draw over 2,000 fans a game...actually they drew over 2,500 a game this season.
Which, by the way, is better than half the teams in the SEC. Better than Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss. They also drew better than half of the ACC, just behind North Carolina (2,560)
Point of information. The SoCon conference RPI is 27th for the men, the women are 21st. That is still technically considered a "low major" by many, but it is not nearly as bad as the men's side. However, your argument is still valid either way and it is appreciated.
This has been a less than stellar year as conference for the men and women RPI wise. The women's 5 year average before this season was 16.6 (last year it was the 14th best conference).
While Weeds cherry picked some comments from people that rarely or have never posted before, most of the long term posters/supporters of Mocfans.com, while frustrated by the loss, are a little more forgiving and optimistic. We're not quite on suicide watch yet.
What it really comes down to is that some of the fans saw the miracle that Russ and company performed to get over .500 the last two seasons with the leftovers from Rodney Allison's program and started believing too much of their own hype that the Mocs would be a SoCon championship team this year.
Other were cautious and agreed with Frierson's take on the situation. He knew this might be a struggle this year as the team is comprised mostly of underclassmen.
This process is going to take more than 2 1/2 seasons (the only reason they have gotten as far "ahead" as they have is because of BJ Coleman coming home...without him, they would have been lucky to win a handful of games the last two years).
I am certainly not going to give up after one bad home loss. I guess people quickly forget just how far the Mocs have come in a relatively short amount of time.
Have we already forgotten how gawd awful the Mocs were just 3 seasons ago when they won one game (against mighty Cumberland) and their defense surrendered 455 points in in a 10 loss season.
Or maybe they forgot the year before that when the Mocs lost on their home field to Carson-Newman (an NAIA team with only 36 scholarships to give). The Mocs were so bad then, fans were actually worried about playing C-N and most people weren't terribly surprised when the Mocs lost.
I support Russ and the boys...enough so to put my name behind it...
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