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Question about conference alignment...

Discussion in 'The Deuce' started by OMlawdog, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. OMlawdog

    OMlawdog Going full Cheeze

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    With everyone looking for their next gig and several hoping for Big Ten jobs, or one of the few remaining Pac-10 jobs, Im kind of in a tough spot. I really like my team and don't want to leave, but I don't want to stay in the MAC and only have 2 or maybe no user games in my conference.

    I talked about this a great deal before we started and Im worried im going to be forced to leave my team despite the fact that I don't want to leave. In looking at the Big Ten though I think we could be creative and remove a team like Northwestern and replace it with Eastern Michigan, (Assuming everyone moves to the Big Ten) due to several factors:

    1) Geography - I don't think anyone can argue that Eastern Michigan is in Big 10 country.

    2) Recruiting rivalries - I would have no advantage having to go up against most of the same teams I do now for players.

    3) Keep the league strong - Moving to Eastern Michigan means that there are more tough CPU games for other big ten members as opposed to me moving to a school like Michigan and now all of a sudden that is one less tough CPU game, and I have a big upgrade in recruiting.

    I obviously will do whatever the league wants, but I don't see how it really upsets anything if a small school from Michigan joins the Big 10.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    .....
     
  3. Jmustang1968

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    you dont have to remove a team to add you. EMU can just be added to the conference.
     
  4. Bondzai

    Bondzai Your Mom's Best Friend

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    This is a tough one....obviously the location is there, the campus is like 10 miles from the University of Michigan.
     
  5. OMlawdog

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    Natural rival. Im not saying it wouldn't be a stretch, but there are several factors in Eastern Michigan's favor.

    Hey, if a fired coach from Akron can get the ASU OC job, adding Eastern Michigan to the Big Ten shouldn't be that big of a stretch.
     
  6. OMlawdog

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    Sweet, didn't know that.

    Now if everyone stays put, I of course don't want to leave, but Im just assuming everyone leaves either this year or next year.
     
  7. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    And your thoughts on Buffalo to the Big Ten were?
     
  8. Drifterbub

    Drifterbub Help me hide a body?

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    Hmmmm, will have to think about this one.
     
  9. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    You're just doing this to torture me aren't you
     
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  10. Drifterbub

    Drifterbub Help me hide a body?

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    No, why? He makes some really good points. Don't really have a complete argument yet.
     
  11. Emmdotfrisk

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    I don't know about this, I mean I like you lawdog and he has got them up to a b school but it's hard for me to say yes to this.
     
  12. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    Everything that was said about Buffalo, aside from the region argument, applies to EMU. I still maintain that regionally Buffalo still makes sense on some level as well - its not like its in California or something.
     
  13. Timpegoose

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    Yeah, I could definitely see the fit, but I think you would need a couple of more good seasons with EMU. Maybe finish in the top 25 next year with a MAC championship?
     
  14. OMlawdog

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    Since you want to leave Buffalo, I figured you really wouldn't care. Im sure we can work something out.
     
  15. Bondzai

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    Eastern Michigan has been pulling in some :5stars: recruits as well so the national exposure is there.
     
  16. OMlawdog

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    Fair point. I am going to my second MAC championship in four years, so I got that going for me.
     
  17. Bondzai

    Bondzai Your Mom's Best Friend

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    What pipelines do you have?
     
  18. OMlawdog

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    Totally forgot about that. McDowell and Gonzales should both be 90+ players next year, that is certainly Big 10 level.
     
  19. OMlawdog

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    Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Im about to lose Georgia.
     
  20. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    I only want to leave Buffalo because I was crucified for trying to move them to the Big 10.
     
  21. Bondzai

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    Strong pipelines, another plus.
     
  22. Keller

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    Buffalo is going to their 4th MAC championship in 4 years.
     
  23. Keller

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    No stronger than Buffalo's.
     
  24. OMlawdog

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    I tried to stay out of that thread because I was worried it might come back to bite me.

    I agree that Buffalo makes more sense than Rice or UCF, but its more of an ACC school or Big East school, geographically. I want to stay at Eastern Michigan, the last few weeks you have made it clear you want out of Buffalo.
     
  25. Bondzai

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    I see Buffalo as a Big East team though.

    I would love to keep my UCF team and take them to another conference with me but I see them being a Big East or ACC team so I know that eventually I will have to move to another school.
     

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