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South Carolina Upstate
is moving from the Atlantic Sun to the Big South for the 2018-19 season. The Spartans do not play football.
http://www.goupstate.com/news/20171115/ ... conference
USC Upstate has been in the Atlantic Sun since 2007, when it made the move from NCAA Division II to Division I. Travel in the league, which has seven teams, has been not only expensive for the university but also keeps students out of the classrooms. Teams are spread out from Florida (four teams) to New Jersey. The closest trips are nearly 200 miles to Kennesaw, Ga., and 350 miles to Nashville, Tenn.
“We have one opponent less than 300 miles away in the Atlantic Sun. There is only one opponent more than 300 miles away in the Big South,” Kelly said. “Our faculty athletics representative, Jim Griffis, has determined that we will put students back in to 1,200 classes as a result of this move. We’re putting students in position to be successful. They are our greatest ambassadors and then we take them out of classes. That’s not the outline of success that we should be looking for. This changes the dynamic dramatically.”
The Big South has three other schools in South Carolina (Presbyterian in Clinton, Winthrop in Rock Hill and Charleston Southern); four in North Carolina (Gardner-Webb just 30 miles away in Boiling Springs, Campbell, High Point and UNC Asheville); as well as three in Virginia (Liberty, Longwood and Radford).
“We’re excited that there are so many South Carolina and North Carolina schools, which creates some wonderful, natural rivalries,” Kelly said. “The conference is just the perfect fit for where we are trying to go as a university and the type of atmosphere we are trying to create for the students.”
, one of the Historically Black College and Universities, man announce tomorrow that they leave the MEAC for the Big South as well.
https://hbcugameday.com/2017/11/15/hamp ... onference/
Rumors have been swirling that Hampton is ready to bolt the MEAC and move to another conference, most likely the Big South. Hampton officials would not confirm or deny reports but they did confirm a press conference set for 11 AM on Thursday.
Hampton joined the MEAC in 1995 after moving up to Division I and leaving the CIAA, which it helped start in 1912. The MEAC currently includes 13 HBCUs from Delaware to Florida but will lose Savannah State in 2019 as it returns to Division II. Only 11 of the current schools play football (Maryland-Eastern Shore and Coppin do not). The school reportedly flirted with jumping to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2012, but didn’t jump ship.
The Big South currently has 10 members from Virginia to South Carolina. It announced on Wednesday that it will be adding USC-Upstate, which does not play football. Hampton would give the conference 12 full members, and the addition of North Alabama as a football member would give the conference eight football programs.
If the move takes place, Hampton would join Tennessee State as the only HBCUs in Division I not in the MEAC or SWAC. Losing Hampton would put the MEAC membership at 11 once both it and SSU leaves, and just nine football playing schools.
I hope this opens up the opportunity for the Northeast Conference to invite Delaware State fr
om the MEAC. By no means are the Hornets an outstanding program, but they do have enough (especially football) to be of value to the NEC. For CCSU fans, I think it is much better than the idea of bringing in another D-II program like Bentley or Merrimack from the NE-10.
I also wouldn't mind the league re-evaluating if we should allow Monmouth
associate membership in football. Adding these 2 schools would get the football league to 9 members, allowing a 8-game conference schedule. That would ease our non-conference scheduling issues.