CCSU vs. RMU - Fall 2020

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CCSU vs. RMU - Fall 2020

Post by J.J. » Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:31 pm

With RMU's expected withdraw from the Northeast Conference effective for the 2020-21 season, here are the impacted conference games previously scheduled between CCSU and RMU for Fall 2020:

Volleyball - Sep. 26 (at New Britain)
Men's Soccer - Oct. 9 (at Moon Township) + [Oct. 11 at SFU]
Women's Soccer - Oct. 18 (at Moon Township) + [Oct. 16 at SFU]
Football - Nov. 14 (at Moon Township)

The volleyball team can and should be willing to host the Colonials in a non-conference game as previously scheduled, if RMU is available and willing.

Both soccer teams will likely keep the game on the schedule as non-conference match ups if RMU agrees, because both squads have to bus out to Western PA to play at Saint Francis on those weekends anyway.

However, CCSU should require RMU to pay CCSU a $70k guarantee or bus to New Britain if they want to keep the football game on the schedule as planned. Otherwise, I suggest we drop the meaningless non-conference game and long bus ride and seek other options. With the uncertainly of COVID this fall and to save some much needed $$$, we could 1) try to schedule another FBS or FCS guarantee game, or 2) just drop the game. We don't need the expense and headache of an overnight trip to Moon Township in November for a game that will have no impact on our playoff prospects. Sure, it is one less football game this season (or 2 less if we can't replace Valpo), but this is a unique time and this would help our student athletes well-being and the athletic department's bottom line.

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Re: CCSU vs. RMU - Fall 2020

Post by J.J. » Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:02 pm

As I predicted, RMU is going to have to do some work (pay up or agree to 2 future games at Arute) if they want CCSU to bus out there this fall for a non-conference football game. [-X
Instead, it appears more likely that they will play as an independent while retaining most of their pre-existing schedule, though some changes should be expected.

The home conference games are the most likely ones to cause sticking points with RMU playing as an independent.
https://pittsburghsportsnow.com/2020/06 ... uncertain/

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Re: CCSU vs. RMU - Fall 2020

Post by J.J. » Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:08 pm

Of course CCSU can also reach out to NJIT, as I'm sure they will be looking for some last minute games for volleyball, men's and women's soccer.

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