Appalachian State- Yosef's
Chattanooga- Mocs Mania- JohnMoc
College of Charleston- King Kresse CougarSurf11
Davidson- Davidson Cats Message Board David Sink
Elon- Elon Pendulum Student Newspaper- Tyler Ash
Furman- The UFFP Message Board- SoConJohn
Georgia Southern- GSU Fans Message Board half-n-half
Samford- Samford Bulldogs Message Board AP
The Citadel- The Sports Arsenal- Sandlapper Spike
UNC-Greensboro- UNCG Basketball Fan DashSpartan
Western Carolina- Purple & Gold Jerry Love
Wofford- Terrier Fans Message Board
3) Elon 113
4) Samford 89
5) Appalachian State 84
6) Western Carolina 80
7) Georgia Southern 70
8) UNCG 51
9) Chattanooga 47
10) The Citadel 28
11) Furman 26
12) Wofford 12
GAME OF THE WEEK
If you had your pick, what would your strategy be for conference expansion?
Furman- I am for adding only teams that would benefit the Southern Conference on the gridirion side in the immediate...Each Division must have an even amount of teams, and with the College of Charleston leaving, I think the SoCon should add two teams to each division, which also benefit the SoCon as football-playing institutions. With the league having the potential of losing Georgia Southern and Appalachian State when the two leave, adding two replacements with football programs will allow the league to compensate later should they lose ASU and GSU. Then one basketball-only program should be added when ASU and GSU leave, making it even in both divisions. Twelve teams for basketball seems like the right number to me.
Georgia Southern- As a Georgia Southern fan I have to answer this two different ways. One assuming that Georgia Southern is leaving the SoCon and the other assuming that Georgia Southern is staying. Assuming that Georgia Southern (and App St) does leave the SoCon then I like the three teams that the GSU AD floated around a couple weeks ago. Mercer, UNC-Wilmington, and Richmond would all make sense in a GSU and App less SoCon. They fit in with the schools like Davidson, Wofford, Furman, ect. I think at worst the SoCon would need to add 3 teams to replace the 3 that left. If GSU does stay in the SoCon then I would like to see Charleston replaced, but that would be it. GSU, App, and UTC are already outliers in the SoCon and it would only get worse if more small private schools are added.
Furman- ESPN3 is a good deal...The quality of the broadcast is better, and having it on TV only diminishes the product in my mind...The reason being is though it is nice to have on TV, the overall quality of a CSS or a Fox Sports South broadcast makes the SoCon look like amateurish.
Georgia Southern- If the SoCon has a chance to get a TV deal then I think it's a no brainer. One of the reasons GSU fans are excited about the potential move up is increased ability to watch GSU sporting events. Right now there aren't many SoCon games on TV and it's been decreasing the past few years.
Chattanooga- I think the SoCon should stay at 18 games if they had the opportunity. Since they are moving to 16 games, though, I think that the SoCon should make sure make sure that if a team plays one team one year only once, they should play that team twice the next year.
Georgia Southern- I like the 16 game conference schedule. The only way for the SoCon to improve it's conference rating is to win OOC games. Having a couple extra every year is needed I think. As for next year I'd have each team play six teams twice and four teams once. It's not the way you'd like to have a conference schedule, but with only 11 teams it's probably the way it needs to be done.
The Citadel- A 16-game schedule is good in that it gives teams more room to operate in terms of making their OOC schedules. I also hope it means an end to December conference games.The "six and four" plan is fine (it is close to what we do now with divisions). I suspect fans of some teams will be worried that other schools will load up on patsies and negatively impact measures like RPI. That's where Dave Odom should be involved (as part of his role with the SoCon), to make sure each school has a schedule that works for its needs but doesn't hurt the conference as a whole. I also hope the league helps schools with invitations to more exempt tournaments.
Georgia Southern- I think it's going to be close, but at the end of the week the North will walk away with a 7-5 record because of Samford winning the last game of the week on Saturday night.