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North Alabama looking for a conference

yawnAvailable – “After being left at the altar by the Ohio Valley Conference on Wednesday, officials at the University of North Alabama are seeking an alternate plan in the school’s attempt to move from NCAA Division II to Division I. The two closest Football Championship Subdivision conferences are the Southland and Southern conferences. UNA’s plans were to have everything in place by the spring to proceed with the move and inform the Gulf South Conference of its departure.”

10 Comments

  1. The Gentleman Masher

    November 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    If OVC doesn't want them…they're a Southland conference type team if I've ever seen one. Lower tier school in an overall lower tier academic University state.

  2. Keith

    November 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Maybe, but a football powerhouse. They are an elite DII team, much like APP is at IAA. I don't know enough to say about them joining the SoCon, but the league should look at what they have to offer.

  3. BIG DAVE

    November 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Errrrrr….. NO!

  4. sideline

    November 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    They have 8 conference championships and 3 nat Champs. Probably better than 3 of our teams and as good as 2 more.

  5. Ry_ATO

    November 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    They have a team full of BCS transfers. A lot of guys who were recruited to play in the SEC and ACC. Bowden recruits them and they are kinda like Kentucky's one and dones. They usually have academic issues. But they make for a talented team. Terry Bowden is a good coach.

  6. socon

    November 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    terry bowden is an ankle biter

  7. ASUMaverick

    November 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Geographically speaking, UNA would be a good fit, located right there between Samford and UTC..and Samford might enjoy not being way out west by itself.

    After Big East harvests a few C-USA teams, there might be a lot of FCS vacancies anyways…

  8. carbine

    November 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Dream on, dream on. NO FBS conference wants to invite ANY FCS team to join. And why would they?

  9. Keith

    November 20, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Wanting to and needing to in order to survive are two different things. CUSA will go from 12 teams to 9 after this season. Nine may be fine…until the Big 12 decides to go to 12 teams and adds Louisville or the ACC goes to 16 and adds UCONN and Rutgers, or the SEC wants to go to 16. In those cases the conference that ends up getting smaller in the end is CUSA.

    I agree nine is sustainable, especially with the MWC agreement. However, if and when more movement happens, I don't think a six or seven league team is sustainable. It is only a matter of time until they have to look to add schools from the SunBelt. If you look at attendance figures over the past five years (and IMO ability to compete) they have to look to the SunBelt and ASU.

    Time will tell.

  10. carbine

    November 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    It appears the the FBS conferences in question are much more interested in consolidation with other FBS conferences than recruiting in what one frequent poster here refers to as the 'trailer park.' And who can blame them? They have a brand to protect.

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