Post by Black PantherU on Apr 6, 2010 21:41:04 GMT -6
I'll tell you this, valpofan: I'm a lot happier to have you on board than YSU.
Here's the text from my FB group's info for those of you without FB:
I love Youngstown State. It's a great school that does a fantastic job despite modest surroundings. Their football program is phenomenal. They have a dynamite track team, and their basketball coach, Jerry Slocum, has over 600 wins. Their Penguins mascot, and logo, are the best in the conference.
However, the decision to bring YSU into the Midwest Collegiate Conference, now Horizon League, was a mistake. They have not competed in the only revenue sport that the conference has, men's basketball, and many of their other teams have been a joke at the bottom of the standings. Here are some of their finishes this season:
So, this season, they have a whopping 2 points in the McCafferty race!
Youngstown State has some serious issues. Their basketball program constantly schedules crappy teams to inflate their bad record so Jerry Slocum can keep his job. The problem is, they only schedule low-majors and D-II schools to do so.
They can't recruit basketball players to that campus. How do you do it? The great night life of Youngstown, Ohio?
They fit the Horizon League geographically, but their trips in the NEC would be far shorter, as they're on the eastern side of Ohio.
They could compete in most NEC sports, and dominate in football if they so wished.
well i'm a bit late with this, but from what i understand, NEC football doesn't have as many scholarships as the other FCS schools (in fact, i just looked it up...they have 30, and will expand to 40 in 2011)...compare that to 63 offered by other schools, and i'd say it's a safe bet Youngstown isn't heading there anytime soon
reading message boards about the MoValley Football Conference, it sounds like YSU to the MAC is a lot more likely with the new conference shuffle
Post by Black PantherU on Jun 10, 2010 2:27:54 GMT -6
Good catch on the schollies. I had no idea.
I'm just...I can't believe what's happening right now. The creation of the Big 12, the conference realignment of 2003-05...they're small potatoes now.
We are witnessing, before our very eyes, the systematic dissection of a high-major conference. Not a mid-major or a low-major, mind you, but a bona fide, national champion producing high-major conference.
The Big 10 is going to get theirs, the Pac-10 is going to get theirs, and the rest of the conference is scrambling. ISU is looking at conference ass-whoopings at the hands of Northern Iowa in a few years. You can bet your ass that Jamie Pollard (ISU's AD) is doing everything he can to keep the status quo. And it won't work.
Here's the immediate future of the Big 12. The Big 12 will be played by chubby guy with white t-shirt:
I'd suggest that this isn't a horrible schedule, at least in terms of SOS for RPI purposes. The non-DIs don't count. They've got 5 games against teams in the top 130 RPI (Kent, Akron, NC State, Buffalo and Robert Morris) and 3 against 250+ RPI teams (Samford, Saint Francis and Toledo).
By comparison, the WSU schedule that Jimmy thinks should be the blueprint, also has two non-DI games and 4 games against 195+ RPI teams. The top end is slightly better, but if WSU ends up playing SIU instead of Purdue, they'll only play 4 teams that were top 130 RPI last year.