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    Alcorn St: Alcorn State 2014 Bravefest Set for April 12th

    04-03-2014 01:48 AM


    Alcorn State 2014 Bravefest Set for April 12

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    Alcorn St: Alcorn State Football 2014 Season Tickets on Sale Now

    04-07-2014 02:07 AM


    ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY 2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET PRICES

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    Alcorn St: Purple Defeats Gold in 2014 Spring Game, 21-16

    04-12-2014 04:03 PM


    LORMAN - It was a beautiful day on the "Reservation" as Head Coach Jay Hopson and his Alcorn State Braves

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    SE Louisiana: Former Lion Nathan Stanley Making Mark With AFL's San Jose SaberCats

    04-06-2014 09:33 AM


    HAMMOND – Former Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Nathan Stanley is currently thriving as a member of the Arena

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    SE Louisiana: Spring Game Highlights Super Lion Saturday

    04-11-2014 07:22 AM


    HAMMOND – The defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana football team will close out spring

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    SE Louisiana: Southeastern Closes Spring With Impressive Spring Game Performance

    04-12-2014 11:42 AM


    HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana offense racked up 443 total yards, while the Lion defense was credited with

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Quarterbacks Shine in Final Spring Scrimmage

    04-12-2014 03:00 PM


    THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football team wrapped up its spring practice with its annual Spring

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    Nicholls St: Lardarius Webb Helps Support Nicholls Athletics

    04-16-2014 09:55 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – Former Colonel stand out and current Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb has donated $25,000 to Nicholls

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Quarterbacks Throw Out First Pitch

    04-14-2014 09:00 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University football quarterbacks Tuskani Figaro, Beaux Hebert and Kalen Henderson

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Football Holds Annual Pro Day

    04-17-2014 06:00 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football program hosted its annual Pro Day on April 10 at John

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    Nicholls St: Colonel Football Spring Wrap Up

    04-19-2014 06:13 AM


    THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football team concluded its 2014 spring season earlier this week.

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    Morehead St: Football Closes Out Spring Practice With Exhibition Game

    04-19-2014 04:45 PM


    The Morehead State football team closed out spring practice with an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at Jayne

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    Drake: Second-Half Rally Leads Defense In Drake Football Spring Game

    04-19-2014 07:03 PM
    The Drake University football team's defense used a 20-0 rally during the second half of the Bulldogs' annual

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Scrimmage #1

    04-05-2014 11:26 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – On a crisp and breezy Saturday morning, the Eastern Kentucky University football team held its

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Practice #10

    04-11-2014 09:15 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Matt Lengel hasn't seen much time on the gridiron

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Scrimmage #2

    04-12-2014 11:08 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team held its second scrimmage of the spring season Saturday

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    E. Kentucky: Spring Football Update: Practice #13

    04-18-2014 05:26 AM


    RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Brandon Stanley is one of the few veteran returning

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    N. Dakota St: “Those Who Stay WILL BE CHAMPIONS” Film to Premier at Sixth Annual Bison Showcase

    04-07-2014 10:45 AM


    North Dakota State University athletics is proud to announce, "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions" film

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    N. Dakota St: Bison Complete First Scrimmage to Mark Halfway Point of Spring Camp

    04-12-2014 10:55 AM


    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State marked the halfway point of spring football by conducting its first scrimmage

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    N. Dakota St: NDSU National Championship Fan Collection Now On Sale

    04-16-2014 11:15 AM


    FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University and Jostens have partnered to let fans claim their piece of history

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  • CSN West: Could it be a Growing FCS West?

    What looked like a rather tame Division I conference movement during the summer turned a week ago into a drastic change.

    Before last week, the only Division I conference movement involved the Big Ten adding Nebraska, the Pacific 10 adding Colorado and Utah, and Boise State moving to Mountain West. No FCS conferences were affected.

    In case you haven’t heard, the Mountain West Conference just took away Fresno State and former Big Sky member Nevada last week from the Western Athletic Conference. This was after that conference had already persuaded another former Big Sky member, Boise State, to join a few months ago from the same conference.
    The Mountain West had lost Utah to the Pac-10 and was on the verge of losing Brigham Young as a football independent with the remainder of its sports heading toward the WAC. The MWC beat the WAC at the game and BYU still has a decision left.

    What all this means is undoubtedly changes to the FCS West, and I’m hoping for positive changes.

    So what does this conference shakeup mean to the FCS West?

    In my opinion, this could mean a raid of the FCS West leagues or it could mean a growth. If you heard WAC commissioner Karl Benson, he’s targeted several west of the Mississippi schools that play at the FCS level.

    “I’m sure they (Texas-San Antonio) will be on our list,” said Benson during a teleconference last week. “Texas State has also been a school that has shown tremendous potential.”

    Texas State out of the Southland and football newcomer Texas-San Antonio that plays its other sports in the Southland are two FCS teams on WAC’s radar.

    “(Montana) would be another prospective candidate,” Benson said.

    There are reports of other Big Sky members, Portland State and Sacramento State, being in contact, to go with the biggest target of Montana. And if Montana goes, one would assume Montana State also would be in the talks. There also are reports of the two Great West California schools in Cal Poly and UC Davis.

    Of the three California schools, Benson stated, “They have components that would allow them to make the move if they decided. We’ve had conversations with those schools in the past. Whether this is the time, those are institutional decisions … The WAC would look at them as potential candidates.”

    To me, none of these schools is that attractive aside from Montana and possibly Texas-San Antonio to go to the FBS ranks. If you look at their history and facilities, I don’t see any of these schools moving up and being successful.

    Those that support the move will boast that Portland State will have a refurbished PGE Park to play in as that city gets a Major League Soccer team next year. Sacramento State will argue that its stadium will host another professional team in the United Football League’s Sacramento Mountain Lions. Texas State has plans of updating its stadium to get near a 25,000 capacity.

    While those stadiums meet the 15,000 minimum size, I have to wonder whether they can support the extra scholarships needed as well as the substantial travel increase in a conference that spreads four time zones. I also would question many of the other non-football facilities to be within the WAC, which has always been a top Division I basketball and baseball conference.

    UC Davis and Cal Poly play in stadiums that do not meet the 15,000 minimum.

    Even Montana would be questionable as two more sports would need to be added to get to the FBS minimum of 16.

    With these WAC departures, what is left of that conference?

    After the departures, the league will be down to six schools in Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Utah State, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Hawai’i. I know Benson wants to keep this lineup together as further departures could mean that automatic bids would go away.

    Current membership requirement to be a viable NCAA conference is six (seven for the automatic basketball bid). In order to be considered a conference, there must be continuity of six members for five years.

    What is a realistic scenario that will happen in the near future?

    I don’t think a conference such as the WAC that spans four time zones and just six schools is long to live. A $5 million penalty will be paid by Nevada and Fresno State to leave the conference per a signed moratorium.

    Nothing is official yet. Reports, however, are surfacing regarding the WAC. Hawai’i is trying to go independent in football while seeking a home for its other sports — reportedly in the West Coast Conference, which does not participate in football.

    Louisiana Tech seems eager to join Conference USA or the Sunbelt Conference, which now look at worst equal to the new WAC and with much less travel.

    No doubt New Mexico State, Idaho, Utah State and San Jose State are reviewing their options.

    Utah State was invited to the Mountain West before Nevada and Fresno State, but it turned the offer down due to the binding agreement to pay $5 million and the hopes that BYU was coming to the WAC.

    With both of these scenarios gone, I wonder whether Utah State would want to stay in a BYU-less WAC and with the Mountain West at 11 schools, a need is there for an additional member to play their conference title game.

    That leaves three teams that will be basically homeless in the near future in New Mexico State, Idaho and San Jose State. With the Big Sky at nine members and looking for future continuity and hopes of more playoff teams, I wonder if a 12-team Big Sky Conference might be in the future with splits of east and west or north and south.

    After seeing the number of CAA teams in the playoffs the last few years at four and five continuously, if I was a strong FCS conference such as the Big Sky, I would be looking to get to 12 to increase its playoff number. With a 12-team league, teams don’t have to beat one another up completely.

    Using the CAA model and most 12-team Division I models, a school would play the five games against its division and three against the other division so the league could stay with eight games and keep three out-of-conference games. This also would be a benefit to the other sports as there would reduce travel.

    As for the new lineup, I will suggest the following:

    East
    Montana
    Montana State
    Northern Colorado
    New Mexico State
    Weber State
    Idaho State

    West
    Eastern Washington
    Idaho
    Portland State
    Sacramento State
    San Jose State
    Northern Arizona

    Those three new teams have done little in the FBS ranks and rank near the bottom in attendance in football, but in the FCS ranks, they all could be similar to that of Montana in my opinion.

    Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I believe these three schools belong in the FCS ranks and while these schools appear to be a joke at the higher level, they could be a big force at the FCS level.

    We shall see, but the unraveling has begun and for sure, we’ll see changes in the FCS West.