My boss is a pretty smart guy. Good thing. Makes up for the fact that I’m much, much more handsome.
Conference USA is recovering from being a victim in the latest round on Realignmageddon, and Daily Mail Sports Editor Chuck McGill has offered some pretty interesting possibilities of what C-USA could look like in the future.
An East Division of Marshall, UAB, Charlotte, Old Dominion, FAU, FIU and either Western Kentucky or Middle Tennessee State? I can think of worse scenarios.
Conference USA, and Marshall along with it, need to find their niche in the new college football landscape. They need to find a way to stay viable as the power conferences put distance between themselves and everyone else. The C-USA TV money isn’t too bad. This story in the Daily Press on Old Dominion’s move to the conference puts the annual payout at around $2 million. Not shabby, but nowhere close to the near-$20 million each SEC team receives.
So what’s a way to increase revenue, if not putting butts in front of televisions? How about butts in stadium seats?
Give college football fans more reason to travel, and you might have fuller stadiums. Marshall’s new-look division would give Herd fans three opponents within driving distance and a trip to South Florida every year.
Like I said, that McGill is a smart cookie. Me? I’ll just have to get by on my looks.