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Doug4Troy
03-07-2013, 10:16 PM
Van Brimmer: Sun Belt shouldn't be only bowl league option for Georgia Southern

The soapy script on the Georgia Southern football bus windows read, “Just married: Sun Belt or bust.”

“Bust” has never been a more attractive option...

...Too bad the Sun Belt is a league that’s been out in the sun too long — a tired, blistering, complainer that nobody wants to hang around...

...With little room available in existing conferences, new leagues will be proposed.

Georgia Southern could be a founding member of one of those upstart conferences. The Eagles could carve out a new identity in their new division.

Bottom line, anything’s better than the Sun Belt...

Complete story: http://savannahnow.com/column/2013-03-04/van-brimmer-sun-belt-shouldnt-be-only-bowl-league-option-georgia-southern

Doug4Troy
03-07-2013, 10:20 PM
The Death of Georgia Southern Football

by flowmaster
GSU Sports


Matt Yogus wrote an editorial today talking about the possibility of Georgia Southern being invited to play in the Sun Belt Conference but I think he got the title all wrong. To me instead of "Looks like the ball's in your court, Sun Belt" he should have titled his work: The death of Georgia Southern Football as we know it...

...My point is the Sun Belt is the cellar dweller conference of the FBS. Why would Georgia Southern want to play in this league?...

...I hope that if we accept any invitation to move to the Sun Belt it will be only until a better alternative comes along like C-USA or the Big East.

Truly any move will mean the end of Eagle Football as we know it!

Complete "blog": http://community.statesboroherald.com/blogs/detail/13600/

Jericho Johnny
03-08-2013, 04:24 PM
He's right, but it's still better than FCS.

redwaver
03-08-2013, 05:18 PM
He's right, but it's still better than FCS.
I wish you guys who see CUSA as a stronger football conference than the Belt next year please explain. ECU plays decent football as does Tulsa and So Miss ( who just happened to be 0-12 last year) but pray tell who else, year in year out puts better teams on the field than Troy, ULL, ASU, WKU? Most sports sites last year had us better. Losing FAU, FIU, NT and MTSU did little to lower that position. Should we get Ga So and App St there is no doubt we will be stronger. I don't see your logic. Schools like So Miss and Marshall haven't been competitive in several years. Just sayin'!

TroyTuba
03-08-2013, 06:15 PM
How dare you use common sense as a response on a message board!!!

Pcbtrojan
03-09-2013, 12:57 PM
ECU will be gone in 2014. Tulsa is a leading candidate for the new whats left of the Big East(conference to be named later). That leaves CDOA with Sun Belt ship jumpers & So Miss. Keep dreaming Eagles or build a better conference than CUSA part 2.0.

redwaver
03-09-2013, 06:05 PM
The Death of Georgia Southern Football

by flowmaster
GSU Sports


Matt Yogus wrote an editorial today talking about the possibility of Georgia Southern being invited to play in the Sun Belt Conference but I think he got the title all wrong. To me instead of "Looks like the ball's in your court, Sun Belt" he should have titled his work: The death of Georgia Southern Football as we know it...

...My point is the Sun Belt is the cellar dweller conference of the FBS. Why would Georgia Southern want to play in this league?...

...I hope that if we accept any invitation to move to the Sun Belt it will be only until a better alternative comes along like C-USA or the Big East.

Truly any move will mean the end of Eagle Football as we know it!

Complete "blog": http://community.statesboroherald.com/blogs/detail/13600/
That's easy to solve. If you are so high and mighty in your present location playing lesser competition then by all means STAY THERE! Don't come play with the big boys. You are sounding just like South Alabama when they were "still undefeated"! Oops that changed when they stopped playing Podunk Junior Colleges!!

likesturtles
03-09-2013, 09:03 PM
I wish you guys who see CUSA as a stronger football conference than the Belt next year please explain.

I don't think anyone here actually sees CUSA as stronger on the field, but overall general perception says its just a better place to be. The Sunbelt just brought in, and continues to bring in, FCS schools to fill in holes (I don't mind this if they get GSU and App State). That doesn't instill a feeling of growing strength. The Sunbelt is currently a starter conference, not where people want to stay. Then there's the money. As the current starter conference, the Sunbelt doesn't have much TV money. That may change in the next few years if we can out-play the teams that left for CUSA, but it's the current reality. The money is really what it's all about and it's the primary reason no institution wants to be in the Sunbelt.

redwaver
03-09-2013, 09:24 PM
I don't think anyone here actually sees CUSA as stronger on the field, but overall general perception says its just a better place to be. The Sunbelt just brought in, and continues to bring in, FCS schools to fill in holes (I don't mind this if they get GSU and App State). That doesn't instill a feeling of growing strength. The Sunbelt is currently a starter conference, not where people want to stay. Then there's the money. As the current starter conference, the Sunbelt doesn't have much TV money. That may change in the next few years if we can out-play the teams that left for CUSA, but it's the current reality. The money is really what it's all about and it's the primary reason no institution wants to be in the Sunbelt.
If we in the Sun Belt don't take the preverbal defeatist attitude we can make ourselves better and the TV and money will come to us. Those folks are not idiots. You, me or them can't deny success. As to GSU, given their attitude of superiority I don't give a rats rump if they come to the Belt or not. They haven't even moved up to D1 and they are already talking who deserves THEM. REALLY! Arrogance in spades. I think we should go after USM and maybe Tulane. Lets play their game. Frankly I think the two conferences should combine but that's just my thoughts.

Jericho Johnny
03-09-2013, 09:35 PM
I don't think anyone here actually sees CUSA as stronger on the field, but overall general perception says its just a better place to be.

I agree. The Sun Belt IS a cellar dweller (I rather like that term) but CUSA is no better. It is highly overrated and if I anything I think they have weakened their quality of play by buying all of this cellar dweller conferences worst teams. But yes, likesturtles is right that the common perception is that CUSA is better. No accounting for taste, but plenty accounting for money.

I also feel like you might be being too hard on GSU redwaver. Is there any indication that the students and the decision-makers feel this way? Or is this just the belief of a few GSU fans or even just this writer?

Also, what should we be abbreviating Georgia Southern to? GSU is already being used for Georgia State. Should it properly be GaSo or something?

redwaver
03-09-2013, 09:45 PM
I agree. The Sun Belt IS a cellar dweller (I rather like that term) but CUSA is no better. It is highly overrated and if I anything I think they have weakened their quality of play by buying all of this cellar dweller conferences worst teams. But yes, likesturtles is right that the common perception is that CUSA is better. No accounting for taste, but plenty accounting for money.

I also feel like you might be being too hard on GSU redwaver. Is there any indication that the students and the decision-makers feel this way? Or is this just the belief of a few GSU fans or even just this writer?

Also, what should we be abbreviating Georgia Southern to? GSU is already being used for Georgia State. Should it properly be GaSo or something?
Go read the fans/students comments about the article. Says enough for me. Some have no problem with the Belt move but others says it is beneath them. They are a good DII football team....but there is just a tad of difference between DII and DI. They need to take small steps and maybe in a year or two they will finally get their due respect for all their accomplishments and finally get their invite to the SEC where they have belonged all along!:eatdrink004:

Jericho Johnny
03-09-2013, 09:57 PM
Maybe the Eagles are afraid they'll get burnt if they fly too close to the Sun Belt...Ok, I tried. It wasn't good but I tried.

dgoebel
03-10-2013, 03:05 PM
Statesboro is not a metro city by any means. They are in similar circumstances as Troy. If they want to play D1 then they are going to be in the Sun Belt. If they don't like it...enjoy playing Western Carolina, Elon, Wofford and the Citadel.

JPSousa1898
03-12-2013, 10:12 PM
Didn't USA have the same cocky attitude when they moved up to the FBS? We'll see how long this talk lasts.

redwaver
03-13-2013, 05:03 PM
Didn't USA have the same cocky attitude when they moved up to the FBS? We'll see how long this talk lasts.
Yep

Jericho Johnny
03-13-2013, 05:35 PM
I'm not sure I've ever been around the fans of a team who DIDN'T think that team was way better than it really is. That includes TROY fans. Cockiness abounds in the hobby of spectator sports.

likesturtles
03-15-2013, 10:06 PM
A certain amount of cockiness is necessary, I think. Its better if you can back it up, but even if you can't, it says you support and believe in your team. And if enough people say it, then it must be true. This is a good way to build unity. :bounce012:

I want Southern in the conference just because I think they'll do well and be able to compete. Kind of like a fresh face at the party to replace the tired old ones that left. I like the Sunbelt and don't mind being part of it. Doesn't mean I don't see it for what it currently is though, and I can understand why an "up and coming" program of fans might not want to be here right now. We can't even give them a shot at a conference championship game. If we get a better reputation and if national perception changes, the Sunbelt will stop being the "because we don't have any other choice" conference. But reality is that's what we currently are. We have potential, but it is not being lived up to for any number of reasons. All the member schools wanting out and ready to go at the first invite doesn't help.

GaSouthern
03-21-2013, 09:20 AM
I'd like to add the opinion of many from Eagle Nation if possible.

The VAST majority of Georgia Southern fans feel like the Sun Belt will be a huge blessing. Our former rival MTSU leaving the conference was the only downside in my mind of joining the SBC.

There are a few GSU morons who think we will come in and steam roll the conference but every school has a group of idiots like that.

I do expect us to be competitive on the field even if we only win 1 or 2 games we should "be in" all of the games we play and I don't think that is unreasonable to ask of our coach and players.

I am thrilled with the idea of joining your league and hope you guys are welcoming to us if we get the chance to join your ranks.

dgoebel
03-21-2013, 11:02 AM
I'd like to add the opinion of many from Eagle Nation if possible.

The VAST majority of Georgia Southern fans feel like the Sun Belt will be a huge blessing. Our former rival MTSU leaving the conference was the only downside in my mind of joining the SBC.

There are a few GSU morons who think we will come in and steam roll the conference but every school has a group of idiots like that.

I do expect us to be competitive on the field even if we only win 1 or 2 games we should "be in" all of the games we play and I don't think that is unreasonable to ask of our coach and players.

I am thrilled with the idea of joining your league and hope you guys are welcoming to us if we get the chance to join your ranks.

I would welcome GA Southern. I almost went there to play football but I felt Troy was a better fit. I have a really good friend who is a GSU alumni. Great school and program and would be a great fit for our conference.

redwaver
03-21-2013, 11:13 AM
I'd like to add the opinion of many from Eagle Nation if possible.

The VAST majority of Georgia Southern fans feel like the Sun Belt will be a huge blessing. Our former rival MTSU leaving the conference was the only downside in my mind of joining the SBC.

There are a few GSU morons who think we will come in and steam roll the conference but every school has a group of idiots like that.

I do expect us to be competitive on the field even if we only win 1 or 2 games we should "be in" all of the games we play and I don't think that is unreasonable to ask of our coach and players.

I am thrilled with the idea of joining your league and hope you guys are welcoming to us if we get the chance to join your ranks.
I think the majority of fans would welcome Ga Southern into the Belt. I also would expect them to be competitive because they have a class program. They just need to leave the cockiness at home. I agree, that's usually a small but vocal bunch that tends to embarrass all the others. You have to crawl before you walk!

JPSousa1898
03-22-2013, 07:06 PM
I think the majority of fans would welcome Ga Southern into the Belt. I also would expect them to be competitive because they have a class program. They just need to leave the cockiness at home. I agree, that's usually a small but vocal bunch that tends to embarrass all the others. You have to crawl before you walk!

That's a pocketful of truth you can take to the bank.