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    Serious question: from a Troy fan's perspective, what do you think a conference like C-USA is looking for in a new member institution? How would you pitch Troy if you were sitting across a table from C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and the presidents of, say Rice, Houston, and Memphis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schard View Post
    Serious question: from a Troy fan's perspective, what do you think a conference like C-USA is looking for in a new member institution? How would you pitch Troy if you were sitting across a table from C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and the presidents of, say Rice, Houston, and Memphis?
    If it were me, I would definitely show our school improvement plan with all the construction and things going on. Show our graduation rate and how many students "leave cause of their major" and all that jazz, if it's on file. Show how many students we plan on having in the next few years, and then go into the athletic accomplishments. Athletics make money, but let's not forget that this is a place of "higher" learning
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    Thumbs up ...would love joining CUSA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Schard View Post
    Serious question: from a Troy fan's perspective, what do you think a conference like C-USA is looking for in a new member institution? How would you pitch Troy if you were sitting across a table from C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and the presidents of, say Rice, Houston, and Memphis?
    1. TV market size! period.

    2. Troy's strengths are Athletic success, it's top on-campus athletic facilities, overall regional football interest in the area: solid home attendance numbers vs non-conference teams, + consider the regional/geographic factor: Natural rivalries vs USM, UAB, UCF/Memphis very possible, and located in a relative hotbed recruiting area.

    Athletics:

    Football: 5 consecutive conference championships + 5 bowl game appearances since 2004, signature wins vs BCS teams, established sth like a mini NFL pipeline (several 1st round/2nd round draft picks in recent years: Ware, Umenyiora, McKelvin, Jernigan + several other draft picks). Attendance: Average attendance should be better, however when considering home games vs Marshall (2003), Oklahoma State (2007) and Missouri (2004), attendance averages around 26,000. Troy's attendance would increase when hosting CUSA teams. Next year, Troy will host Mississippi State and Navy. The Mississippi State game should be a sell-out. Regional fan interest is larger than for most CUSA teams according to this study (source: NY Times):





    Conclusion: The product "Troy football" is on par with most CUSA teams. Several Bowl appearances since 2004 (5 bowl games) + Troy is already very competitive when playing ranked top BCS teams (win over ranked Missouri and many close games vs top 15 teams: 28-38 at Arkansas, 34-44 at UGA, 20-34 and 31-40 at LSU, 17-24 at FSU, 38-41 at OK State etc, etc. Generally, future upsets under the CUSA flag vs ranked BCS teams are very likely, which would generate additional $ and enhance conference prestige. Athletically, Troy is capable of replacing UCF (are they leaving?) in CUSA.

    Baseball

    Troy was ranked last year and made several appearances in NCAA regionals in recent years. Attendance: For five straight seasons since 2006, Troy has ranked in the Top 50 in home attendance for baseball games each year.

    Athletic Facilities:

    Football

    New planned football complex, additional seating and a new state-of-the-art video board:



    Basketball

    Currently under constuction:

    New Trojan Arena:

    Troy University broke ground on the new Trojan Arena in the Spring of 2010. Troy University’s new Trojan Arena will contain two stories and cover about 141,000 square feet. ... The Event Level includes administration and locker areas for men’s/women's basketball, women's volleyball, and mens/women's track. Included are 10,000 square-feet of basketball practice courts. Visiting team locker rooms will double as star dressing rooms for shows, concerts and other events. A media workroom and multi-purpose space for interviews and entertaining is included. ... An interior concourse will run around perimeter of entire building with concession stands at the four corners. Food court-styled dining will provide for specialty food items. Several food/souvenir kiosks will also be placed around the concourse. ... A VIP entrance will serve suite holders and club-seat guests. A separate suite lounge will be located immediately outside entrances of six suites, and the Chancellor's Suite. Trojan Arena will have a 5,200 seating capacity for basketball and a 5,600 seating capacity for convocations, commencement, concerts and special event.


    Baseball

    Expansions/renovations already completed, and new expansion plans are underway (quoting wiki: "There are plans to add additional seating along the right field line, extend the visitor dugout and add more luxury suites, possibly following the 2011 or 2012 season"):

    In 2008, Riddle-Pace Field went through a $4.7 million renovation to meet NCAA Regional hosting requirements. ... The new complex features indoor batting cages, new locker rooms for the players and umpires as well as a player lounge and meeting area. The facility also provides new offices for the Troy coaching staff. ... In addition to the Lott Complex, numerous upgrades were made to Riddle-Pace Field. Among the highlights is a new home dugout, built into the ground floor of the Lott Complex, a new home bullpen area and a new artificial playing surface. ... The new playing surface is now lit by a state-of-the art lighting system that provides the Trojans with the absolute best lighting for night games. No other college facility in the country can match the lighting availble at Riddle-Pace Field. ... The final touch is a new outfield wall that included a “monster” in right field and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and sound system built into the wall in right-center field. The wall in left field was lowered and future plans call construction behind the wall, creating a fan-friendly seating and tailgate area. (Source: Troy athletics)
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    Everybody keeps talking about schools being a good fit academically. What does this mean? Is it just putting lipstick on a hog? What does it matter as far as sports goes? Money is driving everything right?

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    Some athletes will be drawn by the appeal of the academic reputation of a college to produce good graduates.

    Same for musicians, that's why the SOTS and School of Music can recruit the students it does now.
    We are with you all the way! So, get out there team and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Let's win to-day!!!

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