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    UL Football Annual Home-n-Home vs USM

    Cajuns Sell Out their allotment of 2,500. Congrats. I would say that makes you the fifth largest visiting crowd to come to the Rock. Behind NEB, MS State, Jackson State and '99 Tulane.

    Some Golden Eagle fans on the rivals payboard calling for a home and home series with LA...I agree.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGold View Post
    their allotment of 2,500. Congrats. I would say that makes you the fifth largest visiting crowd to come to the Rock. Behind NEB, MS State, Jackson State and '99 Tulane.

    Some Golden Eagle fans on the rivals payboard calling for a home and home series with LA...I agree.
    This would make for a great rivalry and it is an easy commute ofr both parties involved.

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    Congrats to your fans. This was posted on the USM pay Rivals board and there is more than one post on how ULL would make a far better member for CUSA than UAB.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SpreadEagle View Post
    Congrats to your fans. This was posted on the USM pay Rivals board and there is more than one post on how UL would make a far better member for CUSA than UAB.
    If and when the Big East takes ECU, UCF, and Memphis I think that USM, Houston, La Tech, and UL need to work on getting into the same conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGold View Post
    Some Golden Eagle fans on the rivals payboard calling for a home and home series with LA...I agree. _
    That is something all of US have wanted for a VERY long time!! Hopefully, Coach Fedora will be willing to talk about that after this game.

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    We have had many posts on this board about how we can convince others that we would be viable members of a new conference. What seperates UL from many other mid majors is our fans. From tailgating to traveling to monetary support of UL. Some schools may be closer to airports or are located in bigger TV markets but the bottom line is the fans. Obviously USM is impressed that UL sold out its 2,500 ticket allotment and from what I have seen and heard there will probably be 1,000 more UL fans show up. If UL can get the reputation of selling out ticket allotments on the road and maintaiing large home crowds, that would, indeed, be the separating factor between UL and most of the other Sun Belt programs. Way to go UL fans! A very positive way to start the season. Now let's go win the damn game!


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    I noticed that ULM was playing Arkansas again in Little Rock. Has there ever been any talk about us playing USM every year in the Superdome? We could alternate home and home. I bet both schools would love it, well the fans would..


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    I noticed that ULM was playing Arkansas again in Little Rock. Has there ever been any talk about us playing USM every year in the Superdome? We could alternate home and home. I bet both schools would love it, well the fans would.. _

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    If you attend the game this week end it will be obvious to anyone why USM is and will do anything possible to play their games at home. Superdome is nice but it is NOT a home game, regardless of its designation. Our fans arent forking out $35,000 annual rent for a suite or $225 per game to lease a club seat to have the games played elsewhere. No offense, nothing against UL, but USM cant work a deal like that into their schedule.


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    If you attend the game this week end it will be obvious to anyone why USM is and will do anything possible to play their games at home. Superdome is nice but it is NOT a home game, regardless of its designation. Our fans arent forking out $35,000 annual rent for a suite or $225 per game to lease a club seat to have the games played elsewhere. No offense, nothing against UL, but USM cant work a deal like that into their schedule. _

    An annual game in the Superdome would expand the USM fan base (recruiting) in Louisiana.

    How much is that worth?

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    _ An annual game in the Superdome would expand the USM fan base (recruiting) in Louisiana.

    How much is that worth? _

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    USM is committed to at least six home games in order to keep a commitment to those who signed the long term leases on suites and club seats. We have four conference games at home each year and have signed one and ones with teams like Virginia and Kansas who are coming aboard shortly. That one and one situation with those two gives us one home game each year which with conference games gets us at five. That leaves one more which complicates it a bit because we want a super school who demands two from us for one visit to the Rock. Nebraska is set to fill that gap but as you see, it leaves us one home game short every other year so that is the hole we must fill with a team that agress to come to the Rock without a return game. We have had no problem getting McNeese, Jackson State, Southeastern, etc to come in for that game so in doing that our schedule is set, 6 games minimum at the Rock. Setting up a New Orleans game with ULL would reduce it to five which is unacceptable. And, from a recruit standpoing, a visit to the Rock far surpasses the Superdome with its sanitized and generic environment. A campus visit exposes them to the hordes of fans, tailgating, campus atmosphere, a beautiful facility with a digital videoboard, etc. Besides, we normally get Tulane in the dome on a conference rotating basis. I like playing the Cajuns but am sure you dont want to continue coming to USM without return visits so this game might be it for a long time.


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    For recruiting I wasn't talking about visits I was talking about marketing a game outside of your cocoon where you had an equal shot at home field advantage.

    I forgot about your Tulane game, your'e right an extra Superdome game wouldn't help you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun eagle View Post
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    USM is committed to at least six home games in order to keep a commitment to those who signed the long term leases on suites and club seats. We have four conference games at home each year and have signed one and ones with teams like Virginia and Kansas who are coming aboard shortly. That one and one situation with those two gives us one home game each year which with conference games gets us at five. That leaves one more which complicates it a bit because we want a super school who demands two from us for one visit to the Rock. Nebraska is set to fill that gap but as you see, it leaves us one home game short every other year so that is the hole we must fill with a team that agress to come to the Rock without a return game. We have had no problem getting McNeese, Jackson State, Southeastern, etc to come in for that game so in doing that our schedule is set, 6 games minimum at the Rock. Setting up a New Orleans game with UL would reduce it to five which is unacceptable. And, from a recruit standpoing, a visit to the Rock far surpasses the Superdome with its sanitized and generic environment. A campus visit exposes them to the hordes of fans, tailgating, campus atmosphere, a beautiful facility with a digital videoboard, etc. Besides, we normally get Tulane in the dome on a conference rotating basis. I like playing the Cajuns but am sure you dont want to continue coming to USM without return visits so this game might be it for a long time. _

    I think this is where schools should look at the positives of scheduling nearby 1-a teams. The Cajun fans have sold out there allotment of tickets and are buying more. There maybe up to 4000 or more UL fans there. Yet there are still 10,000 unsold tickets even with a new coach and new stadium. If USM had scheduled a 1-aa team how many tickets would be sold. If UL and USM would schedule home and home it would not cost very much for each school for transportation or guarentees with pretty good attendance for each school. If UL would get competitive with USM and a rivalry would develop then for little cost to each university and good attendance figures a good series could develop. Getting BSC schools is great but at what cost to the budget compared to having a home and home with UL. I sometimes think that mid-majors do a misservice to each other by not cooperating with each other and being to quick to try and appease BSC schools with 2 for 1's or 3 for 1's. Mid majors biggest leverage is cooperating with each, scheduling each other, and making BSC schools pay dearly for games with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAWFISH61 View Post
    I think this is where schools should look at the positives of scheduling nearby 1-a teams. The Cajun fans have sold out there allotment of tickets and are buying more.
    The positives are relate back to who brings a large crowd of visitors. If the storm doesn't screw things up, take at look at the attendance numbers for Southern at Houston and for the two games they played against Tulane in the Superdome back a few years. Go back to last season and check the figures the figures for Grambling at ULM and the crowd we had at Cajun Field at the painful egg laying. LaTex can play Army at home/away but how many would Northwestern St. or Grambling bring in?

    In any event one of the Eagle fans explained how they did the sales deal on their new suites and that's why USM will play 6 home games each season including from what I found, the likes of Virginia, Nebraska and Kansas.

    I'd prefer your way but it's gonna be hard if not to impossible to make happen. If you look at our schedules beginning in 2009, it's 8 SBC games and 4 OOCs. If we continue to play 2 big money BCS games (because we have to) then forget about return visits. That leaves us 2 additional OOcs to work with and I'm saying goal #1 ought to be 6 homes games per season versus any of the other possibilities.

    So what does that leave you to work with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAWFISH61 View Post
    I think this is where schools should look at the positives of scheduling nearby 1-a teams. The Cajun fans have sold out there allotment of tickets and are buying more. There maybe up to 4000 or more UL fans there. Yet there are still 10,000 unsold tickets even with a new coach and new stadium. If USM had scheduled a 1-aa team how many tickets would be sold. If UL and USM would schedule home and home it would not cost very much for each school for transportation or guarentees with pretty good attendance for each school. If UL would get competitive with USM and a rivalry would develop then for little cost to each university and good attendance figures a good series could develop. Getting BSC schools is great but at what cost to the budget compared to having a home and home with UL. I sometimes think that mid-majors do a misservice to each other by not cooperating with each other and being to quick to try and appease BSC schools with 2 for 1's or 3 for 1's. Mid majors biggest leverage is cooperating with each, scheduling each other, and making BSC schools pay dearly for games with us.
    We had just under 30k last year for the home opener against I-AA SE Louisiana. And that was in a driving rainstorm. USM has always had a huge walk up crowd on game day. Even if the 10,000 number is correct (which I seriously doubt that it is because ticket sales reps don't give out that kind of info), we will have an attendance of well over 30k.

    USM and ULL will probably never have a home and home series. As has been stated here, we are going to play no less than 6 home games every year. This is our AD's OOC scheduling strategy. I don't see where ULL could fit in for a home and home series.

    1 money game against a national power
    1 home game with no return against IAA or lower-tier IA
    1 home and home series with mid-level BCS program
    1 home and home with an upper-tier non-BCS program

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    go eagles it continues to amaze me that you have come to our board and doubted any facts that are presented to you - it is very simple often if you ask the right question, you will get the answer you are looking for. I asked the rep the question because I was debating weather or not to purchase tickets today or wait till Sat. and watch what the storm is going to do. I must compliment the individuals in the ticket office, they have been most helpful each time I have called and ensured that Cajun fans have been placed in sections near each other and with the best seats that yhey could find.

    Now lets hope for good weather good companionship, good food, drinks, and safe compitition among two highly capable teams and for this storm to go somewhere else as we all know all of us along the Miss gulf coast do not need another storm this soon after Katrina.


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    Quote Originally Posted by billbeck451 View Post
    go eagles it continues to amaze me that you have come to our board and doubted any facts that are presented to you - it is very simple often if you ask the right question, you will get the answer you are looking for. I asked the rep the question because I was debating weather or not to purchase tickets today or wait till Sat. and watch what the storm is going to do. I must compliment the individuals in the ticket office, they have been most helpful each time I have called and ensured that Cajun fans have been placed in sections near each other and with the best seats that yhey could find.

    Now lets hope for good weather good companionship, good food, drinks, and safe compitition among two highly capable teams and for this storm to go somewhere else as we all know all of us along the Miss gulf coast do not need another storm this soon after Katrina.
    BB,

    Please be nice to the USM fans... USM has helped us out of jams on numerous occasions, and they have backed us when we tried to get into C-USA and the old Metro 7.

    This is a relationship we need to protect.

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    I have been nice - my comments are very nice - I even complimented the usm ticket staff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by billbeck451 View Post
    I have been nice - my comments are very nice - I even complimented the usm ticket staff.
    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbeck451 View Post
    go eagles it continues to amaze me that you have come to our board and doubted any facts that are presented to you - it is very simple often if you ask the right question, you will get the answer you are looking for. I asked the rep the question because I was debating weather or not to purchase tickets today or wait till Sat. and watch what the storm is going to do. I must compliment the individuals in the ticket office, they have been most helpful each time I have called and ensured that Cajun fans have been placed in sections near each other and with the best seats that yhey could find.

    Now lets hope for good weather good companionship, good food, drinks, and safe compitition among two highly capable teams and for this storm to go somewhere else as we all know all of us along the Miss gulf coast do not need another storm this soon after Katrina.
    It's not that I doubt you, it's just that I know for a fact that sales reps don't even have access to that information. If she told you that, it was just a WAG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbeck451 View Post
    _ go eagles it continues to amaze me that you have come to our board and doubted any facts that are presented to you - it is very simple often if you ask the right question, you will get the answer you are looking for. I asked the rep the question because I was debating weather or not to purchase tickets today or wait till Sat. and watch what the storm is going to do. I must compliment the individuals in the ticket office, they have been most helpful each time I have called and ensured that Cajun fans have been placed in sections near each other and with the best seats that yhey could find.
    Beck, I'll pass the compliment's on to the guys I used to work with in the TO.

    I can also tell you, from working there myself as a student last year, any number that someone over the phone gave you that was close to 10,000 is NOT correct. I don't doubt that what you are saying is true, but I do doubt that the student worker who gave you that information is very, very wrong.

    The screens we see vs. what the actual total will be are off. That 10,000 number is probably for another game (most likely) OR it includes tickets for groups that haven't been allocated and dispersed yet (like Church groups, discount group tickets, and STUDENTS).

    If the weather is good- this game is a very near sellout. I don't personally think you will see people crowding the top corners of the upper-deck, but anything is possible I guess.

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