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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun55 View Post
    The truth is that in the Current SunBelt unless we are winning consistently we will not draw great. I dream of a conference with Regional teams like LA Tech, Tulane, Houston, Southern Miss, even ULM. Teams with fan bases that we can develop real regional rivalries. We will never have a big rivalry with Troy, Georgia State, Appalachian st., Coastal carolina etc. Sorry but Arkansas State and new football members like South Alabama just is not enough to interest the common fan. When you don't have great teams you need games that at least keep the fans interested.

    Conference realignment has really done a disservice to the fan bases of regional non p5 schools.

    With all that said still no excuse not to get better student attendance.
    Winning with our current conference would get us to 25K average, 35k peaks. Winning with the conference you describe (EL-A Tech, Tulane, Houston, Southern Miss, ___k ULM) would get us 35K average 45K peak. Maybe more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliek View Post
    Winning with our current conference would get us to 25K average, 35k peaks. Winning with the conference you describe (EL-A Tech, Tulane, Houston, Southern Miss, ___k ULM) would get us 35K average 45K peak. Maybe more.
    .......I can see bringing in one fcs (McN, Nich, South, Gram)....also a 1 or 2 for of a biggie.....maybe bigger direction radii like SMU Memphis UAB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    .......I can see bringing in one fcs (McN, Nich, South, Gram)....also a 1 or 2 for of a biggie.....maybe bigger direction radii like SMU Memphis UAB
    Exactly...currently the Mountain West and MAC are setup ideally geographically. The AAC/C-USA and Sun belt do not make sense. Imagine something like this. Doubt this could ever happen but it would make sense. You could easily make a viable conference with just 10 of the teams below as well.

    East:
    Tulane
    UL
    ULM
    LA Tech
    Arkansas St.
    UAB
    Southern Miss

    West:
    Houston
    UTEP
    UTSA
    Rice
    North Texas
    Tulsa
    SMU

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun55 View Post
    Exactly...currently the Mountain West and MAC are setup ideally geographically. The AAC/C-USA and Sun belt do not make sense. Imagine something like this. Doubt this could ever happen but it would make sense. You could easily make a viable conference with just 10 of the teams below as well.

    East:
    Tulane
    UL
    ULM
    LA Tech
    Arkansas St.
    UAB
    Southern Miss

    West:
    Houston
    UTEP
    UTSA
    Rice
    North Texas
    Tulsa
    SMU
    Tulane, UH, Tulsa, and SMU are not leaving the AAC for this proposed conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    Because we don't win.. And I don't mean Sun Belt win.. We need to WIN.

    People want to be a part of something special. Beating NMSU isn't special. Even if you do it over and over again.

    Bring Boise to town and win. Go beat a Kentucky or Ole Miss on the road, and then come home and dominate the conference. Do something special on national TV when the whole country is watching. That's our problem.
    Winna Winna Chicken Dinna..... Spot on MAT and very realistic. We don't WIN. People won't get all geeked up beating sub par competition until you WIN against a reputable program. My guess regarding attendance is sub 20K but don't worry, Jay will add at least 10K to the reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun55 View Post
    Exactly...currently the Mountain West and MAC are setup ideally geographically. The AAC/C-USA and Sun belt do not make sense. Imagine something like this. Doubt this could ever happen but it would make sense. You could easily make a viable conference with just 10 of the teams below as well.

    East:
    Tulane
    UL
    ULM
    LA Tech
    Arkansas St.
    UAB
    Southern Miss

    West:
    Houston
    UTEP
    UTSA
    Rice
    North Texas
    Tulsa
    SMU
    Geezzeee us stop with the "let's make a new conference" post dejour...enough already...besides it not having anything to do with the thread, this site has already beaten the new conference horse within an inch of its life...if I wanted fantasy, I'd visit pornhub and not RP

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    Geezzeee us stop with the "let's make a new conference" post dejour...enough already...besides it not having anything to do with the thread, this site has already beaten the new conference horse within an inch of its life...if I wanted fantasy, I'd visit pornhub and not RP
    Then quit _____ing about attendance and asking why we don't draw better crowds. The reason is what it is. Enjoy the Belt and the downsides that come with it.

    Personally I will always be looking for this university to put itself and our programs in a better position. We have been loyal to the SBC for a very long time all factors considering.

    Those AAC teams probably won't go anywhere, but some type of C-USA/Sun Belt geographical reorganization is likely and would boost attendance with more regional rivals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun55 View Post
    Then quit _____ing about attendance and asking why we don't draw better crowds. The reason is what it is. Enjoy the Belt and the downsides that come with it.

    Personally I will always be looking for this university to put itself and our programs in a better position. We have been loyal to the SBC for a very long time all factors considering.

    Those AAC teams probably won't go anywhere, but some type of C-USA/Sun Belt geographical reorganization is likely and would boost attendance with more regional rivals.
    . It is NOT likely in the short term according to our AD. Long term is something I can't answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieHard1280 View Post
    Or maybe too bad she didn't...
    This will come back to haunt you 36 years from now

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    We should be in C-USA West. I don't care even if it's a lateral move. Most of the Cajuns fans live in the region where these schools are located, such as Houston, N. Louisiana, Dallas and Southern Mississippi.

    No one is going to travel to Troy or Mobile. We'll have more fans that actually live in Lafayette that attended LA Tech, Rice or S. Mississippi. Very few people that graduated from Troy, S. Alabama or Texas St. actually live in the Acadiana area or would be willing to attend games at Cajun Field


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    Quote Originally Posted by Geaux View Post
    We should be in C-USA West. I don't care even if it's a lateral move. Most of the Cajuns fans live in the region where these schools are located, such as Houston, N. Louisiana, Dallas and Southern Mississippi.

    No one is going to travel to Troy or Mobile. We'll have more fans that actually live in Lafayette that attended LA Tech, Rice or S. Mississippi. Very few people that graduated from Troy, S. Alabama or Texas St. actually live in the Acadiana area or would be willing to attend games at Cajun Field
    Sterling logic.

    An angle I had not seen presented before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geaux View Post
    We should be in C-USA West. I don't care even if it's a lateral move. Most of the Cajuns fans live in the region where these schools are located, such as Houston, N. Louisiana, Dallas and Southern Mississippi.

    No one is going to travel to Troy or Mobile. We'll have more fans that actually live in Lafayette that attended LA Tech, Rice or S. Mississippi. Very few people that graduated from Troy, S. Alabama or Texas St. actually live in the Acadiana area or would be willing to attend games at Cajun Field
    I agree this would be a good situation. However what is and what should be are 2 different things. I live in the real world, not a wishful one. I will say the Administration is well aware that we need to improve our conference situation and are doing all they can to take advantage of any opportunity which may arise. Top priority there is an improved football program. We may not see real progress there for a couple of years but foundation is being laid now.

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    Judging by the crowd right now, I think a lot of you are going to be surprised and appalled by the turnout today. I'm already pjssed.


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    I realize I am going to likely be disappointed. Not surprised however. I don't think people realize yet how quickly interest in sports is dropping unless a big national game is pending. There is one of those less than 60 miles away starting in less than an hour. Add to that it is on TV which makes the casual fan who has little interest outside of the big boys less likely to come to a home game. This goes beyond our team. It does show that we have to win "BIG" before support comes back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    Judging by the crowd right now, I think a lot of you are going to be surprised and appalled by the turnout today. I'm already pjssed.
    All my sons friends who go to UL are in BR. Sucks.

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    That Mike, and for the average, casual fan, UL has made it difficult to attend,difficult to enjoy, and has may be not done enough to entice fans who are not a part of RCAF...$10 to park, no GA tailgating (no tailgating unless RCAF?) "Expensive" concessions, lousy in game experience, too many family friendly events, mostly geared to toddlers through 5th grade, pay for this and that, a non-active or engaging band, all of this "stuff" before the game even starts...honestly, who can blame the one or two game fan, regardless if they're an alum or not, for not going? As a student in the 70s, it was easy. Drive, park, ID shown, sit with friends, crack the seal on some southern comfort and enjoy game, your date, have fun..as an alum in the 80s and 90s..get supplies for tailgate, tailgate, drink beer, have fun with kids, hit stadium, yell like he'll, have fun, enjoy game, band etc..
    By trying to make game day fun family time, I think the University has sucked all the fun and simplicity out of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fanof71 View Post
    That Mike, and for the average, casual fan, UL has made it difficult to attend,difficult to enjoy, and has may be not done enough to entice fans who are not a part of RCAF...$10 to park, no GA tailgating (no tailgating unless RCAF?) "Expensive" concessions, lousy in game experience, too many family friendly events, mostly geared to toddlers through 5th grade, pay for this and that, a non-active or engaging band, all of this "stuff" before the game even starts...honestly, who can blame the one or two game fan, regardless if they're an alum or not, for not going? As a student in the 70s, it was easy. Drive, park, ID shown, sit with friends, crack the seal on some southern comfort and enjoy game, your date, have fun..as an alum in the 80s and 90s..get supplies for tailgate, tailgate, drink beer, have fun with kids, hit stadium, yell like he'll, have fun, enjoy game, band etc..
    By trying to make game day fun family time, I think the University has sucked all the fun and simplicity out of it.
    In some ways, we have priced some folks out of the support group. I was always critical of folks who tailgated but did not attend the game. Tailgating is one aspect that definitely has priced some folks out and that does impact atmosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    All my sons friends who go to UL are in BR. Sucks.
    No surprise as all the friends of your son grew up in New Orleans. LSU is only state team covered there so it is natural those folks still follow the Tigers regardless of where they are at now.

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    Hoping for 20K+


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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    All my sons friends who go to UL are in BR. Sucks.
    Are they wearing red?



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