FAU football "misguided"
"Football? Leave it to the rest of the state.
You've got three layers in Florida. The big boys (big schools in top conferences) — Florida, FSU, Miami, UCF, USF. The needy (schools that play football because it's part of their identity) — Bethune-Cookman, FAMU. The misguided (losing millions while not getting much benefit for their buck) — FAU and FIU"
I don't think this guy quite understands the economics and impact of our football program.
But I'd like to take this opportunity to ask you for your view of the bigger picture of FAU football: how big do you imagine it getting, say in 50 years. Do you ever see us expanding our stadium out to 65k, do you think we're doomed to be a perennial "South Florida team" where one year when we're 10-2 we fill the stadium and the next we're 2-10 and struggle to get 5,000 people in the stadium… and if that happens, is it misguided to try and build a traditional football community down here?
And am I wring or are UCF and USF AT OUR level of being in a "Group of 5" conference, NOT one of the top 5 "BigBoy" conferences and programs. Oh, and did FAU last year not kick USF's butt AT Tampa! UCF and USF DO NOT own FAU and FIU by any means!
Give the new programs time to grow and see what happens. I don't know about 65K but 50-55K at the stadium will happen in my lifetime! GO FAU!
Tim FAU98 saidWith the possible change in college athletics economics, consolidation of the big boy conferences, and a more concerted effort (collusive) of the big conferences to shut out the mid-majors...the future may not be very bright.Posted On: May 16th 2014, 5:54 PM
100 percent right. I would love for a FAU to be a program like Fresno State a winning football program solid fan base.
It will be extremely hard for FAU to get there since the big boys want to keep separating themselves. If only we had started the program just 5 years earlier.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Silver_Bullet32 saidI think FAU can get there….I think the future playoffs will open up the conference stranglehold….we'll have to see how it all goes down…Posted On: May 21st 2014, 12:16 AM
Yup, it won't stay at 4 teams for very long. Media AND the schools will want more, I think it may get up to 16 teams eventually.