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Sun-Belts Bubas Cup.

No surprises here.

June 5, 2009


MTSU, Western continue to dominate Sun Belt

BY MONTE HALE JR.
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MTSU again showed its athletic prowess across the board this year by winning the Bubas Cup.

The Sun Belt's version of the all-sports trophy has been decided between MTSU and Western Kentucky every year since the Blue Raiders entered the league in 2001.

It's no secret the two universities boast the top overall athletic programs in the league. The proof is in the Bubas.

That's why one or both might have the opportunity to make a move to another conference one day.

First things first, though. While MTSU's and Western Kentucky's overall programs are the class of the league, each still has some work to do.

Western Kentucky will begin its first football season this fall in the Sun Belt. The Hilltoppers, although a novice program, need to escalate up the ranks quickly.

More importantly, and the most intriguing question is, can Western Kentucky draw enough fan support from a community so consumed with basketball?

As far as all the other sports, Western Kentucky is in good shape.

Need to step up

As far as the Blue Raiders are concerned, athletic director Chris Massaro has to be elated as far as where his overall program is at.

However, MTSU needs to take a positive step in football as well this season.

The Blue Raiders are coming off back-to-back losing seasons, and probably won't be picked to finish any higher than third or fourth in the Sun Belt next season.

A .500 or better record shouldn't be too much to ask, although many factors weigh heavily into having such a season — most notably injuries.

MTSU also needs to keep increasing its fan base and sell more season tickets. The university has made great strides in providing a good game day atmosphere, but there's more work to be done in terms of improving attendance.

MTSU's men's basketball program also needs to turn the corner. The Blue Raiders were picked to win the league this season, yet finished third in the East Division.

An injury to center Theryn Hudson, as well as sub-par play by players who were expected to carry the load, didn't help. That being noted, the Blue Raiders have to take the next step.

If you're a Blue Raider fan, you certainly have good reason to walk with your head held high.

However, and this is no disrespect to any other program, most fans want to see their football and men's basketball team winning championships first and foremost.

Being the best across the board in the Sun Belt is nice, but the vast majority want to go to a bowl game in football and the postseason in basketball.

That will be the charge for MTSU next season.


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Re: Sun-Belts Bubas Cup.

When will FAU step it up and start to compete for the Cup.

Here are the current standings:

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Re: Sun-Belts Bubas Cup.

Bytor said

When will FAU step it up and start to compete for the Cup.

Here are the current standings:



I'll take winning bowl games every year and gladly finish 8th in the standings lol.

Notice how the 2 best football teams in the sunbelt are 7-8 on this list? I think Troy would also take bowl wins and winning the sun belt every year and gladly finish 7th

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Sun-Belts Bubas Cup.

Pretty much WKU and MTSU are the only ones that care a great deal about the cup, (as they should since the compete for it closely every year).

Its not even really talked about that much by the other schools.

The 2 that most people "care" about are FB and Mens Basketball.

If we get competative in both at the same time, the revenue will flow and the other sports will benefit and the overall standings could improve.

I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick @$$ and I'm out of bubble gum.

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Re: Sun-Belts Bubas Cup.

I'll take Bowl games and Conference Championship any day as well.
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owlfamily said

Pretty much WKU and MTSU are the only ones that care a great deal about the cup, (as they should since the compete for it closely every year).

Its not even really talked about that much by the other schools.

The 2 that most people "care" about are FB and Mens Basketball.

If we get competative in both at the same time, the revenue will flow and the other sports will benefit and the overall standings could improve.

Exactly.  No offense to anyone who follows the other sports, but I couldn't care less how our cross country, golf, or tennis teams perform.  Give me winners in football, basketball, and baseball and I'm happy.  Those other sports are great, but unless your "money" sports are successful, nothing else really matters.

Not to mention that "Bubas Cup" has to be the dumbest award name I have ever heard.  I wouldn't even want the thing until they rename it!  :D

(UPDATE: I just did some research  and found the award is named after the Sun Belt's first commissioner.  Now the name makes sense at least, but I still stand by my original statement.  It's a dumb name and should be changed.  I think it's the "cup" thing I don't like.  Name it the "Vic Bubas Sun Belt Championship Trophy" and I think I can get on board.)
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