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Memphis on the Outside Looking In (for the last time?)

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Where there's smoke, there's fire...

Everybody's reporting that Big 12 is talking to BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston.

That's not only the best AAC teams, but that's our rivalries. And there's no more room for call-ups.

Maybe in the age of NIL, it's time to go all in on Tiger basketball and finally give up on football. I mean, the AAC is about to become the Sun Belt. If the best we can do is a middle of the pack group of 5, our football will never be anything but cannon fodder ever again. Even if we were the best, being on top of a pile of garbage is still garbage.

I don't want to think like that - at all. But there it is. I don't see the Big 12 going to 14. And nobody else would touch us with a 10 ft pole. 

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I hope you are wrong but it does appear that this is the case.

 

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On 9/2/2021 at 6:20 PM, The Truth is OUT said:

That's not only the best AAC teams, but that's our rivalries. And there's no more room for call-ups.

 

If the AAC is thinking correctly they would be on the phone with Marshall and Charlotte yesterday.

Marshall has tradition and Charlotte is a major growing market.  11-3+2 = 10 which is enough to carry on with.

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So - this is terrible. Somehow this has to get bubbled up to Geoff Calkins if he isn't already writing about this. According to this guy we would have been one of the first 4 invited to the Big 12 if we had a commitment to build a new on-campus stadium to supplant the Liberty Bowl, but Rudd told the Big 12 he wouldn't pursue it due to Memphis politics. 

The decrepit Liberty Bowl (along with Fred Smith refusing to be considered for ownership) is what killed our chances the last time the NFL expanded. then we had to watch Nashville get oodles of state tax dollars for a new stadium for luring the Oilers. If the choice is support the Liberty Bowl (bowl game) or our hometown team, that's only a difficult choice if palms are getting greased. So maybe someone like Calkins can expose some dirty laundry here and get this done.

Now that we are on the "short list" for further expansion, sounds like there is little time to fool around. This needs all the exposure it can get. The only way to get this done is through community pressure holding elected leaders accountable. Because they will be the only ones who can wield pressure on the money people. Bottom line, somebody's livelihood needs to be threatened.

Not getting the NFL was somewhat offset by the Grizzlies (and I would argue the better fit anyway). Missing out on getting into the Big 12 - there's nobody else coming to offset that loss. 

 

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