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The fix: A common-sense solution for conference realignment

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The most recent rounds of conference realignment might have created an economic boon for the power five, but the fallout for the rest of the FBS leagues left them in a wasteland where schools fly halfway across the country to play against unfamiliar opponents.

Nowhere is that more evident than in a pair of mid-major leagues — Conference USA and the Sun Belt — that sit at the bottom of the FBS pecking order.

Both conferences span the Mid-Atlantic states across the Southeast and into Texas and New Mexico, sharing essentially the same nonsensical footprint.

One week, Charlotte travels 1,600 miles to El Paso, Texas, for a CUSA matchup. The next week, Appalachian State

Conference USA’s membership covers a large footprint, resulting in matchups such as Old Dominion and Texas-San Antonio (above) that require long-distance travel.
flies nearly 1,700 miles to Las Cruces, N.M., to face New Mexico State. Charlotte and App State, separated by 100 miles and potentially natural rivals with their overlapping fan bases, play only if they schedule the occasional nonconference game.


http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2016/11/28/In-Depth/Realignment.aspx


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Part of the reason for the Butch hire was to try and fill Houston's spot when they move to the Big 12.


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