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Tuesday’s FAU Daily Briefing: FAU prepares plan for conference expansion

FAU is taking a wait and see attitude toward upcoming realignment among conferences, but says it will be ready if it happens.

Members of FAUOwlAccess can read the first extensive comments from Athletic Director Craig Angelos and football coach Howard Schnellenberger after they arrived back in town from meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.  attended by coaches and ADs from around the country.
Owl Access Pass members can read the full story here.
One point that Angleos made that wasn’t in the story is that the later conference shuffling begins, the better it is for FAU.
It would look better to show conference commissioners an actual football stadium instead of artist renderings of a proposed stadium. The same goes for renovations to the baseball stadium.
“We are on a course to enhancing our facilities, but, quite frankly, I wish the expansion talk was going to happen in a few years when we would be a little more mature,” Angelos said.
Another thing that was interesting is Angelos’ belief that the Sun Belt could be on the offensive when it comes to adding members. Conventional wisdom is that the Sun Belt could lose one, two or three teams to other leagues and then scramble to replace them or risk having the conference have to fold.
The most difficult part in trying to figure out how the conferences will look after this round of realignment is that the best minds in college sports are playing a guessing game because no one is sure how this will all shake out,
The educated guess here is that FAU would be best served by moving up to Conference USA, if Central Florida moves to the Big East and C-USA decides it wants to keep a strong presence in Florida.
I have a hunch it won’t be that simple.
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May 11, 2010

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