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    Conf Sunbelt UALR football?

    UALR is doing a feasibility study on starting a football program.
    http://lrtrojans.com/news/2017/7/12/...ity-study.aspx

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    Re: UALR football?

    Mayor & Chamber have been pushing for this. I'd say there's a 50/50 chance.

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    Mayor & Chamber have been pushing for this. I'd say there's a 50/50 chance.
    What does the governor say?
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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Hand Clyde View Post
    What does the governor say?
    Since he appoints the UA System Trustees ... I speculate it wouldn't even have gotten as far as a press release if he were opposed.

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    Re: UALR football?

    If I'm not mistaken according to its bylaws the Sun Belt would have to take them as a full conference member. They truly do have a clear path into the FBS.

    At the same time it was just a year ago when Karl Benson was touting the fact the league was at its perfect number - 10 for football - after adding CCU and dropping NMSU and Idaho. If they were to stay at 10 I wonder who they would replace?

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    If I'm not mistaken according to its bylaws the Sun Belt would have to take them as a full conference member. They truly do have a clear path into the FBS.

    At the same time it was just a year ago when Karl Benson was touting the fact the league was at its perfect number - 10 for football - after adding CCU and dropping NMSU and Idaho. If they were to stay at 10 I wonder who they would replace?
    Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I don't think this is simply sudden ambition on UALR's part. i expect there's been some conference nudging in order to keep the football membership at 10 after a couple of years pass. Of course any school that might be dropping out of FBS would deny it. And I also have no idea who that might be.

    I've wondered why UALR didn't make the move years ago. I think they could pull it off, providing Fayetteville wouldn't block them.
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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by tenacious_dog View Post
    I think they could pull it off, providing Fayetteville wouldn't block them.
    Again -- same board oversees both institutions.

    That this was even made public indicates Fayetteville's tacit approval.

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    Again -- same board oversees both institutions.

    That this was even made public indicates Fayetteville's tacit approval.
    Because if it impacts anybody in the state of Arkansas it would impact Arkansas State and Central Arkansas, not Fayetteville.

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    Mayor & Chamber have been pushing for this. I'd say there's a 50/50 chance.
    As I think more about this ... it's probably already been decided.


    Either they're not gonna do it, and this study is just to show that they did their due diligence; OR
    they're gonna do it, and this study is just to show that they did their due diligence.



    (Not to be cynical or anything ... I've just been in the public sector in LR for awhile now.)

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    Re: UALR football?

    Louisiana has only about 700 thousand more population than Arkansas yet it has five FBS division schools while Arkansas has only two. Adding another would hurt Arkansas State's (and Central's) recruiting and would also hurt ours in southern Arkansas (a la Dixon, Dancy, and Lovett). We also get a lot of students from the El Dorado area who might find UALR more attractive with a football program.

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by Houston Techsan View Post
    We also get a lot of students from the El Dorado area who might find UALR more attractive with a football program.
    You reckon? I knew a bunch of El Dorado folks back in the day. Not a SINGLE one of them has ever considered being a Tech fan since their last day at Tech, but they LOVE the Razorbacks.

    Saying that, over the years some of the best Tech fans I know came from Arkansas and don't care for the Pigs at all now. Never heard one of them say they chose Tech over ULAR for any reason other than Tech being a better school.
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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by PawDawg View Post
    You reckon? I knew a bunch of El Dorado folks back in the day. Not a SINGLE one of them has ever considered being a Tech fan since their last day at Tech, but they LOVE the Razorbacks.

    Saying that, over the years some of the best Tech fans I know came from Arkansas and don't care for the Pigs at all now. Never heard one of them say they chose Tech over ULAR for any reason other than Tech being a better school.
    I agree with you. Actually the only El Doradan I knew was a died in the wool Tech Fan. I was just speculating.

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by PawDawg View Post
    You reckon? I knew a bunch of El Dorado folks back in the day. Not a SINGLE one of them has ever considered being a Tech fan since their last day at Tech, but they LOVE the Razorbacks.

    Saying that, over the years some of the best Tech fans I know came from Arkansas and don't care for the Pigs at all now. Never heard one of them say they chose Tech over ULAR for any reason other than Tech being a better school.
    <--- Well this guy is from El Dorado and chose Tech over Arkansas.

    Also, I knew no one who went to UALR from El Dorado. UALR now has a few dorms, but it's largely a commuter school.

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    Re: UALR football?

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    <--- Well this guy is from El Dorado and chose Tech over Arkansas.

    Also, I knew no one who went to UALR from El Dorado. UALR now has a few dorms, but it's largely a commuter school.
    Dittos. I'm from the El Dorado area, and I had no interest in going to UALR over Louisiana Tech.
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