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    With the difficulty of scheduling ooc games, does the gsc just go to a 11 team conference like the gac? Who would be good additions or do some of the non-football playing schools decide to start programs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flexbone View Post
    With the difficulty of scheduling ooc games, does the gsc just go to a 11 team conference like the gac? Who would be good additions or do some of the non-football playing schools decide to start programs?

    As competitive as the GSC is I couldn't imagine it being a negative to not play OOC games. As far as additions I think Erskine College (Due West, SC) would be a good fit especially with NGU in the conference (NGU and Erskine are both in Conference Carolinas for all other sports). I would like to see current non-football members start the sport but I have no idea which school(s) would be interested or in a position to do that. Some current NAIA programs to at least consider would be Reinhardt (GA), Southeastern (FL) or maybe Faulkner (AL).

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    Welcome to the GSC. This topic is beat to death every offseason and a large part of the reason UNA reclassified.

    It's slim pickin's in the SE for D2 football scheduling and the GSC has been in a precarious situation since the Arkies took their toys and formed a conference they could win in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FormerCrusader#84 View Post
    As competitive as the GSC is I couldn't imagine it being a negative to not play OOC games. As far as additions I think Erskine College (Due West, SC) would be a good fit especially with NGU in the conference (NGU and Erskine are both in Conference Carolinas for all other sports). I would like to see current non-football members start the sport but I have no idea which school(s) would be interested or in a position to do that. Some current NAIA programs to at least consider would be Reinhardt (GA), Southeastern (FL) or maybe Faulkner (AL).
    Even though it has a cool looking little campus, when I think of the GSC, I believe Erskine College is way to small to be considered as a serious candidate for expansion into the conference (enrollment = 600).

    A quote from their football press release:

    "Now, Erskine is figuring out what local facilities are available for games and practices, and if building a football stadium is a realistic goal for the near future."

    Just not a very good fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle74 View Post
    Even though it has a cool looking little campus, when I think of the GSC, I believe Erskine College is way to small to be considered as a serious candidate for expansion into the conference (enrollment = 600).

    A quote from their football press release:

    "Now, Erskine is figuring out what local facilities are available for games and practices, and if building a football stadium is a realistic goal for the near future."

    Just not a very good fit.

    Erskine adding football will bring in more students and they'll get facilities in place in order to play (Valdosta State shares a HS stadium, Limestone does as well as do other D2 programs so playing at local HS isn't abnormal). GSC expansion in regards to my comment dealt with football only.

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    Saint Leo University (FL): Saint Leo has held a series of focus groups to begin the process of exploring of bringing football back, per the Hernando Sun. St. Leo currently competes in the Sunshine State Conference, which does not compete in football, but is exploring the option of moving to the D-II Gulf South Conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNALions View Post
    Saint Leo University (FL): Saint Leo has held a series of focus groups to begin the process of exploring of bringing football back, per the Hernando Sun. St. Leo currently competes in the Sunshine State Conference, which does not compete in football, but is exploring the option of moving to the D-II Gulf South Conference.
    Very interesting!

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    The quote from the paper makes it look like they would be working to get a Florida based conference going (plus they totally ignore Florida Tech):



    "The feasibility also brings some unique difficulties as well. Saint Leo currently plays in the Sunshine State Conference, which has no football programs at this time. One option would be to move to the Gulf South Conference, where the Lions would be able to face teams. However, Wright noted that this would only be a short term solution, as the only Floridian university in the conference is West Florida, located up the panhandle in Pensacola. The rest of the conference is scattered in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Logistically, the travel would make Saint Leo’s football program unsustainable and so the best option would be for other schools, closer to Saint Leo, to start their own football programs to make the distances more reasonable.

    It is one thing to form your own football program, but now Saint Leo needs to convince other universities, five in total per Wright’s suggestion, to form their own as well. It is not impossible, as Wright noted that there are already a few schools doing their own research, including Embry Riddle University and another SSC school.
    There will be another series of talks in a few weeks, and further exploration into the possibility of football at Saint Leo, so it will be an intriguing few months at the school."

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    If sometime in the future if the Sunshine Conference started football would West Florida or Valdosta State Consider leaving the GSC for the SSC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cneagle99 View Post
    The quote from the paper makes it look like they would be working to get a Florida based conference going (plus they totally ignore Florida Tech):



    "The feasibility also brings some unique difficulties as well. Saint Leo currently plays in the Sunshine State Conference, which has no football programs at this time. One option would be to move to the Gulf South Conference, where the Lions would be able to face teams. However, Wright noted that this would only be a short term solution, as the only Floridian university in the conference is West Florida, located up the panhandle in Pensacola. The rest of the conference is scattered in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Logistically, the travel would make Saint Leo’s football program unsustainable and so the best option would be for other schools, closer to Saint Leo, to start their own football programs to make the distances more reasonable.

    It is one thing to form your own football program, but now Saint Leo needs to convince other universities, five in total per Wright’s suggestion, to form their own as well. It is not impossible, as Wright noted that there are already a few schools doing their own research, including Embry Riddle University and another SSC school.
    There will be another series of talks in a few weeks, and further exploration into the possibility of football at Saint Leo, so it will be an intriguing few months at the school."
    Yeah, that's a pretty terrible article.

    https://www.hernandosun.com/article/...l-university-0

    How could the head of the consulting firm not realize there's already a SSC team playing the GSC? Maybe they do but, jeez. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Ala Screwdriver View Post
    If sometime in the future if the Sunshine Conference started football would West Florida or Valdosta State Consider leaving the GSC for the SSC.
    I'm not sure I see that but I do see how this could become a trend for other SSC schools and possibly having the numbers to have their own football conference.

    That would be very, very scary for all current SR2 schools and conferences, in my opinion. Meaning, they could almost instantly become the force of the region in that recruting hotbed down in south FL.

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    Prior to their D2 transition, Lee and Union were considering football. Is there anything new on this or has the idea gone out the window? https://www.valdostadailytimes.com/

    Any chance on getting Cumberland (TN) to reconsider D2 and join the GSC? Or, Southeastern (FL) to join the SSC and the GSC as a football affiliate? Another possible idea is to get Middle Georgia to elevate their club football to varsity and move up to D2 and the GSC.

    The article makes it sound like Saint Leo would look to completely leave the SSC to join the GSC; why not just be a football affiliate with Florida Tech? I have felt that with the success Florida Tech and West Florida has had that it might inspire other SSC schools to consider football.

    I doubt Valdosta State or West Florida would want to join the SSC if that conference sponsored football. The SSC are all private schools and all but Embry-Riddle are south from the Orlando area.

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