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    Can someone please explain AAU status - why it is significant to college sports &

    conference realignment?

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    Because that's Steger's goal: AAU status. He's not interested in an MNC. If VT's chances at the AAU are enhanced by the ACC, expect that consideration to take priority over the athletic revenue (which is a fraction of research revenue).

    And the B1G has only ever invited two schools who were not AAU members (ND and Nebraska) -- and one of those (Nebraska) was an AAU member at the time of invitation. Simply put, unless you're AAU, you better have ND-like appeal for the B1G to consider letting you in -- which is why all these FSU to B1G rumors are so far-fetched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perfesser View Post
    Because that's Steger's goal: AAU status. He's not interested in an MNC. If VT's chances at the AAU are enhanced by the ACC, expect that consideration to take priority over the athletic revenue (which is a fraction of research revenue).

    And the B1G has only ever invited two schools who were not AAU members (ND and Nebraska) -- and one of those (Nebraska) was an AAU member at the time of invitation. Simply put, unless you're AAU, you better have ND-like appeal for the B1G to consider letting you in -- which is why all these FSU to B1G rumors are so far-fetched.
    Well, FSU may have ND type appeal to the hurting B1G. And they would certainly take FSU, and all of its other appealing aspects, if they could bring GT, UVA, and UNC with them. I think the B1G could see FSU reaching AAU status within a decade w/ CIC inclusion anyhow.

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    Here is the mission statement for vt athletics dept

    http://http://www.athletics.vt.edu/mission.html
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    conference realignment?
    Winning championships are not the ultimate vision

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    Let's Use Notre Dame as an Example

    Notre Dame is not an AAU school. No conference wants them for that very reason. That is why they have been independent for so long.

    Conferences are all about academics. Athletics have nothing to do with it. Think about that. How many major football programs would exist were it not for the supplementary funding they receive from their schools' physics departments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSU Tiger View Post
    Notre Dame is not an AAU school. No conference wants them for that very reason. That is why they have been independent for so long.

    Conferences are all about academics. Athletics have nothing to do with it. Think about that. How many major football programs would exist were it not for the supplementary funding they receive from their schools' physics departments?
    The B1G does things differently. It really doe$. Google CIC and learn for yourself. The ACC is "attempting" something like that, but I don't think it can or will in today's environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4vt View Post
    The B1G does things differently. It really doe$. Google CIC and learn for yourself. The ACC is "attempting" something like that, but I don't think it can or will in today's environment.
    Give the poor guy a break, he's been consistently wrong so many times that he might legitimately be going cuckoo.

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    AAU status is only important to Big 10 WRT conference expansion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4vt View Post
    Well, FSU may have ND type appeal to the hurting B1G. And they would certainly take FSU, and all of its other appealing aspects, if they could bring GT, UVA, and UNC with them. I think the B1G could see FSU reaching AAU status within a decade w/ CIC inclusion anyhow.
    Despite what many in the blogosphere think, I don't see the B1G offering GT or UVa. They don't fit the profile. They're too small. ND is truly a special case: broad national appeal (Catholics are the single largest religious group in the US), Midwest location, existing rivalries, and tradition. Rutgers and MD fit the B1G profile -- large student body, land-grant status, AAU membership. The only one of those characteristics that truly fits UNC, GT, and UVa is the AAU membership. And I don't think FSU is going to reach AAU status any time soon, even with CIC support. They're sort of the anti-Tech -- too little focus on graduate STEM. Only about 5% of their PhDs are awarded in STEM fields -- the bulk are in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. It's a lot easier to ramp up research in those (relatively) low-cost areas than it is in the STEM fields. I won't say "never," but it'd be truly surprising to see FSU join the AAU within a decade.

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    LOL. Good post.
    Quote Originally Posted by LSU Tiger View Post
    Notre Dame is not an AAU school. No conference wants them for that very reason. That is why they have been independent for so long.

    Conferences are all about academics. Athletics have nothing to do with it. Think about that. How many major football programs would exist were it not for the supplementary funding they receive from their schools' physics departments?

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