Metro Conference Football: Where Are They Now?

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The Metro Conference was a very good basketball conference back in the day. In fact, the pinnacle of Virginia Tech basketball was achieved while the school was part of the Metro, along with Louisville, Florida State, Memphis, and others.

The Metro Conference was one of those leagues that did not have football. It was basically like the Big East before the Big East added football in 1991. Metro Conference members who had a football team were Independents on the gridiron. The Big East saved itself for more than a decade because they added football. The Metro went out of business in 1995 partly because they didn’t add football.

Super Conferences are one of the topics of college football these days, particularly during the summer months. What many don’t realize was that the Metro once explored created college football’s first Super Conference back in 1990. It would have been a 16-team league divided into two divisions.

North: Boston College, Cincinnati, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
South: East Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tulane

Raycom Sports actually conducted the study for the Metro Conference. According to Wikipedia, it wasn’t clear at the time if the Super Conference would play football. Personally, I don’t see the point of creating such a conference if football wasn’t going to be played. None of that matters now. Florida State went to the ACC, and South Carolina joined the SEC. Many of the other major schools on that list were gobbled up by the Big East. The rest were left out of major conferences.

Today we’re going to take a look back at the Metro Conference in its prime (early to mid-80s) and see the tracks the different football programs have taken through the years. I’m also going to include East Carolina because that school was very similar to Virginia Tech in size and scope before the Hokies joined the Big East.

I’ll throw all the data out there before we get into the meat of the article. First, 1980s football records…

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