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  • Ashland to the GMAC

    For 2021-22.



    https://goashlandeagles.com/general/...20200518e5pdhh

  • #2
    I never thought it would happen. WELCOME ASHLAND EAGLES!!!

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    • #3
      Ashland might not lose a GMAC athletic contest of any kind for a decade.

      (Sorry, had to take a shot)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KleShreen View Post
        Ashland might not lose a GMAC athletic contest of any kind for a decade.

        (Sorry, had to take a shot)
        No problem (big smile emoji) <<<I miss emojis, kind of like the GLIAC will miss Ashland. (another big smile emoji)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KleShreen View Post
          Ashland might not lose a GMAC athletic contest of any kind for a decade.

          (Sorry, had to take a shot)
          Ha tell that to ODU... and Findlay.... next up tiffin, hillsdale. Excited to have them. Won't be a cake walk tho.

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          • #6
            Excellent addition !! Football will be very competitive and could lead to two in the postseason. May give NDC a bit more interest in moving over from the MEC.

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            • #7
              RIP GLIAC

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KleShreen View Post
                Ashland might not lose a GMAC athletic contest of any kind for a decade.

                (Sorry, had to take a shot)
                Kle is quite clearly either a delusional Ashland fan that thinks they will cake walk through the GMAC (won’t happen), OR a GVSU fan who is trying to feel better about losing to an Ashland team at home last year that got beat by almost 40 by Findlay. Sorry, had to take a shot

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jim McElwain View Post
                  RIP GLIAC
                  Jim is probably right here. Down to 8 football schools and rumor is that could drop even more. People tout the GLIAC as the best in the country, but feels like that era is over. The conference is bleeding schools. Hard not to believe the current commissioner of that league has something to do with it. Since she’s taken over, they’ve taken a shard decline (obviously GV is GV but outside them, struggling)

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                  • #10
                    Who's next Northwood? Indy? Notre Dame?

                    Who leaves? Ohio Valley? AB? Trevecca?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CousinRoy View Post
                      Who's next Northwood? Indy? Notre Dame?

                      Who leaves? Ohio Valley? AB? Trevecca?
                      I'm not sure why Northwood would ever leave the GLIAC. They're directly in the middle of the entire GLIAC footprint. A change to any other conference would blow up their travel budget. Their closest opponent would be Hillsdale at 3 hours and then Findlay at 4.5 hours and NDC at 5 hours. Right now they can reach every GLIAC school besides Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, and Wisconsin-Parkside within 4 hours.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KleShreen View Post

                        I'm not sure why Northwood would ever leave the GLIAC. They're directly in the middle of the entire GLIAC footprint. A change to any other conference would blow up their travel budget. Their closest opponent would be Hillsdale at 3 hours and then Findlay at 4.5 hours and NDC at 5 hours. Right now they can reach every GLIAC school besides Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, and Wisconsin-Parkside within 4 hours.
                        This conference is really screwed by their geography very much like the NE10. Other than FCS schools moving down or D3 schools moving up there truly are no apparent options. Like the MEC they could merge with GMAC in a Northern/Southern two division league which would mitigate the threat of schools closing/dropping FB, but like the MEC I don't see them taking this radical, but logical, step.

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                        • #13
                          I see these comments regarding “the G-MAC could merge with the MEC” or “the G-MAC could merge with the GLIAC”. I’m not quite understanding that. Many of these OH schools have been desirous of an OH-centric D2 conference for 10 to 15 (or more) years. Why would they want to merge now?

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                          • #14
                            Why would the G-MAC right now want to merge with any conference? I don't get this! This conference, especially the commissioner, has taken a conference on life-support to now a conference with a clear vision and a promising future.

                            The G-MAC was left for dead no more than 5 years ago. Nobody reached out to the G-MAC then. Certainly not the MEC. And when the G-MAC originally tried to expand with two southern NAIA schools, two members of the NCAA expansion committee from some of these same conferences voted NO. Oh well. Maybe the G-MAC would not have expanded with former GLIAC members had the KY/TN NAIA expansion had gone along as planned.

                            The G-MAC has gone from 2 football schools to 9 football schools in less than 5 years. The other two conferences, quite frankly, are losing members to other conference or picking up members that don't have football.

                            The G-MAC is a conference comprised of ALL private schools with similar values. The MEC is run by a holdover form the old West Liberty administration.....an administration that spent their entire lives in the public sector. Do you really see any similarities between the G-MAC and MEC? I am not interested in schools like Fairmont State and West Liberty wanting to call the shots because many of us know with experience how things will turn out with any such merger.

                            A merger AIN'T happening!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JDonAB92 View Post
                              Why would the G-MAC right now want to merge with any conference? I don't get this! This conference, especially the commissioner, has taken a conference on life-support to now a conference with a clear vision and a promising future.

                              The G-MAC was left for dead no more than 5 years ago. Nobody reached out to the G-MAC then. Certainly not the MEC. And when the G-MAC originally tried to expand with two southern NAIA schools, two members of the NCAA expansion committee from some of these same conferences voted NO. Oh well. Maybe the G-MAC would not have expanded with former GLIAC members had the KY/TN NAIA expansion had gone along as planned.

                              The G-MAC has gone from 2 football schools to 9 football schools in less than 5 years. The other two conferences, quite frankly, are losing members to other conference or picking up members that don't have football.

                              The G-MAC is a conference comprised of ALL private schools with similar values. The MEC is run by a holdover form the old West Liberty administration.....an administration that spent their entire lives in the public sector. Do you really see any similarities between the G-MAC and MEC? I am not interested in schools like Fairmont State and West Liberty wanting to call the shots because many of us know with experience how things will turn out with any such merger.

                              A merger AIN'T happening!
                              Why...big picture view that doesn't bode well for private colleges and even remote possibilities would suggest considering all options. The GMAC has done a great job in it's growth but this situation is unique in American collegiate history. For many years the PSAC was exclusively PASSHE schools but when they needed to expand for stability, the first four on board were private schools. There really isn't any relationship other than sports in what seems to be a successful partnership. You are correct it's not going to happen, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be looked into.

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