ASUN Conference, Atlanta, Ga. - the only DI conference headquartered in the ATL, our footprint's primary media, sports, business, transportation and cultural hub However, ASUN policy will permit members to declare their own football status. - On December 13, 2019, the ASUN released a public statement regarding expansion candidates. By Jeffrey Scott. The ability to start a new conference is one of those options and it is under construction. Mark Edwards: After snaring JSU, there's more to come for ASUN Conference Monday night, the conference issued a release restating that. The primary focus of the next ASUN expansion phase will be to move to six football members that play scholarship FCS football. In one of the future scenarios, the current ASUN members partner with expansion members to form a new DI multisport conference. The ASun's very own equivalent of the VAA. d)  The CCSA adopts the ASUN name as a multisport conference ATLANTA, Ga. - Ten months ago the ASUN announced plans to explore a major expansion plan. But with the conference not having a football league at the moment – though it plans to in the future – what does that mean for the Gamecocks? On November 6, the ASUN Presidents' Council confirmed its commitment to multi-school expansion, and approved specific action steps to put the ASUN at the forefront of mid-major conference realignment in the southeast. 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Contractual agreements will be signed with every current ASUN member to guarantee their conference slot, without any buy-in, buy-out or loss of AQ access benefits. Students First! Nationally: ASUN announces additions of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and possibly FCS football Interview with ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart This expansion plan does not exclude any current ASUN member or ASUN affiliate member in any sport. Through existing and developing conference partnerships, and future expansion plans, all ASUN FCS scholarship football programs will have immediate and ongoing annual access to automatic … - We are in the process of building options for our member institutions. - This is addressed generally in article 18 of the championship bylaws (18.5 Automatic Qualification by Conference), and specifically in the Executive Regulations (31.3.4 Automatic Qualification). Is there an agreement in place that all seven are committed to join for 2023? The FAQ section below pertains to the specific steps on how the ASUN would collaborate with the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) to build a new multisport conference. The decision to file the letter is to formally go on record with the NCAA to preserve the opportunity before any change in rules or moratorium on new conference development could be put in place. ASUN commissioner Ted Gumbart isn’t in the business of settling in on one option when it comes to conference expansion. c)  The ASUN 7 join the CCSA (July 1, 2023) Impact. This process elected the CCSA to Division I Conference membership. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in … e)  The remaining ASUN members adopt the name United Athletic Conference. Gumbart said basketball is the league's primary sport. - The consideration of expanding to 20 schools became a reasonable proposal based on private exploration of multiple ASUN expansion options. a) ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) b) The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA. The ASUN Future and Conference Merger in Division 3 . The creation of the new conference will only happen if there is a group of institutions that share the same vision. >> What if the ASUN expands and then the legislative proposal to acknowledge the CCSA as a Core Conference fails? The CCSA is now a multisport conference. On November 6, the ASUN Presidents' Council confirmed its commitment to multi-school expansion, and approved specific action steps to put the ASUN at the forefront of mid-major conference realignment in the southeast. The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA. Posted: Jan 22, 2020. a)  ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) This statement will hold true through the CCSA/ASUN collaboration process. It was fully anticipated that at some point two things would happen; No. Connect. - Two current (Liberty, North Alabama) and one future member (Bellarmine) of the ASUN are not classified as part of the ASUN 7, simply based on the length of time they have been in the ASUN. Just trying to figure out the best and most realistic options for the A-Sun. a) ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June 2023) b) The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA c) The ASUN 6 join the CCSA (July 1, 2023) Additional References: The parenthetical references are to the applicable bylaw in the 2019-2020 NCAA Division I Manual. - In the case of the ASUN and CCSA working together to build a new multisport conference, both conference entities are already formed. The ASUN must submit bids for automatic qualification by Monday, and if you were wondering why the expansion announcement came Friday instead of later, there's your answer. The key elements are having a minimum of seven active members who play men's and women's basketball and have played the required minimum number of sports (six men's sports & six women's sports) together for the previous eight years. ASUN announced Friday an expansion that includes JSU, Eastern Kentucky, Central Arkansas and welcomes nine other teams making the conference total up to twelve teams. >> How do NCAA Division I institutions form a new conference? The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. The ASUN will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). >> Why did the CCSA have to file a letter now with the NCAA? Goodman tweeted that the ASUN … “On November 6, the ASUN Presidents’ Council confirmed its commitment to multi-school expansion, and approved specific action steps to put the ASUN at the forefront of mid-major conference realignment in the southeast,” the ASUN press release reads. Schools must have played together for eight consecutive years to become part of the "continuity" group that can start a new conference. >> What happens to the other current ASUN members - the ones that are not part of the ASUN 7? The ultimate goal is to provide the best conference setting possible for our student-athletes and the institutions that they attend. >> What policies explain how the CCSA will become eligible for NCAA Automatic Qualification and receive an AQ for men's basketball? ABOUT THE ASUN CONFERENCE The ASUN, a Division I conference member of the NCAA, boasts a membership of institutions that share visionary leadership, bold ambition and creative innovation. Proposed steps for expansion. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. This will occur by having seven current ASUN institutions (the ASUN 7), which meet the NCAA "continuity" requirement, join the CCSA for all sports. c) The ASUN 7 join the CCSA (July 1, 2023) d) The CCSA adopts the ASUN name as a multisport conference. In men's basketball, subject to the championships-access guarantee afforded to the subdivisions as set forth in Constitution 4.01.2.3.1 (e.g., all contests that are part of the championship shall be administered and funded by the NCAA and broadcast on television and any team that participates in the championship shall be awarded at least one financial unit), there shall be a minimum of 34 at-large selections and the remainder of the championship field automatic-qualifying positions. Forums in 'Atlantic Sun Conference Talk' Forum: Threads: Posts: Last Post: Atlantic Sun Smack Talk. >> The CCSA has invited the ASUN 7 to join. But this conference, is one that could have some traction. Right now the ASUN and CCSA are separate entities. b)  The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA 1. The primary focus of the next ASUN expansion phase will be to move to six football members that play scholarship FCS football. I don't think D2 schools was the only reason the A-Sun/Big South football deal was made. Once multisport status is achieved, the conference is eligible for legislative approval to be classified as a Core Conference; core conference status permits automatic qualification (AQ) into NCAA Championships. No one school will be committed to move without the accompanying commitment from the others that would make the UAC possible. On Wednesday, the ASUN Conference and Commissioner Ted Gumbart issued a very confusing statement that the league membership has “committed to a full exploration of multiple expansion opportunities. - That is a reasonable question that has already been discussed in our expansion talks with multiple parties. With the need for national office confirmation on the plan's compliance with NCAA bylaws, the letter was submitted. The chronological steps in this plan are: The ASUN, a Division I conference member of the NCAA, boasts a membership of institutions that share visionary leadership, bold ambition and creative innovation. ASUN still has their normal autobid and CCSA is still a single sport conference. By 2013, the ongoing NCAA Division I conference realignment led the group of schools called the Catholic 7 to withdraw from the Big East to start a new conference. The ASUN would continue as a non-football conference. "The ASUN has operated with members … FGCU’s Director … 3. Meeting the required membership and sponsored sports for eight consecutive years is termed "continuity.". Rise. The Bears, Colonels and Gamecocks all become members of the ASUN Conference starting with the 2021-22 season and increases the ASUN membership to 12 institutions. The timing of the submission coincides with the knowledge that the plan is no longer confidential. In 2010 the Big East had 17 members, seven that played basketball but did not sponsor football, later dubbed the Catholic 7 (DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova), eight that played all sports, including football (Cincinnati, Connecticut, Syracuse, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, West Virginia) and one that played all sports except that it remained independent in football (Notre Dame). Gumbart would not elaborate as to where the ASUN was in its hopes to secure the expansion to 20 members. 1) ASUN expands to 20 teams. The Mountain West Conference was formed by eight institutions that withdrew from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The ASUN will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). 84: ... Why did the ASUN expansion thread close? 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"We will not comment on specific institutions with which we have had discussions, but we are confident that we will partner with institutions boasting innovative, visionary leadership that will join us in building a more stable, more sustainable, more sensible structure for mid-major collegiate athletics over the next decade. - There are clearly defined criteria that separate the status of a conference member vs a "multisport" conference member (20.02.5 Multisport Conference). There is no pre-existing contract that dictates the future for any ASUN member institution. However, as a voted issue, each voter has the right to vote yes or no. Feb. 11. If the market dynamics that motivate institutional realignment do not present the opportunity to expand to 20, then the ASUN has alternate options, including the continued growth and success of the ASUN as a 10-member conference. Follow @ASUNSports. With the expansion of JSU, Central Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky, the ASUN now has 12 members. ", The ASUN welcomes the opportunity to provide additional details to those media parties interested in the ASUN. >> Has the new conference already been formed? e) The remaining ASUN members adopt the name United Athletic … For the ASUN 7, the ultimate decision on whether to accept the CCSA invitation will rest on the ability of the plan to succeed in the marketplace. "The planning done by our Presidents' Council over the past two years has put us in the proverbial catbird seat," said Gumbart. But recent media buzz suggests big things are potentially happening with the Atlantic Sun Conference, or ASUN, and the Western Athletic Conference, or WAC. - The option to create the new conference is one option among many being explored by the ASUN. 2020. >> What if the ASUN doesn't expand to 20 schools? The plan is CEO driven and it is designed to provide the best possible setting for student-athlete and institutional success. The ASUN appears to be moving closer to the expansion that it had announced in January it was seeking. The ASUN has 9 basketball members but 3 play scholarship football (2 FCS, 1 FBS), which is a major source of instability because the minimum number of schools for an auto-bid is 7. The "new" conference negotiated to use the Big East name and logo; the remaining group continued operation under a new name, the American Athletic Conference. - There are multiple precedents for starting a new conference and being immediately recognized by the NCAA with eligibility for automatic bids. There’s now plenty of in-state connections in the ASUN Conference. >> What if the ASUN expands to some number fewer than 20, and the ASUN 7 don't all agree to join the CCSA? However, he did say that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the conference some curveballs. The CCSA will change status from a single sport conference member of the NCAA to a multisport conference entity. As we would be following the policies established by the membership, meeting the precedent established by other members, and only proceeding based on the desire of multiple NCAA member institutions to build a better setting for their student-athletes, we project that the legislation would pass. 2) The ASUN 7 (plus UNA and Bellarmine, and maybe a few others D-II expansion candidates) join the CCSA. The motivation for the moves vary somewhat. - NCAA member schools may join together to form a conference (3.02.3.2 Member Conference, 3.3.3.2 Member Conference Election). This Q&A deals specifically with how the ASUN and CCSA will create a "Multisport" conference. >> Is there any precedent to what the CCSA and ASUN are doing? Connect. On Friday afternoon, the ASUN officially announced the addition of FCS scholarship football and an expansion of the conference, adding Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State. 2: 188: 12-07-2020 07:00 PM Last Post: … Harold J. Solomon IV Sports Editor On Jan. 22, the ASUN Conference and commissioner Ted Gumbart announced that the league is exploring the possibility of expanding their membership to other schools. Central Arkansas will be the westernmost school in the conference. ASUN Announces Exploration of Expansion & Building New NCAA Division I Multisport Conference. This will allow the ASUN to qualify for an FCS playoff spot without relying on a conference partnership. The ASUN will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). 2, that certain details of the plan would eventually become known. "The ASUN's goal remains singularly focussed: how can we maximize the opportunities we provide to our student-athletes, our teams, and our member institutions to achieve at the highest level, academically and athletically," stated ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart. Most are just a fantasy conference when we are talking in the slow season. ATLANTA, Ga. - The ASUN Conference and Commissioner Ted Gumbart announced on Wednesday afternoon that the league membership has committed to a full exploration of multiple expansion opportunities. On Friday afternoon, the ASUN officially announced the addition of FCS scholarship football and an expansion of the conference, adding Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State. In one of the future scenarios, the current ASUN members partner with expansion members to form a new DI multisport conference.” Rise. 1, the interested schools would need NCAA confirmation that the policies allow for this activity, and No. The most recent case, executed under the current NCAA conference membership rules, was the case of the Big East and the Catholic 7. >> What schools will join the ASUN to enable it to expand from 10 to 20 members? “This is an exciting day for Jacksonville State University, for our student athletes, for our alumni and for our fans,” Jacksonville … The implementation of this plan will include ALL ASUN members equally, and providing a conference setting that is equal to, or better than, the status quo is a requisite part of the plan. "The ASUN Futures Committee remains extremely confident that it will have options in the next expansion phase." 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