> Is there any precedent to what the CCSA and ASUN are doing? Right now the ASUN and CCSA are separate entities. 2, that certain details of the plan would eventually become known. 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 … - 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). - On December 13, 2019, the ASUN released a public statement regarding expansion candidates. As a nimble adaptive conference, unafraid to blaze a national pathway for better service to our student-athletes, teams, and institutions, the ASUN has a proud history of firsts, national academic and athletic achievements and a conference culture that walks the walk with its four ASUN Beams. 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. The creation of the new conference will only happen if there is a group of institutions that share the same vision. Monday night, the conference issued a release restating that. 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 timing of the submission coincides with the knowledge that the plan is no longer confidential. The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA. ASUN Conference, Atlanta, Ga. - the only DI conference headquartered in the ATL, our footprint's primary media, sports, business, transportation and cultural hub Interview with ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart Posted: Jan 22, 2020. The ASUN Conference, a member of NCAA Division I, boasts nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. >> What if the ASUN expands to some number fewer than 20, and the ASUN 7 don't all agree to join the CCSA? There’s now plenty of in-state connections in the ASUN Conference. lion1983. ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) 2. Rise. Students First! Impact. Mark Edwards: After snaring JSU, there's more to come for ASUN Conference a) ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) b) The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA. For the 2021 season, things are still up in the air. Students First! The ASUN Future and Conference Merger in Division 3 . This expansion plan does not exclude any current ASUN member or ASUN affiliate member in any sport. ABOUT THE ASUN CONFERENCE The ASUN Conference, formerly the Atlantic Sun Conference, is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States.The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and will begin sponsoring football in 2022. 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 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. No one school will be committed to move without the accompanying commitment from the others that would make the UAC possible. ", The ASUN welcomes the opportunity to provide additional details to those media parties interested in the ASUN. This Q&A deals specifically with how the ASUN and CCSA will create a "Multisport" conference. "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. 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. - That is a reasonable question that has already been discussed in our expansion talks with multiple parties. >> What policies explain how the CCSA will become eligible for NCAA Automatic Qualification and receive an AQ for men's basketball? 3. Connect. "The planning done by our Presidents' Council over the past two years has put us in the proverbial catbird seat," said Gumbart. 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The Mountain West Conference was formed by eight institutions that withdrew from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The ultimate goal is to provide the best conference setting possible for our student-athletes and the institutions that they attend. 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. ATLANTA, Ga. - Ten months ago the ASUN announced plans to explore a major expansion plan. 2: 188: 12-07-2020 07:00 PM Last Post: … I don't think D2 schools was the only reason the A-Sun/Big South football deal was made. - The option to create the new conference is one option among many being explored by 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 will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). 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. Impact. “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. - In the case of the ASUN and CCSA working together to build a new multisport conference, both conference entities are already formed. Is there an agreement in place that all seven are committed to join for 2023? 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). - The ASUN has built its expansion plan options over the past 15 months. >> What if the ASUN doesn't expand to 20 schools? “This is an exciting day for Jacksonville State University, for our student athletes, for our alumni and for our fans,” Jacksonville … >> What if the ASUN expands and then the legislative proposal to acknowledge the CCSA as a Core Conference fails? "The ASUN Futures Committee remains extremely confident that it will have options in the next expansion phase." The ASUN appears to be moving closer to the expansion that it had announced in January it was seeking. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. - 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. ASUN commissioner Ted Gumbart isn’t in the business of settling in on one option when it comes to conference expansion. - The consideration of expanding to 20 schools became a reasonable proposal based on private exploration of multiple ASUN expansion options. The addition of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., will bring the ASUN membership to ten for the 2020-21 academic year. Feb. 11. In one of the future scenarios, the current ASUN members partner with expansion members to form a new DI multisport conference. This will allow the ASUN to qualify for an FCS playoff spot without relying on a conference … This will occur by having seven current ASUN institutions (the ASUN 7), which meet the NCAA "continuity" requirement, join the CCSA for all sports. Despite changing dynamics in conference realignment based on institutional moves over the past six months and the new reality of financial stress from the pandemic, the ASUN continues to lead the discussion on realignment in its footprint. It followed up a pair of Twitter posts earlier in the day by Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com and Jeff Goodman of Stadium. 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 … 31.3.4.7.2 Men's Basketball. If the opportunity to build a new conference does not provide a better setting for the interested schools, then the plan will not be executed. 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. Proposed steps for expansion. "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. This statement will hold true through the CCSA/ASUN collaboration process. 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But recent media buzz suggests big things are potentially happening with the Atlantic Sun Conference, or ASUN, and the Western Athletic Conference, or WAC. >> Why did the CCSA have to file a letter now with the NCAA? Just trying to figure out the best and most realistic options for the A-Sun. >> The CCSA has invited the ASUN 7 to join. The primary focus of the next ASUN expansion phase will be to move to six football members that play scholarship FCS football. - We are in the process of building options for our member institutions. The CCSA will change status from a single sport conference member of the NCAA to a multisport conference entity. Follow @ASUNSports. Central Arkansas says that the East … Connect. The ASUN will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The ASUN would continue as a non-football conference. The ASun's very own equivalent of the VAA. The ASUN Presidents’ Council set forth a plan in November of 2019, and this bold expansion is a direct result of the Council’s vision and willingness to activate a bold and innovative plan. With the need for national office confirmation on the plan's compliance with NCAA bylaws, the letter was submitted. 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) The ASUN 7 (plus UNA and Bellarmine, and maybe a few others D-II expansion candidates) join the CCSA. #ASUNBuilt by Bellarmine (Louisville), FGCU (Fort Myers), Jacksonville (Fla.), Kennesaw State (Ga.), Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.), Lipscomb (Nashville), North Alabama (Florence), North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.), and Stetson (DeLand, Fla.). Nationally: ASUN announces additions of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and possibly FCS football ASUN Announces Exploration of Expansion & Building New NCAA Division I Multisport Conference. If the vote was negative, we would certainly appeal. Media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to Patrick McCoy, ASUN Associate Commissioner for Strategic Communications . However, he did say that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the conference some curveballs. The CCSA is now a multisport conference. b)  The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA c) The ASUN 7 join the CCSA (July 1, 2023) d) The CCSA adopts the ASUN name as a multisport conference. It was fully anticipated that at some point two things would happen; No. When the Western Athletic Conference announced its expansion Jan. 14, it was a matter of time before the Atlantic Sun’s expansion was announced. 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Forums in 'Atlantic Sun Conference Talk' Forum: Threads: Posts: Last Post: Atlantic Sun Smack Talk. Goodman tweeted that the ASUN … 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. "The ASUN has operated with members … 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. One of the considered scenarios is to merge with the CCSA to build a new multisport conference. Gumbart said basketball is the league's primary sport. 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. 2020. The ASUN expansion plan considered football a central point." 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. a)  ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) Central Arkansas will be the westernmost school in the conference. 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. However, as a voted issue, each voter has the right to vote yes or no. There is no pre-existing contract that dictates the future for any ASUN member institution. 1, the interested schools would need NCAA confirmation that the policies allow for this activity, and No. The parenthetical references are to the applicable bylaw in the 2019-2020 NCAA Division I Manual. 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. We have a number of options under construction. Meeting the required membership and sponsored sports for eight consecutive years is termed "continuity.". The ASUN becomes the 15th NCAA Division I Conference to sponsor FCS Football. 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. ASUN still has their normal autobid and CCSA is still a single sport conference. With the expansion of JSU, Central Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky, the ASUN now has 12 members. 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. Moderated By: GE and MTS, KennesawBasketball. However, ASUN policy will permit members to declare their own football status. 1) ASUN expands to 20 teams. The chronological steps in this plan are: 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. ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June 2023) The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA The ASUN 7 join the CCSA (July 1, 2023) The CCSA adopts the ASUN name as a multisport conference The remaining ASUN members adopt the name United Athletic Conference >> Is there any precedent to what the CCSA and ASUN are doing? Right now the ASUN and CCSA are separate entities. 2, that certain details of the plan would eventually become known. 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 … - 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). - On December 13, 2019, the ASUN released a public statement regarding expansion candidates. As a nimble adaptive conference, unafraid to blaze a national pathway for better service to our student-athletes, teams, and institutions, the ASUN has a proud history of firsts, national academic and athletic achievements and a conference culture that walks the walk with its four ASUN Beams. 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. The creation of the new conference will only happen if there is a group of institutions that share the same vision. Monday night, the conference issued a release restating that. 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 timing of the submission coincides with the knowledge that the plan is no longer confidential. The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA. ASUN Conference, Atlanta, Ga. - the only DI conference headquartered in the ATL, our footprint's primary media, sports, business, transportation and cultural hub Interview with ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart Posted: Jan 22, 2020. The ASUN Conference, a member of NCAA Division I, boasts nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. >> What if the ASUN expands to some number fewer than 20, and the ASUN 7 don't all agree to join the CCSA? There’s now plenty of in-state connections in the ASUN Conference. lion1983. ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) 2. Rise. Students First! Impact. Mark Edwards: After snaring JSU, there's more to come for ASUN Conference a) ASUN Conference expands to 20 members (by June, 2023) b) The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA. For the 2021 season, things are still up in the air. Students First! The ASUN Future and Conference Merger in Division 3 . This expansion plan does not exclude any current ASUN member or ASUN affiliate member in any sport. ABOUT THE ASUN CONFERENCE The ASUN Conference, formerly the Atlantic Sun Conference, is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States.The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and will begin sponsoring football in 2022. 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 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. No one school will be committed to move without the accompanying commitment from the others that would make the UAC possible. ", The ASUN welcomes the opportunity to provide additional details to those media parties interested in the ASUN. This Q&A deals specifically with how the ASUN and CCSA will create a "Multisport" conference. "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. 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. - That is a reasonable question that has already been discussed in our expansion talks with multiple parties. >> What policies explain how the CCSA will become eligible for NCAA Automatic Qualification and receive an AQ for men's basketball? 3. Connect. "The planning done by our Presidents' Council over the past two years has put us in the proverbial catbird seat," said Gumbart. 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The Mountain West Conference was formed by eight institutions that withdrew from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The ultimate goal is to provide the best conference setting possible for our student-athletes and the institutions that they attend. 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. ATLANTA, Ga. - Ten months ago the ASUN announced plans to explore a major expansion plan. 2: 188: 12-07-2020 07:00 PM Last Post: … I don't think D2 schools was the only reason the A-Sun/Big South football deal was made. - The option to create the new conference is one option among many being explored by 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 will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). 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. Impact. “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. - In the case of the ASUN and CCSA working together to build a new multisport conference, both conference entities are already formed. Is there an agreement in place that all seven are committed to join for 2023? 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). - The ASUN has built its expansion plan options over the past 15 months. >> What if the ASUN doesn't expand to 20 schools? “This is an exciting day for Jacksonville State University, for our student athletes, for our alumni and for our fans,” Jacksonville … >> What if the ASUN expands and then the legislative proposal to acknowledge the CCSA as a Core Conference fails? "The ASUN Futures Committee remains extremely confident that it will have options in the next expansion phase." The ASUN appears to be moving closer to the expansion that it had announced in January it was seeking. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. - 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. ASUN commissioner Ted Gumbart isn’t in the business of settling in on one option when it comes to conference expansion. - The consideration of expanding to 20 schools became a reasonable proposal based on private exploration of multiple ASUN expansion options. The addition of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., will bring the ASUN membership to ten for the 2020-21 academic year. Feb. 11. In one of the future scenarios, the current ASUN members partner with expansion members to form a new DI multisport conference. This will allow the ASUN to qualify for an FCS playoff spot without relying on a conference … This will occur by having seven current ASUN institutions (the ASUN 7), which meet the NCAA "continuity" requirement, join the CCSA for all sports. Despite changing dynamics in conference realignment based on institutional moves over the past six months and the new reality of financial stress from the pandemic, the ASUN continues to lead the discussion on realignment in its footprint. It followed up a pair of Twitter posts earlier in the day by Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com and Jeff Goodman of Stadium. 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 … 31.3.4.7.2 Men's Basketball. If the opportunity to build a new conference does not provide a better setting for the interested schools, then the plan will not be executed. 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. Proposed steps for expansion. "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. This statement will hold true through the CCSA/ASUN collaboration process. 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But recent media buzz suggests big things are potentially happening with the Atlantic Sun Conference, or ASUN, and the Western Athletic Conference, or WAC. >> Why did the CCSA have to file a letter now with the NCAA? Just trying to figure out the best and most realistic options for the A-Sun. >> The CCSA has invited the ASUN 7 to join. The primary focus of the next ASUN expansion phase will be to move to six football members that play scholarship FCS football. - We are in the process of building options for our member institutions. The CCSA will change status from a single sport conference member of the NCAA to a multisport conference entity. Follow @ASUNSports. Central Arkansas says that the East … Connect. The ASUN will begin sponsorship of scholarship football in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The ASUN would continue as a non-football conference. The ASun's very own equivalent of the VAA. The ASUN Presidents’ Council set forth a plan in November of 2019, and this bold expansion is a direct result of the Council’s vision and willingness to activate a bold and innovative plan. With the need for national office confirmation on the plan's compliance with NCAA bylaws, the letter was submitted. 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) The ASUN 7 (plus UNA and Bellarmine, and maybe a few others D-II expansion candidates) join the CCSA. #ASUNBuilt by Bellarmine (Louisville), FGCU (Fort Myers), Jacksonville (Fla.), Kennesaw State (Ga.), Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.), Lipscomb (Nashville), North Alabama (Florence), North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.), and Stetson (DeLand, Fla.). Nationally: ASUN announces additions of Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and possibly FCS football ASUN Announces Exploration of Expansion & Building New NCAA Division I Multisport Conference. If the vote was negative, we would certainly appeal. Media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to Patrick McCoy, ASUN Associate Commissioner for Strategic Communications . However, he did say that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the conference some curveballs. The CCSA is now a multisport conference. b)  The ASUN transfers rights to the ASUN name and marks to the CCSA c) The ASUN 7 join the CCSA (July 1, 2023) d) The CCSA adopts the ASUN name as a multisport conference. It was fully anticipated that at some point two things would happen; No. When the Western Athletic Conference announced its expansion Jan. 14, it was a matter of time before the Atlantic Sun’s expansion was announced. 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