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DEL Time: 11:10
Request For: College Basketball
Request Title: CUSA Should Be a Tier 2 Conference
In the spirit of realism, Conference USA should no longer be designated as a Tier 1 (major) conference in CBEL. In real-life, CUSA has not managed to gain an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament since 2012! Since that time, Conference USA has been a single-bid (Tier 2) conference every year.
Since the only current human coach in CUSA is Luke McCann of North Texas, it would be relatively easy (at the end of Season 105) to either give Luke his choice of any other vacant Tier 1 program in a different conference, or else allow him to "transfer" his entire returning North Texas roster to another Tier 1 school (as was allowed when the original tier system was implemented).

Category: Other
Status: In Review (last updated Jan 31 21:48:11 2021 )
Priority: Under Discussion

Admin Notes

Submitted Jan 31 16:27:03 2021 by Dagger Dave DD
Coaches In Favor of Change: Dagger Dave DD, Stephen Thompson, Ron BK, Dave Ayres, Loren Smith
Coaches Opposed to Change: none

Stephen Thompson (Feb 4 11:14:39 2021 ): I agree - this is actually a great point. In terms of overall bids historically, it sits well behind every other "power conference", nestled securely between the West Coast Conference and the Ivy League, which are tier 2 and tier 3 in dolphinsim, respectively. Back when C-USA was founded and it had Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati and Marquette, it really was a tier 1 conference. But all of those schools left back in 2005 and the conference is really a mid-major at best now.
Ron BK (Feb 7 09:41:37 2021 ): I agree that all of the tiers across all college sports should looked at and adjusted.
Dave Ayres (Jun 26 10:28:19 2021 ): The conclusion of the current Season 106 would be the perfect time to make this change and demote Conference USA to Tier 2. Just ONE CUSA member (Old Dominion) made the Dolphin Dance, and just one human coach (Luke McCann, whose team did NOT make the tourney) resides in the entire conference. It should be relatively easy to transfer Luke to a decent program in another Tier 1 league. The change would also give coaches wishing to "double dip" a lot of extra alternative schools from which to select a team.

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