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Analyzing the Geographic impact of a Potential C-USA & Sun Belt Realignment


Before we explore realignment, let’s review the current configuration of each conference

Based upon the current alignment shown within the maps, it can be seen that both conferences encompass a large portion of the United States across three time zones.

  • CUSA spans from far Western Texas (UTEP) all the way to the Atlantic coast in Virginia (Old Dominion)

  • The Sun Belt spans from central Texas (Texas State & UT Arlington) all the way to the coast in South Carolina (Coastal Carolina)

After analyzing the members of each conference we’ve realigned both conferences based on geographic locations. The current Conference USA office is located in Dallas so we decided the new western conference would retain the Conference USA name with the eastern conference assuming the Sun Belt name. In reality, it doesn’t matter which side has which name.

In order to see if any reduction in total area and perimeter was achieved we need to find the current parameters of each conference

*note that the perimeter and area of the following conferences are calculated by member schools who appear on the line of the perimeter. All other member schools appear within the area encompassed. The following numbers are approximate

Now using the same parameters as above here is the updated perimeter and areas of the newly realigned conferences

Conference USA would reduce its total area by 71% if it realigned by geography and its total perimeter would reduce by 45%.

The Sun Belt would increase its total area by 24% and the total perimeter would reduce by 4%. However, the data does reflect the fact that twelve of the 14 teams (85.7%) would be within a much smaller geographic area than before. These 12 include every school except FAU & FIU and is reflected below.

When you exclude the Florida schools (who would be grouped together for travel purposes and be flown to anyway), the total area of the conference would reduce 37% and the total perimeter by 4% for the remaining twelve schools of the conference (85.7% of the members))

In order to further understand the impacts of the realigned conferences we’ve decided to analyze the geographic distance of a school in each region (West, East, South, and Central)

*Distances and mileage are based on information gathered from Google Maps.

UTEP’s average distance between current conference opponents is 1,311.31 miles. If the conferences realigned the average distance between its conference opponents would be reduced to 823.27 miles.

FIU’s average distance between current conference opponents is 1,019.48 miles. If the conferences realigned the average distance between its conference opponents would be reduced to 736.1 miles.

Appalachian State’s average distance between current conference opponents is 650.55 miles. If the conferences realigned the average distance between its conference opponents would be reduced to 417.08 miles.

UL Monroe’s average distance between current conference opponents is 448.45 miles. If the conferences realigned the average distance between its conference opponents would be reduced to 340.3 miles.

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