2/25/2011 11:31 AM
Every few centuries, a cataclysmic event occurs that has the potential to impact civilization as we know it and change all of humanity for the better.

The new Conference USA is not such an event. But it should still be pretty cool.

A dedicated group of successful coaches have banded together from far-and-wide in an attempt to turn C-USA into a legitimate power conference. Here's the original crew:
2/25/2011 11:31 AM
East Standings
 
  School Coach Conf.
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Home
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Last 10 STRK RPI SOS
 
Marshall girt25 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  Memphis pjtrader21 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  S. Mississippi Weena 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  UAB options 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  E. Carolina zags27 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  Central Florida dacj501 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
 
 
 
 
 
West Standings
 
  School Coach Conf.
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Last 10 STRK RPI SOS
  Houston daveymac 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  UTEP southern3pri 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  Tulane Sim AI 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  Tulsa Sim AI 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  Rice storm2425 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
  SMU budlit 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0 0
3/4/2011 10:50 PM (edited)
Just because,,, I'll do a little conference rundown to put some sort of beginning to this awesome event.

*disclaimer: I just did a quick glance thru each team to make a note of where they have been (how deep in the gutter), and where they are right now as we begin this journey.

UAB - (D+) - Options, (first year after 6 seasons of sim)   This team was extremely mediocre last season...(not a bad thing as we'll see, mediocre is about as good as it gets here), finishing 8-8 in conference and 14-14 overall. They amassed a 200 RPI... return 7 players from that squad, with an overall average of 575.  UAB returns 7 players (2 starters), who played an average of 117 of the 200 mins available... scoring 43 ppg. I would be very surprised if Options can squeeze out another 8-8 season this year.. more like 5-11 is my WAG.

C. Florida - (C+) - Dacj501, (first year after 4 seasons of sim)  This team wasn't mediocre last season... they were bad. (4-23 and 4-12 in this stellar conference). They staggered to a 276 RPI... but I have to give them an inside track on UAB for this season... since they return 9 guys with an overall average of 607.... thus on paper they "should" own UAB both times they play em this season. C.Fla returns 137 minutes of that team last season, 3 -starters, and 49 ppg.... This team has had some better days and made the NT 4 of 7 seasons... and went all the way to the final dance under Aberwager. So the fans will surely pour back in a soon as Coach Dacj gets em headed back forward.

E. Carolina - (C) - Zags (First season after 5 sim seasons)  This team may have been the best one in the conference last season... if so, wow this was a ruf place to be. They did however get to the dance... and leave me a C to recruit with... which is a huge one-up on alot of the conference as we go forward the next few seasons... I tried not to waste it... but I tried also not to fire all 7 of my bullets this season... and be saddled with the largest class of lame recruits in Rupp. (the new recruits may not matter, who knows).... E.Car returns 1... count em, one starter from that team that went dancing and still managed only a 116 RPI. We return 85 minutes and 28 ppg..... OOOWWWW! Gonna be a long season in Eastern Carolina... but my Frosh will get to play alot.... I'm usually pretty hard on my teams... but this one might not win a game in conference... just bad, bad things here... i cut one guy just to not have him around for 3 seasons... prolly shoulda put more of em on that same bus home.
3/4/2011 11:10 PM (edited)
Marshall - (D+) - Girt  (First season after one season of sim) This team looks to me like they "should" be one of the better teams in the East this season. Last season they went 10-19 and 6-10 in conference. I really wouldn't be too surprised to see the conf. record flip to 10-6 or better. Dan returns 7 players with a 664 overall rating (much better than anyone else thus far), In that he has 3 starters, and a core that played 132 of the 200 minutes last season. They scored 46 ppg last season... so like I said,,, just by default they "should" be one of the better teams in the East....

Memphis - (C) - pjtrader (has been here 6 seasons)  Memphis is the "Mothership" of Conference USA. They have the only B baseline prestige, are in a decent recruiting area, and IMHO a pretty good place to build a team from. That all being said,,, pjtrader has 7 open schollys... and hasn't shown up yet. This team went 20-7 and 13-3, with an RPI of 124... and was probably one of the top 2-3 teams in the conference if not the best. They, however, return no starters from last season... and the five guys who return played very few minutes. (46 of 200). This was going to be a tough season in Memphis allready,,, but if Elvis doesn't show up soon... it could be tough for seasons to come for our top program.

S. Mississippi - (D+) - Weena - (First Season after 14 seasons of sim). This team returns 7 players at an average of 666, from a team that went 13-16 and 6-10 in conference.... 3 Starters come back and they return 131 minutes of the 200 from last season. 44 ppg returning so they should be about on par with a couple of the others who I mentioned earlier as a front runner for the East title.

The East could very well end up with (3)   9-7 teams ... (2) 6-10 teams ... and a 2-12. Or someone like Marshal. Memphis, or S. Miss.. could run out to 13-3 and leave us all behind.... Hard to predict who will try to win today... and improve those horrid prestige ratings... and who will just punt and play for tomorrow. (ECU), LOL.

The West  - sorry didn't have time to do much looking at the west but this will give us a beginning spot.

UTEP - (D) - (Southern3pri) - (First season. They return 6 guys from a 9-18 team with a 227 RPI last season. Most of the players returning are young so this team may not do much better this season... but the future should hold some promise as UTEP will have some big classes in a couple seasons with alot of upperclassmen.

Tulane - (C+) - Simmie....(past 2 seasons as sim)  The Green Wave returns 10 players from a 19-10 team that went to the PIT last season with a 79 RPI. I would expect them to have one more good season before we begin to overtake them. I would have to give them the inside track on winning the West Division.... and it will take some decent work to keep them from being our only NT team this season.

Tulsa - (D) - Simmie (sim coached for 7 seasons)... Bad... returning 6 bad players from an 11-16 team with a 217 RPI... beat em up guys.

Rice - (C) - Storm2425 (First season after 3 seasons of sim). Rice returns 6 players, 4 of which are sr's I believe,,, They went 22-8 last season with an 81 RPI and played a game in the PIT.... I would think Rice should finish in the top half of the West and be one of the better teams this season.

SMU - (D-) - Budlit (second season in the C-USA). This team returns 8 players from a team that went 14-14 with a 208 RPI. I would also think they would be in the top 2-3 teams in the west this season.

Houston - (D) - Daveymac (First season after 7 sim). This team went 8-19 with a 265 RPI last season... returning 9 players from that awesome squad... so I guess as with most of the rest of us.... "Sky's the Limit" here LOL.  
3/4/2011 7:37 PM
Let's get everyone's beginning prestige in here, too.
3/4/2011 8:51 PM
UAB is a D+.  Eventually I expect that I'll raise that.
3/4/2011 11:10 PM
Updated the above and got it.
4/15/2011 3:58 PM (edited)
  School Coach Conf.
W-L
Overall
W-L
Home
W-L
Road
W-L
Top 25
W-L
Last 10 STRK RPI SOS
  Marshall girt25 14-2 25-4 13-1 10-2 0-0 8-2 L1 78 311
  Central Florida dacj501 11-5 17-11 10-4 6-6 0-0 7-3 L1 149 235
  S. Mississippi Weena 9-7 19-10 10-4 7-5 0-0 4-6 L1 152 290
  UAB options 6-10 12-16 6-7 5-8 0-1 3-7 L1 255 301
 
E. Carolina zags27 4-12 7-20 2-11 5-8 0-0 2-8 L5 273 209
  Memphis pjtrader21 1-15 2-25 2-13 0-11 0-0 1-9 L1 310 163
 
                                   End of season #1       East total RPI  =  1217      45 W - 51 L
                                                                          West total RPI =   1111      51W - 45 L                       
West Standings
 
  School Coach Conf.
W-L
Overall
W-L
Home
W-L
Road
W-L
Top 25
W-L
Last 10 STRK RPI SOS
  Tulane Sim AI 15-1 24-5 12-3 9-2 0-0 9-1 W5 50 132
  SMU budlit 11-5 15-12 8-5 7-6 0-1 6-4 L1 115 107
  Houston daveymac 10-6 16-12 8-6 7-5 0-0 6-4 L1 191 282
  Rice storm2425 7-9 10-18 7-5 2-12 0-0 5-5 L1 216 138
  UTEP southern3pri 6-10 8-19 4-9 4-9 0-0 3-7 L6 247 153
  Tulsa Sim AI 2-14 5-22 2-11 3-10 0-0 2-8 L3 292 242
4/6/2011 10:10 AM (edited)
Marshall made the PIT. (far and away the best human coached team in the conference).

Tulane represents us in the NT. (truely better than anyone else in the conference, even sim controlled).

Glad that's over, next season will not be a huge improvement for most of us... but we should be getting better by the end of it and the following season there should be several teams beginning to play decent.
Just glancing at E. Carolina, we began this season around 600 overall rating. (after adjusting for walkons).
Next season we "should" begin around 650 overall after walk-ons are removed.
and the following season "should" be in the 685-700 range.
Most of the conference is in some similar type of situation... so 3 seasons in we, again, "should" be looking more like a conference that will be about the 7-10th ranked in Rupp.
At that point hopefully, our prestige for our individual teams will have revived to a point that most of us will be able to land some better talent and then begin the move to really becomming a "Big-6" type conference.
I hope my time-line is a little slow and we get there sooner, rather than later... but I would guess that to be about as quickly as you can turn around this dreadful C-USA we dropped into.
4/6/2011 10:13 AM
1. SEC B+ 197-137 .5857 .5881
2. Big 12 B+ 187-147 .5720 .5672
3. PAC 10 B 190-144 .5578 .5569
4. Big Ten B 187-147 .5541 .5533
5. Big East B 182-152 .5478 .5466
6. ACC B 176-158 .5466 .5404
7. Atlantic 10 C+ 179-155 .5385 .5376
8. WCC C 173-161 .5142 .5143
9. Mid-Eastern D+ 178-156 .5070 .5120
10. Patriot League C- 171-163 .5070 .5042
11. Big Sky D+ 168-166 .5042 .5038
12. Ivy League C- 163-171 .5018 .4983
13. Big West D 169-165 .4946 .4967
14. Summit League D+ 168-166 .4871 .4940
15. MAC D+ 167-167 .4938 .4928
16. Southland D+ 157-177 .4893 .4823
17. Southern D+ 160-174 .4817 .4781
18. Sun Belt D+ 160-174 .4753 .4770
19. Conference USA C- 160-174 .4794 .4768
20. Mountain West C- 149-185 .4879 .4764
21. Missouri Valley D+ 157-177 .4776 .4756
22. Northeast D+ 157-177 .4766 .4740
23. Ohio Valley C- 158-176 .4730 .4728
24. Horizon D+ 154-180 .4742 .4684
25. Metro-Atlantic D 151-183 .4686 .4644
26. Big South D+ 150-184 .4602 .4549
27. Colonial Athletic Association D+ 141-193 .4493 .4387
4/6/2011 10:38 AM (edited)

 Just Because            Pts   RB    Ast  Blk  Stl   Pf     To    Fg%   3%   Ft%

1. UTEP 27 78.2 35.7 17.3 2.9 9.4 25.4 17.0 45.0 27.5 71.2
2. Central Florida 28 78.0 36.1 16.0 2.8 6.4 18.9 13.5 46.4 39.1 72.3
3. Marshall 29 75.5 34.6 16.2 3.6 6.5 14.0 11.9 50.1 39.7 76.8
4. Houston 28 73.5 35.0 14.1 4.0 6.1 16.4 13.5 44.1 36.5 76.7
5. Tulane 29 73.3 37.0 17.1 3.9 6.1 14.1 13.4 46.3 39.8 70.3
6. SMU 27 73.1 31.4 16.0 3.1 5.8 16.0 12.9 47.3 40.5 78.8
7. S. Mississippi 29 71.3 33.2 15.0 3.4 6.8 15.5 13.0 46.2 34.4 73.2
8. UAB 28 71.1 33.2 11.8 3.4 8.8 22.8 14.3 43.8 32.3 67.4
9. Rice 28 68.9 31.3 14.2 3.8 6.0 18.3 13.0 46.5 37.2 68.8
10. Tulsa 27 66.2 33.2 11.0 2.3 6.6 19.2 15.5 40.8 32.6 70.5
11. Memphis 27 62.0 29.5 12.3 1.9 6.9 18.6 14.4 41.7 32.1 76.5
12. E. Carolina 27 60.8 29.1 13.5 2.0 5.5 18.0 11.9 43.6 38.5 74.1

4/7/2011 12:16 PM
Glad that's over, next season will not be a huge improvement for most of us

... so 3 seasons in we, again, "should" be looking more like a conference that will be about the 7-10th ranked in Rupp.
 
... but I would guess that to be about as quickly as you can turn around this dreadful C-USA we dropped into.
 
Hey, check out that Atlantic 10!

Over the past 8 seasons (including the current season in progress), the A10 has 30 NT bids, 8 Sweet 16s, and 3 Final Fours.  

Not far off from the BCS in conference rpi, either.
5. Big East .5476 
6. ACC .5443 
7. A10 .5400 

8. WCC .5150
9. MEAC .5095
 

4/7/2011 11:55 PM
We'll be better than the A-10 in 3-4 seasons -- possibly sooner. That's a guarantee.
4/8/2011 1:09 PM
Bold guarantee, girt.  Bold guarantee.

3-4 seasons, eh?  I can't even predict what will happen for my next recruiting class! 
4/8/2011 1:52 PM
Posted by survivor45 on 4/8/2011 1:09:00 PM (view original):
Bold guarantee, girt.  Bold guarantee.

3-4 seasons, eh?  I can't even predict what will happen for my next recruiting class! 
That's why we'll be better...
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