One might assume C-USA's television deals would be reworked with the loss of higher-profile schools.
"Our TV package is solid for the next three years," Hamrick countered. "As far as I know renegotiations aren't scheduled. Our TV partners like the new Conference USA teams and markets.
"Also, the exit fee for the [departing] schools is a flat $500,000. But the schools must also pay the difference if the next contract is less than the current one. I'd be surprised if the next contract is less, but if it is the former schools have to collectively make up the difference."
OK, MU fans, I hear you. The $1 million difference has been eaten up by travel to C-USA stops. Perhaps. But that won't be the case in the future.
"We haven't been spending much more," Hamrick said. "In football, we bus to non-conference games. We've been flying to four away games. In the MAC you had Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois. Now [in C-USA] we're adding Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and, in 2015, Charlotte."
He pointed out that MU's football team will play Miami of Ohio in Huntington this coming season and will travel to Ohio University. Beginning in 2014, the Herd will add and alternate playing Akron and Kent through 2017.
What Hamrick didn't say is the reconfigured C-USA will not only be a better geographic fit, but will also present a more level playing field for the school.
Let's face it, when MU jumped to C-USA it did so without having the necessary infrastructure in place. It hasn't been able to offer recruits what they can find at other C-USA schools. Thus the lackluster results.
Hamrick and the school are moving toward better facilities. But, regardless, the new crop of C-USA schools is more like Marshall in that regard.
The new C-USA group as a whole is a lot more alike. Which should allow the Thundering Herd to be more successful in sports.
Will that success be against weaker league competition? Youbetchya.
But the new C-USA will allow Marshall fans a taste of what they devoured back in the old MAC days.
Without going back to the old MAC.
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