Jacksonville State appears to be getting desperate.
For years now, it’s been well known the the school has been looking at moving up into the FBS division. A few weeks ago, it came out that they were one of the teams that the Sun Belt talked to about expansion.
But at OVC Media Day, head coach Jack Crowe floated one of the oddest ideas yet.
Why not the WAC?
There was no wry smile on his face as he made the suggesting. No subtle undertone of sarcasm. He looked a group of reporters, with tape recorders in their hand, and seriously suggested that the school could possibly join the WAC.
…and he was not immediately stuck down by lightning.
According to Crowe, the WAC, which has been decimated in the recent wave of conference realignment, could be looking for “5 or 6” schools to move up from the FBS division. Crowe then added that the school had “sent a letter” to mention their possible interest in the move.
Jacksonville State does realize the W in WAC stands for “Western,” right? As in the Western United States, a portion of the U.S. that by almost no sane measure includes Jacksonville, Alabama.
Crowe did mention there’s been no discussion from the conference, or even that the school would move if offered.
But this can’t be a serious plan, right? Staying in the OVC has to be preferable to the WAC for a team from Alabama, right?
Crowe had no problem stating that he felt the OVC was no longer a football conference (which it’s not) and for a school like Jacksonville State, that has to be a problem.
I stand by all my previous statements that the school’s time in the OVC is short lived.
But the WAC?