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Actually, Metro Conference (became CUSA) voted to oust Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth that caused both schools filed a lawsuit against them. In the end of result, Metro Conference agreed to pay over $1 million to each schools. Of course, they did make mistake by gave Virginia Tech a boot. Ironically, Virginia Tech had to pay more than $8 million to join Big East Conference after they refused to leave Metro Conference when they joined Big East for other sports.
Metro Conference would have 12 teams ,but someone was screwed up everything by asked Florida State to share revenues with Metro Conference members that prompted them to join ACC. After FSU joined ACC, South Carolina decided to join SEC along with Arkansas which would make SEC most powerful conference. My Metro Conference vision would look like this.
North Division Louisville Cardinals Cincinnati Bearcats Memphis Tigers Pittsburgh Panthers (from Big East) Virginia Tech Hokies West Virginia Mountaineers (from Atlantic 10)
South Division Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (from Independent) Florida State Seminoles South Carolina Gamecocks Georgia Tech (from ACC and was once Metro Conference member) Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Tulane Green Wave
Too bad, my Metro Conference vision probably won't happen during my lifetime.~John
I agree that Metro Conference did indeed pay out fairly large settlements to the Va schools as out of court outcomes of the filed lawsuit(s), resulting in the "ultimate failure" in stopping the merger and creation of C-USA. I wouldn't considerate it a complete nor ultimate failure, but I would assume the cost of joining another conference was greater than the pay out they received, as you may have been saying. I also think they is some shoddy writing within this article, especially the sections we're talking about. This particular misplaced modifier and possibly the overuse of parenthesis makes this extremely confusing... "Virginia Tech (who were banking on an invitation to join the Big East Conference) were left out of Conference USA, and joined the Atlantic 10 Conference (they are now in the Atlantic Coast Conference)"
...I'm sure people who do not know better often think the A-10 conference has now become the ACC conference, which is extremely incorrect.
Tulane was expelled from the Metro following the men's basketball point shaving scandal in 1985 and forced to play all other sports as an independent through the 1988-89 school year. Tulane was readmitted to the Metro in 1989 when the men's basketball program came back. Please update this on the membership timeline. DavidSteinle (talk) 17:22, 30 October 2013 (UTC)