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The MEAC is a traditional HBCU conference that has existed in relatively stable orbit since its inception in 1970.  The schools that left have all returned.  ICFB’s MEAC will reflect this stability; however, we are welcoming two new programs into the MEAC’s football ranks.  Eastern Shore played football until 1980, and had some very good teams; Hawk football is back.  Coppin St is also gearing up with an expansion program.  With the inclusion of these two added to the existing membership, the MEAC is tapped out at 12 schools.  Thus, Savannah St is moving to the SWAC (see below).

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ICFB’s Northeast Conference is quite close to its NCAA version.  Eight current members and two former members (Marist, Monmouth) are present and accounted for.  Of the current NCAA members, it should be noted that only four of them play football (Wagner, CCSU, Robert Morris and St Francis PA).  LIU, MSM and St Francis NY are being awarded new programs, while FDU is being resuscitated.  The two new NEC additions are UDC and Brooklyn, both back from the dead.  In the case of Brooklyn, the entire athletic department is back from the dead [shiver].

With shifting membership and a weird tie-in with another conference, it is difficult to grasp the membership of the Big South from year to year.  That is going to change in Ideal College Football.  Six of the current 10 NCAA Big South schools are members here: Campbell, CSU, Liberty, Asheville, Radford and Winthrop, even though the Camels are aligned elsewhere for football and the latter three are expansion programs.  Davidson, Coastal and VMI are being returned to the ICFB Big South, while Mercer and Stetson are being added, extending the conference further into the South.  Finally, we are also awarding a team to the College of Charleston.  So, a reunification of sorts for Big South schools, along with some new blood and four new programs.  The Big South will not be a heavyweight (at least not initially), but there will be many budding rivalries.

Group IX

Division 3

Atlantic-10
Duquesne
George Washington
Georgetown DC
Providence
Seton Hall
St Bonaventure
St John's NY
St Joseph's PA
Temple
Villanova

If there were a conference award for “Most Teams Who Killed Their Football Programs”, it would go to the Metro Atlantic.  Seven of the MAAC’s schools have dropped football since the 80’s: Canisius, Fairfield, Hofstra, Iona, LaSalle, Siena and St Peter’s.  Needless to say, we have brought them all back, because that’s how Ideal College Football rolls.  In addition, we have bestowed intercollegiate football to the campuses of Loyola, Manhattan, Niagara and Rider.  Holy Cross is the only MAAC member who actually currently plays NCAA football.  While the MAAC is known as a strong mid-major basketball league, we now embark upon the journey of MAAC football.  And the nation shall rejoice.

Midwestern Collegiate
Butler
Chicago State
Cleveland State
Dayton
DePaul
Detroit
Loyola IL
Marquette
Milwaukee
St Louis
Valparaiso
Xavier

Like the MEAC, the SWAC is a traditional HBCU conference, although much older (organized in 1920).  The SWAC has also experienced more of a flux in its membership over the decades.  ICFB’s SWAC is identical to the NCAA’s version, but with two additions.  As mentioned above, due to the fact that the MEAC is loaded up with 12 schools, Savannah St has been moved into the SWAC.  In addition, Kennesaw St’s young football program will compete here.  Geographically, both of these moves hold water, extending the SWAC’s reach east one state to Georgia.

Southwestern
Alabama A&M
Alabama State
Alcorn State
Grambling State
Jackson State
Kennesaw State
Mississippi Valley State
Pine Bluff
Prairie View A&M
Savannah State
Southern Univ
Texas Southern

Group VIII

Nearly everyone who follows college basketball is aware of the West Coast Conference, especially as its most prominent member, Gonzaga, just won the NCAA Division I Championship.  What’s that…they didn’t?  Crap.  Anyhow, would the WCC work in football?  Say it with me: “Of course it would”.  The only WCC school that currently plays football is USD.  So, we’re resuscitating the football programs at St Mary’s (recent), Santa Clara (recent), Gonzaga (remote) and Portland (remote).  We are bringing fledgling programs to Pepperdine, LMU, USF, Seattle, Denver and Utah Valley.  The final member is Arizona Valley (AZ Christian), moving up from the NAIA level due to geographical constraints elsewhere.  Finally, as there are now a few schools that are not exactly “coastal”, we are going to rename this league the Western Conference.  Fun trivia factoid: one of the early names for the Big 10 was the Western Conference, in the last years of the 19th century.  Takeaway: the Big 10 is really old.  Expectation: this incarnation of the Western Conference will become a major deal.

East Coast
American Univ
Bucknell
Drexel
George Mason
James Madison
Lafayette
Lehigh
Old Dominion
Richmond
Towson
Virginia Commonwealth
William & Mary

Mid-Eastern
Bethune-Cookman
Coppin State
Delaware State
Eastern Shore (UMES)

Florida A&M
Hampton
Howard
Morgan State
Norfolk State
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
South Carolina State

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Metro Atlantic
Canisius
Fairfield
Hofstra
Holy Cross
Iona
LaSalle
Loyola MD
Manhattan
Niagara
Rider
Siena
St Peter's

Does anyone remember the Midwestern Collegiate Conference?  Show of hands.  Seriously, no one?  Shame on you.  The MCC was a fantastic concept, though never reached full maturity due to ubiquitous membership juggling.  It was also never really set up for football, as many members didn’t play the sport.  It was primarily a basketball/baseball/other conference that eventually morphed into the Horizon League in 2001.  I got to thinking, “Could the MCC work for football?”  And the answer is, of course it can, especially if we are willing to give football programs to schools who are known as mainstays in other sports.  What would Marquette football look like? DePaul?  Loyola?  So, Ideal College Football presents the inaugural football Midwestern Collegiate Conference: established programs at Dayton, Butler and Valpo.  Brand new programs at Marquette, DePaul, Loyola, Xavier, St Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit Mercy, Cleveland St and Chicago St.  You’re welcome.  By the way, look for a slightly-altered version of the MCC in Ideal College Basketball that will contain Notre Dame.  You have been warned.

Western
Arizona Valley (AZChr)
Denver
Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine
Portland
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Clara
Seattle
St Mary's CA
Utah Valley

The East Coast Conference actually was a thing.  And it actually existed into the 90’s, although – as with many smaller conferences – it was caught in the undertow of the major college’s expansion/realignment efforts.  Fast forward to now (because it’s really difficult fast-forwarding to the future … although we are now in the future from when I just typed those words … and now we’ve moved to another future … and now again … this is getting confusing … my head hurts).  Enough physics, we’re here to discuss football conferences!  As for ECC membership, we’ll start in the south (Virginia), migrate to the north (Pennsylvania), then settle in the creamy center (Phila/Baltimore/DC).  The six mid-major Virginia schools represented here ought to be together always, regardless of sport.  We’re talking ODU, VCU, JMU, GMU, Richmond and William & Mary.  Always together.  So that is the heart of the ECC.  Lehigh, Lafayette and Bucknell, similarly, ought to always be grouped together.  Then you’ve got American, Towson and Drexel to fill in the center.  The ECC thus assumes the mandate of both the Colonial Athletic and the Patriot League, neither of which are a thing in Ideal College Football.  You’ll notice that VCU football is now a thing, as is George Mason football, as is Eagle football and Dragon football.  About time.

Big South
Asheville
Campbell
Charleston Southern
Coastal Carolina
College of Charleston
Davidson
Liberty
Mercer
Radford
Stetson
VMI
Winthrop

Northeast
Brooklyn
Central Connecticut State
Fairleigh Dickinson
Long Island Univ
Marist
Monmouth NJ
Mount St Mary's MD
Robert Morris PA
St Francis NY
St Francis PA
UDC
Wagner

The A-10 is better known – almost exclusively known – as a basketball league, even though football was a sponsored sport for a decade.  Glancing at our Atlantic-10, you might think “hmm, it looks kinda like the Big East, but also kinda like the A-10 – what gives, ICFB dude?”  And that is the crux of the matter.  Apart from all other major conferences, the Big East looks vastly different for basketball than it does for football.  This is because some Big East schools are big-time football as well as basketball, and others are more small-time football.  No knock there, it is what it is.  ICFB’s Atlantic-10 includes five of those “others” (ie big-time basketball, yet small-time football), namely: Villanova, Georgetown, St John’s (resuscitated), Seton Hall (new) and Providence (new).  Seton Hall and Providence now have football teams.    Pretty cool, huh?  Add to this five teams who are more traditional A-10: Temple, Duquesne, St Joe’s (new), St Bonaventure (new) and GW (new).  The more I look at this conference on paper, the more I think “yes, this should happen, and this is what A-10 football could offer”.  Temple and Nova in the same conference, vying for city and conference bragging rights?  Yes please.