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    (STATS) -- Innovative thinking continues to be an integral part of FCS football as it tries to remain strong across the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. Tobias Enstrom Jersey .While fighting for relevancy in the subdivision, the Big South Conference has turned to a conference that doesnt sponsor football to establish a unique member partnership.Under the arrangement, announced Tuesday, current or future Atlantic Sun Conference scholarship-football members within the geographic footprint of the Big South will automatically be admitted to the conference as associate football members.With Coastal Carolina leaving this year for the Sun Belt on the FBS level, the Big South has dropped to six football programs -- the FCS low and the NCAA minimum for a conference to have its champion automatically qualify for the 24-team national playoffs. There are four full-time members in Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Liberty and Presbyterian, and two associate members in Kennesaw State and Monmouth.But the two-conference partnership provides a guaranteed home for Kennesaw State, an Atlantic Sun member in other sports, and a potential guaranteed home for other football programs, including Atlantic Sun members Jacksonville and Stetson and Big South member Campbell. Those three play on the FCS level in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, and each program would join Big South football should it move to the scholarship level.Were excited about it for a couple of reasons, Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander said. Number one, it can certainly enhance Big South football from a membership perspective. Weve had an awful lot of success in the Big South and the 15 years weve been playing FCS football. Entering into a creative partnership like this can really continue that success and growth of the Big South. Certainly it helps the Atlantic Sun in what theyre trying to do with their membership.The other reason Im excited about it is I really think collaboration is important, especially in this day and age in Division I. All the challenges that we have, whether its conference realignment or financial challenges, scheduling, travel, all those kinds of things, I think its going to be very really important moving forward that everybody takes a look at how can we work together rather than just working on our own.The agreement doesnt change the conference name as the football teams will play under the banner of the Big South. The conference, which spans the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, was formed in 1983, but didnt sponsor football until 2002. Liberty is the conferences long-time remaining power and Charleston Southern is the defending champion. Pro Bowlers Justin Bethel, Josh Norman and Mike Tolbert are among 12 former Big South players on NFL rosters to begin the 2016 season.We have really good football teams in our league and weve started to get a little bit of a national footprint, Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said, so I would think that would be pretty inviting to teams to be able to come and be a part of that.Schools in the 10-member Big South that dont sponsor football are High Point, Longwood, Radford, North Carolina-Asheville and Winthrop.Two ASUN members, North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast, have conducted feasibility studies for the addition of football, but have no immediate plans for starting programs. ASUN members Lipscomb, New Jersey Institute of Technology and South Carolina Upstate also dont sponsor football.The Big South has received multiple postseason berths, earned multiple postseason wins and had many postseason hosting opportunities for its football members, ASUN commissioner Ted Gumbart said. We plan to contribute strongly and significantly to the continued growth of our joint football league and look forward to enhancing the winning tradition of Big South football.I think there will be (change), Kallander said, but Im not suggesting any is going to be imminent. White Jets Jerseys . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. Thomas Steen Jersey . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. http://www.authenticjetsshopnhl.com/josh-morrissey-jersey/ . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. The benches emptied Monday night in another epic battle between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers?and team aces Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw.The confrontation started when Bumgarner fielded a ground ball by Yasiel Puig and fired to first for the third out in the seventh inning of the Dodgers?2-1 win in Los Angeles.Bumgarner emphatically shouted, apparently celebrating the final out. But it appeared Puig thought Bumgarner was shouting at him, which led the two to exchange words and the benches to clear.No punches were thrown, but each side traded several pushes and shoves.I just ran, and he was looking in my direction, Puig said through a translator, and he asked why I was looking at him, and then I asked him why he was looking at me.Monday continued a tradition of sorts between Bumgarner and Puig. It was at least the third time they have exchanged heated words on the field, though it was the first known instance since September 2014.In May 2014, after Puig hit a 431-foot home run to center field and flipped his bat, Bumgarner took exception and waited for Puig as he rounded third base before the two exchanged pleasantries as tempers flared.Four months later, on Sept. 23, 2014, Puig made a move toward the mound after he was hit by a Bumgarner pitch. More words were exchanged before the benches cleared and bullpens emptied, and Puig had to be held back by an umpire and several teammates.Bumgarner didnt return for the eighth inning Monday. He limited the Dodgers to one hit wwith no walks and 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Steve Mason Jersey. . With his second-inning double, Puig stood as the only Dodger to reach base against Bumgarner.Puig said he thought Bumgarner might have been reacting in anger to the fact that the only hit he had given up was to him.Every time I face him, it seems like we have those problems, Puig said. It seems to work out because we win.Puig said he wasnt sure whether Bumgarner had something personal against him.I dont know. Go ask him, he said.Bumgarner appeared to still be annoyed after the game.I didnt hear what was going on, he said. I just got him out, and he tried to stare me down or something. Thats what it looked like to me.Its good that we won, partly because of that, first baseman?Adrian Gonzalez?said of the bench-clearing incident in a postgame interview on the Dodgers broadcast after he lined a game-winning double to right field in the ninth?inning. [Puig] was just playing baseball. He didnt do anything. Thats something that Madisons got to do a better job of -- just getting into the dugout.Giants manager Bruce Bochy had his back turned and was retreating down the dugout steps when the fracas broke out.Theyre not going to go out to dinner, he said. Its been going on for a while, so it doesnt surprise me anymore.Information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used in this report. Jerseys NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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