When Elon announced last week they were leaving the Southern Conference, Blackburn admitted that rocked the SoCon boat. "Did come out of the blue to be so quick and so sudden. It was a little bit shocking that it happened when it did and how it did."
The Phoenix became the fifth team to leave the SoCon recently, reducing the league to just seven members. Said Blackburn,"People are concerned because they hear and see the same things we know are happening. There are a lot of opinions as far as what people think should occur."
Before Blackburn arrived, the Sun Belt conference had asked UTC if they might consider making the jump to the BCS division. But for now, the Mocs are not going to another conference. Said Blackburn,"We are committed to try and remain strong in the Southern Conference. But if at any point and time it looks like the league is going to continue to go through transition and weaken, then it's upon our chancellor and myself and many of us here to make sure that Chattanooga is in league that is viable and strong."
The annual SoCon meetings got underway on Tuesday, and as you can imagine, the agenda just got longer. Said Blackburn,"Scheduling. There will be a lot of conversations about scheduling with teams leaving and teams coming in. There will be conversations about hosting championships and things of that nature. So it will be action-packed."
So will the SoCon vote on their new members this week? Said Blackburn,"But I think coming out of the conference meetings, we'll have some finality on what the league is going to look like. I think it will be ten, and I think it will be a stable ten."