Good morning, and thanks for spending part of your day with Extra Points.

I'm out here at D1.ticker HQ, in wonderful Louisville, for a few days, as we work on a few details and projects to build a better Extra Points. The universe, noting that I would be tied up in travel and meetings, decided that yesterday would be a perfect time for more conference realignment out of nowhere KAPOW!

In case you missed the news, Loyola-Chicago will be leaving the Missouri Valley to join the Atlantic 10, which now, of course, will have 15 teams. CBS is reporting that the MVC is targeting Murray State, UT Arlington and Kansas City as potential expansion candidates, including potentially inviting all three.

For the next edition of Going For Two, Bryan and I had planned to discuss the growing group of FBS head coaching openings, including Virginia Tech, which opened while most of the college sports internet was still sleeping. But we found time to give some quick analysis on these significant developments for college basketball. I hope to have additional conference realignment analysis and intel later this week.

In this episode, Bryan and I discuss, among other things:

  • Why Loyola is making this move, why the MVC is targeting those three schools, and what we think happens next for the MVC and A-10
  • Which mid-major conference is likely to make the next realignment move?
  • Why Matt is really bullish on the potential for Washington football
  • Whether BYU head coach Kalani Sitake could, or should, take the UW gig.
  • Where we think the USC and LSU jobs will go.
  • More talk about FIU than you probably expected from a podcast.
  • Some jokes.
  • And more!

Going For Two is the free podcast of Extra Points, which drops every Wednesday. You can find it via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the Varsity Podcast Network, and wherever else you get your podcasts.

If you enjoy the show, liking, subscribing, and sharing with your friends is very much appreciated.

And hey, if there's stuff you'd like to see or hear in future Going For Twos, or feedback about the podcast itself, I'd love to hear it. Many of the meetings I'm in right now are about this very podcast, and hey, I'd love your feedback.

This edition of Extra Points is brought to you by MarketPryce Florida.

MarketPryce Florida, which Extra Points previously wrote about, is truly a win-win-win proposition that allows student-athletes to close sponsorship deals with local businesses, local businesses to attract customers through athlete marketing, and fans and donors to contribute directly to their favorite teams and compliantly put money into the pockets of student-athletes.

This month, they’re auctioning off a hand-signed, full-size helmet from current Atlanta Falcon and former Florida Gators legend tight end Kyle Pitts! The best part of this raffle isn’t just that you have a chance to win a cool helmet, but 100% of all the money donated goes directly to Florida student-athletes.
Click here and you’ll be automatically entered into the raffle if you donate $50+ dollars, and stay up to date with the team on Twitter and Instagram.

This issue of Extra Points is also brought to you by The Average Joe.

How Do You Achieve FIRE?

Achieve FIRE — financial independence, retire early — by owning a portfolio of stocks and ETFs that compound 9-10% each year.

  • An investment in The Invesco QQQ Trust ETF would have returned 560% (nearly 6x return) between 2011-2021.

Beats putting your money in a savings account that earns you less than 1%. But how do you figure out which stocks and ETFs to invest in? By signing up to The Average Joe, a free 3x-weekly newsletter that simplifies the stock market for everyday investors.

Become a better investor by reading their 5-minute, jargon-free stock market newsletter — covering only the relevant financial news for everyday investors.

Subscribe to the free newsletter and join 19,000+ investors getting FIRE’d up.

This is an ad, and Extra Points earns a commission for each user that subscribes to this newsletter.

Thanks for supporting Extra Points. If you enjoy these newsletters, please share them with your friends, and help spread the word!

To sponsor a future Extra Points newsletter, please drop me a line at For article ideas, newsletter feedback, FOIA tips, athlete NIL sponsorships and more, I'm at, or @MattBrownEP on Twitter.