Finiteman,the Gulf South as a D-2 possibility if UNO falls that far?
On the Sunbelt thread,WBYEAGER,apparently agrees with the Gulf South as a D-2 possibilty but also adds the Lonestar and the Heartland as possibilities.
What do you think about those two additional D-2 conference possibilities for UNO?
I am not the best at D2 predictions, but I would disagree with Yeager (although it is often foolish to do so...). IMO, the addition of travel to New Orleans would make travel more expensive for lone star schools with zero real benefit. It would seem unneccessary and not a positive improvement. The LSC is a football conference for the most part. They do have TWU in the metroplex, so I cannot totally dismiss it, but I just don't see it as likely. The heartland is non football and has few members and would seem more likely to want New Orleans, but I think New Orleans would sell their soul (ie. Great West) not to fall that far. The heartland publics are tiny schools with small budgets.
IMO, There are pretty good odds the 14 team (10/4) Gulf South will likely lose Valdosta State and Arkansas Tech to FCS in the next 15 years. Would that make for a natural fit? Not really. Looking at BB, that would leave a 12 member conference with 5 schools in Arkansas and one in Mississippi. It makes for nice divisions. Could an eastern partner be found to balance New Orleans? Maybe. Maybe not.
Really I anticipate the Summitt or Great West to take NO in if the Sunbelt pushes them out.