If the SLC boots aTm CC....then I will agree. It would be nice to pair them with UTRGV and/or UTA.
Problem is...the SLC has added non-fb schools recently with ORU. UNO, if I remember correctly, was planning on fb, but later changed their mind. So, there is evidence that the SLC is patient with bb schools.
Still, I expect the SLC to add another fb school in the next few years. Or, they will wait for someone to move up...to even out the fb numbers. I would imagine they are waiting for ACU and UIW to mature into the conference before evaluating the situation.
I think the SLC likes having plenty of members, rather than in the past when they were down to a low number of schools.
The current situation seems pretty stable for the SLC, aTm CC and UNO.
I have to wonder why UT Dallas isn't jockeying for a spot in one of these conference situations?? They are still sitting at a DIII level with over 10k students, if memory serves me. UTD would fit well with UTA and UALR, or UTRGV and aTm CC.
That's true about Oral Roberts but Oral Roberts is also a school who has a solid basketball program. A&M CC was let in in the mid-2000s because they were contemplating football and New Orleans was let in on the premise that they were going to start a team but neither one has stepped up and fielded a team as of yet. The admission of ICU, ACU, & HBU have given the Southland the football depth it needs to be a viable conference. To me, at 13 members, the basketball schools are just dead weight at this point and should be let go. It's interesting that you mention UT Dallas--I had forgotten about them. They would be another solid potential member in my hypothetical Texas-centric non-football conference provided UT Arlington was willing to let them share their turf but since they are both on the UT system I'd imagine they'd play nicely with eachother.