It is odd, as long as this has been going on, that the Sun Belt could not make it official by June 30. Perhaps the U of L study delayed UL-M, but I would have thought the Sun Belt would have worked the contingencies in.
Waters has said its basically a formality now and UL-M, while officially out of the SLC in 2 years, will be officially in the Sun Belt later this month.
I'm sure they were waiting on LA Tech for awhile...wanted to see if they would come back from the WAC. Once LA Tech went public, it was over. They might come back in time, but for now, they are settled in.
The Sunbelt has done an excellent job with realignment. They were the conference at the bottom of the picking order and they made all the moves they could to become stronger. North Texas could have been a CUSA option, but they the conference members stood strong. Granted, UTEP was probably the choice all along, but publicly the Sunbelt slowly grew larger to prepare for any NCAa policy changes and only lost Idaho and Utah St., 2 associate members. You have to figure that when a commissioner opening is created in a BCS conference, Waters will get an interview.