Louisiana Tech, short of a major sea-change in their operations, needs to move on. If they didn't get in last time, they aren't getting in. C-USA went 1,000 miles southwest of them, and next time they may go 1,000 miles northeast of them---whatever it takes to solidify the league.
I don't agree with this statement. I think it is a done deal that the next Big East team will be Memphis. You know Cinnci and Louisville will be working very hard to get that done. Now if the rumours of ECU as a football only member have some validity CUSA will be down to 10 members. In this instance, I can see a UNT invite and possibly a La Tech invite.
I do think La. Tech should break down at this point and come back to the Sunbelt. At this point the bottom half of the WAC is no better in terms of membership. There is no point in bleeding their athletic program to death to stay in the WAC. They would do a lot better to join the sunbelt, funnel the money saved into facility improvements, and try to dominate it again to get their fame back up for the next round of expansion.
Maybe even try to form an alliance of up and coming Sunbelt teams (Ark St, UNT, Troy St, and the FL schools) and maybe try to steal the remaining better CUSA schools (Houston, UTEP, Marshall, UCF, UAB, S. Miss.) in a few year.
Something that I think is interesting is UNT's relationship with Arkansas St. From everything I have read there seems to be a lot of love for Arkansas St. If CUSA dropped to 10 schools, would UNT try to bring Ark St. along into CUSA? For the first time in forever, UNT's situation seems to be generating some conference leverage....