Again, what exactly was the MAC thinking when they chose the unlucky 13th member?
Buffalo envisioned this as the start to their ride into national prominence. Not so much with fb championships, but as a bonafide school with recognized athletics and aspirations for being reknowned enough they might someday be worthy of Big 10 status. (Not that they would get it, but that they'd be worthy.) They sold themselves on the premise of
- Big sports city
- NY has a dirth of big time college football
- SUNY-Buffalo is an AAU school with high aspirations for it's research potential. (Methinks too high, personally)
- Shear growth in sports and fans suggests they can make it.
The MAC then took Buffalo on the premise of
- New market
- Decent school
- Can't be worse than some current MAC members
- "If we don't take them, someone else will and some schools might actually start a series of realignment dominos... Oh, wait."
What was missing in the equation was the energy to actually build a winning program. UCF and Marshall established themselves first, then sought affiliation. Buffalo and the MAC handled this measure in reverse order.