Springfield News-Leader add an article about the Sun Belt Conference.
Here is that section.
But what about conference affiliation?
Rowe's immediate hope is to see the day when The Valley adds football under its league umbrella.
And he says a move to I-A football at some point is not totally far-fetched. He said officials with the Sun Belt Conference have made mild inquiries to SMS about someday becoming a member.
"But right now, we can't fill a 16,300-seat stadium, and we know what you've got to draw (to meet I-A attendance requirements)."
Of a potential move to I-A football, Rowe says, "I'm talking that is a long, long range goal, and not anything immediate at all."
"It is costly, but there are a lot of good things that can come from it," Rowe added. "The Bowl Championship Series member schools operate their budgets totally different than the rest of us."