I was thinking along the lines of Louisiana-Monroe. They could keep up, and could beat SMU. North Texas is very lousy as is, and Louisiana-Monroe could be the better bet in the SW conference then UAB. UAB could go to the Big East as well to complement another team to help South Florida in the south.
I disagree. Monroe is the smallest school public/7,000 and only 30 miles from La-tech. So far Monroe has done ok but when Lamar and UTSA join football, it'll dillute the talent pool further. Monroe will suffer the most.
Big East don't seem interested in Memphis, much less UAB.