Has U. Tennessee - C. turned down the SBC? What about a Florida A&M invite? Isn't there anyone else but Liberty? How about VMI, or even Wofford? Can we invite a HS team over Liberty?
Chattanooga was approached by the Sun Belt (not invited) asking if they would be interested and they said they didn't have the money to upgrade their stadium nor add the 22 fb scholarships to upgrade plus the extra title XIV offset costs of 22 women's scholarships which would make them add another women's sport, coach, travel cost, etc.
Haven't heard anything about VMI or Wofford, geographically they'd work but that's about it, Florida A&M has given up pursuing FBS status for now and is focused on getting an invite from the SWAC, and my SFA Lumberjacks were also not considered.
Here's the link from a freedom of information request about who the Sun Belt "approached" and the list is below with my take on the candidates.http://www.appstatenation.com/2013/02/0 ... andidates/Appalachian State
(added full member)Delaware
- reportedly will not make any moves until realignment settles down (could join MAC) Georgia Southern
(added full member)Idaho
(added fb only)
Illinois State - unlikely at the moment, not too sure about them but they are in the West
Jacksonville State -while in the East, would give SBC 3 schools in AlabamaJames Madison
- reportedly turned down an offer from the SBC to possibly join the MAC
Lamar - most ready to move TX school, but in the West so doubtful
Liberty - MOST LIKELY OPTION RIGHT NOW
Missouri State - unlikely for now, more ready than ISU but still in the West New Mexico State
(added fb only)
Richmond - small school in the A10, would just be for fb only, not sure if they want to move
Sam Houston State - less ready than Lamar, also in the West
Towson - haven't heard anything about them wanting to moveUT Chattanooga
- reportedly was approach by the SBC and said no thank you
I have heard pros and cons of the schools recently added (Georgia Southern, Appalachian St., New Mexico St., and Idaho) and the targeted schools to replace Western Kentucky. I have also heard the same about Georgia St., but I have a question. What about Texas St.? I have not heard pros and cons about them. Was this a good add for the SBC? What do they bring and how well do they fit? I know Lamar has history with the SBC and has geography, but Texas State seems a bit far to go if they wanted to stay in the south east. (this is before the recent adds of New Mexico St., and Idaho) Is it just because the SBC wanted to stay in recruiting rich Texas? If this is the case, why not also grab a school in recruiting rich Florida? I am curious.
Texas St was a great add for the Sun Belt, they've been FBS ready for years, they are located about 30 minutes from both Austin and San Antonio and have a pretty solid following. Their stadium is impressive for the Sun Belt and they are ready to compete unlike some of the recent upgrades. Believe it or not everything in the Texas triangle (DFW, Houston, San Antonio) is fairly easy to get to so as long as the school isn't in West Texas (like Texas Tech) Far West Texas (like UTEP) in the Valley (UTPA) or way down the coast like (A&M-CC) travel doesn't really matter. Yes, it had a lot to do with needing Texas for recruiting but mostly to do with the fact that they were already FBS (though in the WAC) and the SBC needed members (same reason they took Idaho/NMSU fb). There is/was no Florida school ready to move also they have a pretty nice setup now. 2 Texas schools, 2 Arkansas schools, 2 Louisiana schools in the West (ArkLaTex we call it down here) and 2 Alabama, 2 Georgia, and App St+1 in the East.
Lamar has history with the SBC and is near Houston which is a big hole in the Sun Belt's footprint, has or is building the facilities but they're athletics are pretty bad. SHSU has almost the same claim to Houston but in its immediate market area is smaller (Huntsville/Conroe vs Beaumont) isn't as sure about FBS as Lamar is and need some facilities improvements but has better athletics all around. Sam also has a big rivalry with SFA (Battle of the Piney Woods) which may be holding them back as SFA is not ready to move to FBS.
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