I have already suggested picking up Belmont for the east side of the conference. That would bring in Nashville as an Olympic sport city (See previous posts).
I saw them. But I meant that as a football perspective, not a "non-football" perspective. I was trying to say find full members within the area who sponsor football, BUT have success on other sports. Hope this helps clarify. I'm still interesting on the fact of the conference to have a 12th member for a possible CCG (10 full + 2 affiliates in Idaho & NMSU). Plus, even if Belmont would be a candidate to join the Sun Belt, it would still not help the conference to solidify it.
I disagree that Belmont couldn't help to solidify the conference. Nashville is a very cool place that sponsors support for plenty of athletic teams...plus music and gorgeous scenery. But, that aside for now.
Finding a team that plays football and is great in other sports is the real big problem that the SunBelt is facing. There isn't a large group of outstanding universities that have tons of local support and great TV demographics, plus plenty of financial support and complete facilities.
Very much like the Big 12....the SunBelt just doesn't have many teams to choose from that are 'hands down' the perfect choice.
JMU would certainly help the SunBelt. But, even that isn't certain...because it appears that JMU believes they are a bit better than the SunBelt.
Teams left over that are pretty close to the footprint:
Liberty(they suck), Mo State(suck), Lamar(suck), Fla A&M(said no already), UT Chatt(said no already), Illinois State(said no already), Sam Houston, McNeese, SE La, West Fla(doesn't have a team yet), Delta State(too small), Valdosta State(DII), West Georgia(DII), Samford(small), Wofford(small), VMI(really small), Kennesaw(really young), Jaxv State(?), Tenn State(?).
New Mexico State is better than all those teams....they should be brought in as full member immediately. Adding a team in the west opens up the west side of Texas to recruiting for everyone in the conference.
But as far as new football teams...there just aren't that many to choose from.
Let me know if I left any off the list.