Ok so help me understand. How come a Div 1 non-football playing school (like UNCC) can join a FBS conference like C-USA and then start a football team and play at a FBS conference level when you have other FCS schools that already have football programs and are excluded from moving up to FBS level because their attandence is too low or their facliities don't seat enough people. Why should UNCC not be held to the same standards? Since they are now already in C-USA, they can start a football team, play one year as a FCS independant and then move right up into FBS level without meeting any avg. attendance issue that face current FCS schools! This doesn't seem right! So that would mean that UTA or UALR could start a football program and do the same thing since they are already in a FBS conference! Seems like a FCS program has a disadvantage, it would be better for a Div 1 school to focuse on basketball and recieved an invite due to basketball then just start a football team! This is crazy!
Remember that UNC-Charlotte was originally a non-football school, and former full member of C-USA. As of this season, they ARE a full member of C-USA, but re-joined as a non-football member while playing football in the FCS level as an Indy. But prior to this, Charlotte was also formerly a member of the Sun Belt as well. In my opinion, the 49ers should have its football program scheduled for C-USA play starting next season (2014) instead of 2015. With the departures of East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa to the AAC, plus the addition of Old Dominion football (like Charlotte, starting as a non-football full member this season) and upcoming full member Western Kentucky (and former Sun Belt member along with other ex-SB schools like FIU, FAU, Middle Tennessee St. & North Texas), C-USA will have 13 football full members (one of the divisions will have 6 teams and the other 7; talk about unbalanced). I assume that C-USA would plan to jump ship on trying to take another member from the hybrid Sun Belt, preventing it to have a proposed/future CCG and/or 12 members.
Keep in mind that UALR has been longer than UTA in terms of being in an FBS conference as non-football members UALR has been on the Sun Belt for 20+ years from the then-TAAC now turned A-Sun; while UTA joined from the WAC this past season from its over previous affiliation within the Southland (an FCS conference). Both of them have possible great facilities to qualify for sponsoring a football stadium. UALR's case is the War Memorial Stadium (a.k.a. Arkansas' alternate stadium) while UTA's case should be Rangers Ballpark In Arlington (in case their on-campus Maverick Stadium wouldn't be expandable for FBS requirements).
Oh, when it comes to non-football members in FBS conferences, here are some sampes: Denver was formerly a non-football FBS full member until they left to join the WAC for last season only to join the Summit. Denver should had joined the MW to "fill-in" Hawaii's fb-only slot for the other sports that conference has. The same went for New Orleans, who went D-I Indy for a while to get into D-II, only to cancel it to maintain as a D-I member, which led them to an invite by the Southland, who'll also eventually will plan to have a football program.
However Hibbett, I do agree with you on the fact that D-I schools should be recognized as full all sports members, primarily by sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball and baseball (in case football doesn't apply).