The recommendation of Lamar to the SBC is where you said Lamar was good. A school that competes is acceptable....a school that doesn't compete isn't. Which takes Lamar and Liberty...right out of the conversation
baseball is currently ranked 3rd in the sbc after not being in the sbc for 15 years.
You did state, however, that Lamar was in the SBC for the first time in 15 years for baseball. What is that about? I can only assume that it was a type-o from SLC....but, they have been in the SLC for a while now...so, I am not certain why you wrote that?
Bottom line for the SBC is....
They don't need schools that can't win or don't win. The SBC needs schools that can compete. SHSU has been very competitive over the last 10 years. And that level of competition will help the SBC stay on its feet while the realignment marry go round keeps turning.
If not SHSU...then some other school that is competitive and 'in' the footprint.
Which brings me to the last point...Stay in the footprint. The SBC doesn't need to get larger and more spread out. Develop from within.
So in other words I didn't say Lamar was good in mbb, you just made it up.
How do you know what a school will do in the future? by past?
Lamar is 6-50 last 2 years with Pat Knight therefore Lamar will go 60-500 over the next 10 years. Is this really your logic? very shortsighted. Can I say Lamar is guarantee 18th rank and another sweet 16?
It's all about potential. Lamar has the money and resources. Heck they fired Knight before season over. very costly. Lamar has the location, mid-way between ULL and Texas st. Lamar has a metro bigger than most SBC schools. Bigger than Lafayette, bigger than Texas Tech Lubbock and only 1 hours drive from 6.5 million in Houston. The potential is there if Lamar can pick the right coaches.
SBC is not blind.
OK I get it. You LOVE LAMAR.
I however, don't.
They haven't shown any capability to string together more than two years in 8 for mbb.
Their fb program is super young...and hasn't won many games or played too much competition...having played so many DII schools in their first four years.
So, Yeah. I look at that stuff.
Why pick potential when you can get a competitive school that has set some tradition.
And Huntsville is in between ULL and Texas State. So, that's a wash.
Lamar is having trouble recruiting players and coaches....in a hotbed of recruiting. That's a bad sign.
I just don't see that Lamar has many or any advantages over SHSU.
UTSA didn't prove itself at the FCS level.
Regardless if I like Lamar or not, facts are facts.
Lamar has a fbs budget, sam does not
Lamar has plans for a 30,000 stadium, sam does not
Lamar sits in a metro of 400,000-sam 26,000
Lamar attendance is greater than sam while sam is playing in championship and lamar is losing.
Since returning to slc, Lamar has 2 trips to big dance sam has 2. Lamar 5-5 including sweet 16, sam 0-2
Lamar women elite 8 appearance ranked 7th, sam never ranked.
Lamar has 2 bowl appearance, sam lost 2 fcs championship
Lamar plays all SBC sports, sam does not.
maybe you aren't looking hard enough. sheesh you think mcneese and sela are good candidates for the sbc.
UTSA or Georgia St., or FIU or FAU or Charlotte never proved anything before moving FBS. I don't think Lamar gets it. JMU still says no then they need to evaluate Missouri St. vs EKU. I don't think Liberty gets in either b/c of their values. W/ a bottom tier conf. adding JMU or SHSU b/c they're good doesn't get them out of last and if those schools are so good CUSA will take them anyway, after proving themselves in the SBC. so they look for new market and facilities, b/c just being good doesn't take them out of 10th or bring a new market for tv.