fighting muskie wrote:
Article out of Lafayette with comments from UL AD regarding probable league expansion talk at this week's SBC meetings at http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/spor ... s/27464655
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Great article; here are my thoughts--not a ton of new information but certainly some interesting tidbits. It sounds like the SBC isn't keen on any of the FCS schools that want in. I'm a little surprised that they are interested in UAB considering that if they got them they likely would never play football again. I'm also a little surprised that their are voices out there supporting NMSU for full membership. Adding NMSU as a full member would wreck the division alignment making the league West-heavy and it also doesn't solve the 12th football school issue. Then again, it sounds like if deregulation passes the SBC is going to stage a game no matter how many schools they have.
Here's my really random thought for this post--I wonder in any of the other UNC campuses would be interested in FBS football like Charlotte was. UNC Wilmington or UNC Greensboro could start a program and be part of the SBC.
I also read the article too, which I also find it interesting. Although no new info was brought up yet, there were possible speculations or guesses for what the SBC needs to do. According to Mr. Farmer, he said that needing a 12th school is important, which is strongly ideal. But at the same time, he also wouldn't mind if deregulation might occur for conferences under 12 teams to sponsor a CCG. However, I think that the SBC would STILL need to make divisions for 'geographic' purposes. So far, we have the following format on how the SBC would look like in division play.
SBC East - Appalachian St., Georgia Southern, Georgia St., South Alabama, Troy
SBC West - ULL, ULM, Arkansas St., Texas St.; New Mexico St., Idaho <fb-only>; UALR, UTA <non-fb>
But let's make things with a twist. Let's say that NMSU would be the next 12th school for all sports. You're right. It would NOT solve the issue on having 12 fb-playing schools. But adding UAB (assuming that C-USA would remove them out) would benefit the SBC, because if UAB plans to re-instate fb. after being invited into the SBC, it will guarantee the conference to have fair division play in both football and basketball, with the difference being that there will be 12 fb-playing schools & 13 bb-playing schools (11 of those apply on both perspectives)
SBC East - Appalachian St., Georgia Southern, Georgia St., South Alabama, Troy; UAB
SBC West - ULL, ULM, Arkansas St., Texas St., New Mexico St.; Idaho <fb-only>; UALR, UTA <non-fb>
On the other hand, I do like your thought of an idea to see if the other UNC campuses (Asheville, Greensboro, Wilmington) would have interest to boost into the FBS levels like UNC-Charlotte did. Speaking of that topic, UTA did PART of that transition when joining the WAC for one season after leaving the Southland & the FCS. However, the Mavericks have yet made any acquisitions in regards to keep the movement alive which was dated back in 2011 or 2012. I know it would take tons of money for finance & facilities to upgrade (either Mavericks Stadium, a soccer-spekked stadium now, should someday be expandable or the Rangers Ballpark of Arlington). It's been 3 years since that announcement. UTA should be competing in football by now, but they aren't yet for some reason. Benson should know about this by now.