The Bishin Cutter wrote:
So, who's got issues with NMSU? You wonder if it's Benson himself.
I don't think anyone has issues with NMSU.
Until, the fb CCG games gets worked out....there won't be a reason to ask UTA or UALR to leave.
Once the conference gets that 12th fb school...they won't need extra Oly schools. And at that time...should be asked to move on. I assume they have been given every chance to start fb and therefor stay...in the SBC. But, if they haven't by the time the conference gets to 12...then bye bye.
The Summit League, WAC or A-Sun could be good homes for either of those schools. Especially if UAB is there, as well.
I think that we won't see UALR and UTA's lack of football be a huge issue that the Sunbelt is talking about publicly until some western FBS schools are truly in a position to move up. If Lamar/S.F. Austin/Sam Houston St/Missouri St get to that point then I think the pressure will be on to play football or move on. If the schools moving up to the Sunbelt are from the Southland they could effectively "trade" the schools in question.
Im also still a fan of a basketball conference anchored by NMSU, New Orleans, A&M Corpus Christi, UTRGV, UTA, and UALR. Maybe since the Southland is kind of oversized they could "loan" them ICU, HBU, and/or ACU for all sports but football--less schools in the Southland means an easier path to post-season tournaments.