The Sunbelt should sign UMass to the same MAC contract for FB only and 4 BB games a year until they can justify a viable candidate for the 12th member for the Championship Game that Benson wants. By end of the 4 years the Sunbelt might find they like the NE exposure with UMass or UMass may finally land the AAC all sports bid they are hoping for to play teams like Temple, UConn, and Navy in their region of the country annually for FB. Its a win - win situation for both entities on a short term basis until college realignment sorts itself out again.
This would be a good solution....IF, the conference hadn't gone against their earlier desires for a 12th fb member. But, unfortunately....they changed their minds...and no longer are looking for a 12th fb member.
Why did they chose to go this route.....I have no clue.
Seems like they just wasted a lot of effort and time going after the final member. Just to throw the plan out the window a few months later. To me....this whole expansion process that Benson attempted makes the SBC look very weak and hopeless. If they weren't going to 12 members...then why add Idaho? Idaho doesn't bring much of anything to the table especially when they only sponsor one sport in the conference. I also don't know if Georgia Southern was worthy of a bid at this time, if the conference wasn't going to get to 12.
It's my feeling that Benson is a moron. I hope that opinion of doesn't offend anyone except the person meant to be offended...Benson.