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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:17 am 
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From what I've been told Rice and SMU own the naming rights to the SWC because of the movement that happened immediately after the SWC broke up. The Big 12 Southers left the right to the now non AQ's and Houston gave up its rights when it split from the others and left for CUSA, and TCU surrendered its control after they left for the MWC. So with the threat of super 16 team conferences around the corner and the influx of Texas teams into FBS, I could see this becoming more and more realistic. Rice will probably left out of the MWC's attempt at a 16 team bid so why not break away from the soon to be hybrid CUSA/SunBelt and start fresh. Just have the geniuses at Rice and Tulsa start inviting teams in their state that would jump at the chance to decrease travel cost by forming a MAC like bus league with UNT, UTSA, TX St, LA Tech, ULL, ULM. That 8 but it leave room open for upgrades like Lamar, SHSU, SFA, UTA. Plus I could see NM St, Tulsa, Ark St, So Miss, and possibly Memphis wanting to limit cost if they are left out of the big money conferences. This would allow for rivalries to form and also allow Rice and Tulane to be competitive since their academic requirements are limiting their ability to keep up with the Texas' and LSU's of the world.

This could also be good for the CUSA/Sun Belt since they could finally have a footprint similar to the ACC with MTSU, UAB, SoBama, Jacksonville St, Troy, GA Southern/St, FIU/FAU, UCF/USF (maybe), ECSU, App St, Old Dominion, Richmond, James Madison, Marshall, and Nova.

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Sorry for the late response to these thoughts....

I have had similar thoughts ever since the SWC took a dive.

Here are my schools to get the conference back in action. The replacement school tries to add a bit of the original flavor of the conference, plus adding schools from additional states. Which could cure the main problem with the SWC(too many schools from one state). With this group...there are 6 schools from Texas and at least one from Arkansas, Tenn., Louisiana, and either N Mex or Colorado to round things out. The conference could also go to 14 or 16 teams without too much trouble.

SMU = SMU (AAC)
Rice = Rice (C-USA)
Houston = Houston (AAC)
Tech = UTEP (C-USA)
TCU = Abilene Christian (Southland)
A&M = Tulane (AAC)
Texas = Tx State (SBC)
Baylor = Tulsa (AAC)
Arkansas = Memphis (AAC)
OSU = Ark State (SBC)
OU = Louisiana (SBC)
Team 12 = NMSU (SBC), Air Force (MWC), N Texas (C-USA), or La Tech (C-USA).

Possible cites: Houston, Dallas, El Paso, New Orleans, San Marcos, Memphis, Jonesboro, Lafayette, Abilene, and finally either; Las Cruces, Colo. Springs, Denton, or Ruston.
This plan also contains no less than 5 private schools, which would copy the flavor of the original SWC.

There is no easy way to replace teams like Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas or Oklahoma....except to give another school the same chance. With years of rivalry...these schools could come together and unite their strength.


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