The Bishin Cutter wrote:
I agree about the Rice vs. Houston thing. Rice's ceiling is higher than Houston's, but, you know...you have to actually care a little about your sports to get into these major conferences. Because Rice hasn't, there they still sit...
People outside of Texas don't care about Rice, and likely wouldn't know much about Rice nor consider them for realignment scenarios (other than purely geographical ones) if it wasn't for their AAU status.
People inside Texas have a fondness for Rice, like most did about TCU. Their band, their baseball, their stadium, hosting one of the early Super Bowls, JFK's why does Rice play Texas speech, and many other aspects have endeared them to the people of Texas that outsiders don't realize.
Houston is looked down upon, it is almost the quintessential commuter college. Other than Phi Slama Jama, Andre Ware, and recently Case Keenam, Houston as been an after thought in Texas sports. They have little fan support or media coverage, but still that's 10 times more than what Rice has.
But that doesn't mean Rice doesn't care about sports, they are an elite baseball school, and are now the CUSA football champs thought their fb history is sporadic at best, but they've never been a basketball school, and likely never will be.
Rice is, to most Texas realignment aficionados, our legacy pick. The one we wished had made it in like Duke, Vandy, Northwestern, and Stanford were able to. But it likely won't happen, and even if it did, it would only be for the short term.
But I dispute your assertion that Rice doesn't care about sports. They just have a smaller budget, a small student body, and high academic standards, all of which makes it more difficult to complete with a large commuter school which has many student, a larger budget (from spending less per student as a commuter schools and also receiving state funding), and far lower academic standards, plus some name recognition from their little history I mentioned above. They try to compete, and sometime do, however they (like many smaller private schools) are continuously behind that eight ball.
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...