Fresno St. Alum wrote:
I've never seen SHSU defended so hard since Texas Terror vs all the Texas St. guys when they were going to move up. I guess SHSU vs Lamar is the new move up rivalry.
I'm not trying to defend SHSU. I listed many more schools than Sam on my short list for the SBC.
What I am trying to say is that Lamar isn't ready. If a school can't win at any major sport...then they need to take some more time to develop a winning tradition. The SBC has enough 'new' schools....they don't need a new school that doesn't ever win.
Lamar has a record of 18-28(four seasons) since they restarted their fb program. And 10 of those wins have been against DII and DIII schools. So, that leaves 8 wins against their own league or DI schools...in four years. Which is an average of 2 wins per season.
I just don't see how 2 wins a season is going to add anything to the SBC especially when playing against tougher competition. If Lamar can't win in the Southland...then how will they win in the SBC?
Lamar's stadium is in good shape, as is. I don't think that the stadium is what is holding Lamar back.
Lamar's athletic budget(13.2mil) is only 800K higher than Sam Houston(12.4mil)...which isn't that big a difference. As a comparison...Liberty's athletic budget is 30.2 million, JMU's is 34.5 million, Delaware's is at 25.5 million and Towson's is 22.8 million. So, when compared to the east coast schools....the Southlands two schools are pretty low.
Schools on par with Sam and Lamar: UT Chatt., Jville State and Mo State. These three are between 12-13 million.