The SBC didn't even have time to catch up to the last round of changes...and the whole thing has morphed and changed again. I think they want to evaluate the new rule changes...and then go from there. So, no Southland schools will be going to the Sun Belt for the near future. It appears.
And hey....we can always hope for UTA and UALR to see the fb sunshine. But, if it doesn't work financially...then it looks to be doubtful.
If the Southland does add a school...I like the idea of having a school near DFW, OKC, or Alabama...to expand the footprint into a new market without having to go too far.
That's very unfortunate on the part of the SBC, which explains why it will be stable. Maybe let the 2014-15 season pass by so that the elite staff members of the conference can re-analyze before making any decision.
You know me, I still won't give up about UALR & UTA, regardless of what others said. However, in order for that to happen, both schools need the following. One of them is in financial terms (i.e. budgets, investment for facility rennovation/seat expansion), like you mentioned; others is approval by the staff members of those two schools; but most of all, have fan support within those schools' respective areas. Otherwise, it would be totally pointless.
When it comes for the Southland to add a school or two, how about Arkansas or Lousiana? Which is part of the West South Central U.S. geographic regional footprint. Haven't thought the D-II schools from those areas yet in scratch, but I'll eventually will "do my homework" on that in terms of sharing some possibilities.