Simply referring to me as the name of my school makes my heart swell with pride. From the words of the wise Hank Hill: "It's so beautiful. So God-dang beautiful." :'(
as they once said about Texas under David McWilliams, people are choosing Texas because they want playing time. Those are the people we DON'T want. Currently, Texas and Texas A&M almost never lose players to Texas schools except a few W. Texans to Texas Tech. They may lose a player to OU or ND or occassionally some other out of state school, but almost never to North Texas or even Houston or TCU.
My first instinct is to agree with you, but then again UT/A&M have only accounted for two of the eight Big XII titles. And Jim Morrison was still alive when one of them last won a national title.
But still, having said that, you may still be 100% right. LSU (the school, not me) rarely, if ever, loses a recruit to LT/ULM/ULL/TU. However, Louisiana has the best per capita football talent in the nation (hey, that's at least
arguable) and only one major program. That formula yields one national title every 45 years apparently.
FAU and FIU might get a lot of talent, but they won't be taking it from UF, FSU and Miami. They'll be taking it from CUSA, MAC and maybe a few from SEC, BE and ACC schools out of state. I imagine the same will be true for UCF and USF although, being alone in their metro area, they might do well in central FL as Tech does in W. Texas.
I don't think USF can avoid
being in a BCS bowl for the next five years. They could hire Gerry Dinardo
and play in the Orange Bowl vs. the FSU/UM winner next year.
Speaking of which, this is another blunder the ACC made with the divisions. If UM/FSU are in the same division, it is far
more likely for both to make it to a BCS bowl, especially if they play in the season opener.