I don't know how much of that is true. The last academic rankings I see have
Miami 77, Ohio 115, Buffalo 121, Rest Tier 3
WKU 31, USA, 47, MTSU 56, rest Tier 3
So for "the schools are," is that the case?
What rankings are those? UMOH's an original Public Ivy and top-100 national university according to USNWR, and SUNY-Buffalo's AAU. Add Ohio, Ball State, NIU, WMU, BGSU, and Kent State, with UMass and Temple...those are the ranked national universities. They're grouped in the same category as comprehensive universities like Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Duke. And NIU, IIRC, boasts some of the better graduation rates and GPAs for their athletes?
Maybe SBC is more appropriate for WKU because WKU is still seen as a smaller, regional school, but I thought WKU has wanted to become seen as a bigger school than it is, for more than just the sports, and I thought they got that with being in a group like the MAC than the SBC. The two conferences are similar in that they both house programs with small athletics budgets, but, as noted before in the previous post: now that the SBC has changed, are you willing to spend your already small athletics budget shipping kids to San Marcos or Muncie? Denver or DeKalb? How about your fanbase?