Alabama paper saying "Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., who also serves as president of the Sun Belt Conference executive committee, says the league won’t make a knee-jerk reaction to seek new members" and that they'll "see where the dust settles and see what is in the best interest long term"
“We could certainly be fine with eight,” “I don’t think there’s any crisis mode to expand. At the same time, we need to be pro-active as a league. It would be beneficial for us to add, but I don’t think we would just pick two teams."
"If we invite any institution to fill a spot, we have to go after similar programs that make up the Sun Belt,” “One of the more important things in my mind is the geographic foot print." “I think we have to look at what is logical from a geographic standpoint. Some of the movement I see makes little or no sense.”
Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, New Mexico State, Lamar, Liberty, Sam Houston State, and Jacksonville State are on my upgrade watch list and all sound like they'd fit with what he's saying.
For the Sunbelt, I do think NMSU would be a fine addition since they are a proven, yet lackluster, commodity. But in the end, my wishes for the SB are the same as they were in the beginning: App St and GA Southern. Especially with the geographic concentration with Fau gone, adding a 2nd GA school and a western NC to offset MTSU.
For the MWC, it's a tough spot they are in: they want room for Boise St and SDSU or even BYU. So they can't easily expand with say UTEP and Rice because they aren't locks to improve the TV value the way BSU and SDSu would. And expanding to 14 doesn't seem to be on CTs agenda.
For the SB, I think they are in a fine spot. It's not a sexy conference, but it has a great regional footprint. And if a school gets hot 1 year with an undefeated season, they get a chance to showcase. My bet would be Troy one season in the next decade.