At this point, am I the only one who would just like to see CUSA and the Sun Belt merge? After Tulsa leaves, is there really that much of a difference between the 2?
East- Appalachian, Charlotte, FAU, FIU, Marshall, Old Dominion
South- UAB, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, MTSU, South Alabama, Troy
Central- Arkansas State, Louisiana, La. Tech, Monroe, Southern Miss, WKU
West- NMSU, North Texas, Rice, UTEP, UTSA, Texas State
Despite the easier travel C-USA and the Sunbelt won't ever merge. Sure it makes perfect sense to many of us but not to them. C-USA, as the older more established football conference feels innately superior to the younger Sunbelt. C-USA also has the better media markets, and up until the most recent conference shifts programs that clearly outspent and outperformed their Sunbelt counterparts. C-USA also has a far better tv contract and merging with the SBC would dilute that pool of money.
Some of that distinction has eroded recently with C-USA adding some nascent programs purely for their markets and potential. It would be hard to argue that the bottom of half of C-USA is better than lets say Arkansas St, UL Monroe, and UL Lafayette but Tulane and now LA Tech would never allow them into C-USA