Next shakeup coming down the pike will be in the number of college football bowl games. ESPN is involved with a majority of the bowl games and with the fiscal cuts coming from Disney, look for ESPN to cut ties with a number of lower bowls to reduce cost and focus mainly on the Top bowl games today. When that happens in the next few years, a number of the bowls with contract ties to the SBC, CUSA and MAC will be gone without that money. The next few years will be critical for UL, not just in raising money but positioning themselves in branding, budget and alliances.
We continue to take care of business, we will be alright. I also think the NOLA Bowl will survive. Everybody wants to party in NOLA, and I think the optimun tie-ins for that bowl would be US, either independently or through whatever conference we will be in and an at-large major program. That would be a top attended bowl every year.
If not and, as you say, UL will be part of a more regional SBC and CUSA conference rather than what I said I would (perhaps unrealistically) like to see, then what we would be looking at is a split in the two conferences along Eastern and Western lines.
If our only option becomes a split of the SBC and CUSA schools, I would envision some kind of scenario like the following:
UTEP, UTSA, TX State, Rice, UNT, Louisiana, Ark State, N. Texas, LA Tech, USM, MT, USA
Marshall, ODU, Charlotte, GA Southern, App State, GA State, FIU, FAU, Troy, ULM, WKU, UAB
That said, if ESPN does cut ties with a number of bowls with ties to the SBC, CUSA and MAC, and there are no longer guaranteed bowl games for those conferences, would you see UL benefitting by going Independent in football? Would that be a better path to the G5 Alliance and say an AAC conference invite? Independence today doesn't make sense because of all of the conference bowl tie-ins, but under that scenario, is it plausible or suicide?
AAC - Memphis
MWC - Boise State, Utah State, SJSU, UNLV, Fresno State
MAC - N. Illinois, Akron, Toledo E. Michigan
CUSA - Marshall, W. KY, FIU, FAU, ODU, MTSU, N. TX, UTEP, USM, UTSA
SBC - Louisiana, ULM, USA, Ark. State, TX State, App State, GA State, GA Southern, Troy, CCU
This is why Boise State has never been in serious consideration for the Big 12 and PAC 12, they simply don't meet the criteria of either conference academically.
Our opportunity to be part of the new alliance in the new future will be determined by a number of factors, not just winning percentage.
Now that the APC is finished, that might spur more donations towards getting the stadium finished. We need to continue to win, win another bowl game and play ourselves into
a Top 25 G5 Alliance spot. That would make UL attractive if the AAC expands. Until then, go to the CUSA if it presents itself and keep working towards the above. Don't know how long before the G5 declare the Top 25 alliance, but our AD and President need to formally state these as goals so that everyone can get on board towards that end. Don't do that and we are doomed to where we are and it is our fault for not setting those goals.
-We are in a 2 fold searching adventure
We want in a new conference and we need a larger athletic budget to get there---We want in a new conference and we need more funding to get sufficient PHDs---At this point it would seem that one gets the money or some type of breakdown that one side would get too much and another to little---Just wondering what would you guys do as an administrator!!!!