That's just Oiler with his know who you are and where you stand policy. I think he was a serf in a prior life, or an indentured servant.
The big losers in realignment were USM, Rice, Marshall, and UTEP. Still, I think it is likely that all four of those schools would get into the AAC before UL ever does.
It's got nothing to do with "knowing our place", and everything to do with accepting the reality of what the G5 conferences have become. What the G5 has become are two geographically sensible conferences in the MWC and the MAC, two conferences that make absolutely no geographic sense in the SBC and CUSA, and one conference with a couple of schools (UH and USF) that actually almost made the big time, and several other schools that are delusional enough to actually believe they belong at a higher level than the rest of us.
The reason your prior life was a serf sir. You see your position as static unchangeable.
This board are filled with former lives as American Patriots. They see a wide open world needing to be taken.
until we put 30k butts in the seats consistently.... we ain't going anywhere
On a regular basis Tulsa, Tulane, SMU don't. Just saying it's a lot more than butts in a seat. When we get those things straightened out there'll be more than 30K.
UL has three areas of deficiency when it comes to moving to the AAC:
1. Academic reputation
2. Athletic budget
3. Size of city
We can do nothing about the third, but we do control the first two. I don't know if a 40MM budget and tier 1 is achievable in the next 5 years, but we have to try get there. Imho fan support is not a problem area for us at this time.
Both countries have fewer than Lafayette. Storrs in a county of 432 S miles which is almost twice Lafayette. Lafayette metro is bigger than both in population. Now Storrs may boarder a bigger metro area, but I could not find them as part of one.
...and the fourth and most important thing missing...a projected opening in the AAC. But we must be ready when the P5 boys shuffle the deck.