With the expansion carousel ride that carried the Mountain West, WAC, Big 12, Big 10, and Pac-10 around and around for our amusement all 2010 long winding down at last, it's naturally time for the Sun Belt to hop on board, because why not? With our longtime favorite South Alabama Jaguars (U-S-A!) moving up to I-A in 2012, the SBC will be a 10-team league, and just two programs away from being a legit dozen and all the privileges that affords. Naturally, as we've come to expect from all conferences mired in these matters, there are hilarious provisos involved:
The Sun Belt would only consider universities with an established Football Bowl Subdivision program currently aligned with another conference. And the conference would want any new member to fit into its geographical footprint.
WE AIN'T THE WAC, in other words. (Tragically, this knocks out our first choice of Florida A&M, whose band and terrifying mascots would only enrich our national fabric of college football with amped-up coverage.)
Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State, both ex-Sun Belt teams, are listed as potential targets, but in case this doesn't happen, pony up. We want a Sun Belt conference championship. More accurately, imagine the parties. Imagine the parties in Ruston if a conference championship game comes to town. What schools would you be willing to jettison from your own conference to make this happen?