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RE: It’s official. No football at Little Rock
(02-08-2019 12:23 PM)Yosef Himself Wrote:  I don't believe there's a single institution in the Sun Belt that is wanting to add additional schools to the conference.

Now if USM decided they wanted to be more regional, I think the Sun Belt would add them.
02-08-2019 05:07 PM
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RE: It’s official. No football at Little Rock
(02-06-2019 11:59 PM)Lopes87 Wrote:  
(02-06-2019 10:54 PM)johnintx Wrote:  ORU is stuck.

They had a bad experience with the Southland, which is too bad, because it's a pretty good geographic fit.

The WAC is a stretch. I can't see them signing up for multiple flights to the West. Yes, Tulsa has a decent-sized airport, but it's not a hub. Going west from there usually involves a stop in DFW, Denver, or maybe Phoenix. They may have one direct flight per day to LAX. Vegas isn't an issue for them, but the multiple flights to the West probably are.

ORU's dream would be to join the MVC, where cross-town rival Tulsa spent most of its history. There are many reasons why that won't happen, one of which is that the MVC would rather move east than west.

At this time, the Summit is the best option for them. They're going to be in a one-bid basketball league regardless, and their baseball team has a great chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament most years in the Summit.

As for the original subject, the UALR consultant recommended correctly. Football is a bad idea for them, for all the reasons mentioned above.

Tulsa airport offers 19 non stop flights 6 of which are to WAC destination cities. LA,Vegas, PHX, KC, StL, Chicago. Rest would have to be connection flights. Seattle, NMSU, UTRGV, and bus from SLC to St, George.

That's a long bus trip. Vegas to StG is much much shorter.
02-08-2019 11:37 PM
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RE: It’s official. No football at Little Rock
(02-08-2019 05:07 PM)dbackjon Wrote:  
(02-08-2019 12:23 PM)Yosef Himself Wrote:  I don't believe there's a single institution in the Sun Belt that is wanting to add additional schools to the conference.

Now if USM decided they wanted to be more regional, I think the Sun Belt would add them.

The consensus on the Sun Belt board seems to be USM and Marshall would be the 2 programs worth adding should they choose to join the Sun Belt.
02-09-2019 12:53 AM
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RE: It’s official. No football at Little Rock
(02-09-2019 12:53 AM)debragga Wrote:  The consensus on the Sun Belt board seems to be USM and Marshall would be the 2 programs worth adding should they choose to join the Sun Belt.

There are many options that aren't entertained, but should be.

For instance, if UTA and LR were to relocate to a basketball league, that would open up all sorts of things, like Rice and UNT switching over to the SBC, a move that would increase SBC stability greatly, help you guys out in your battle with your friends down I-20, and bring in the Houston market to the SBC equation.
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