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Realignment rumors abound as SWC revival shakes up FBS, FCS league Southland
Quote:Dennis Blandford, AP

HOUSTON (AP) -- Power 5 conferences the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference as well as most of the G5 conferences find themselves in a conference realignment nightmare as the Southwest Conference moves forward in reviving the league in 2020.

The Big 12, SEC, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA are looking to regroup as several member schools have announced their intentions to leave their respective leagues. The American is looking to replace virtually its entire West division. Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Incarnate Word are among favorites to be called up to FBS-level football in order for the league to maintain a footprint in the state of Texas.

The SEC will probably replace Arkansas with UCF, according to league sources.

Conference USA is also looking to backfill with FCS schools in their league footprint. James Madison and Jacksonville State lead the list of rumored schools. The Sun Belt, in a panic, has announced it will dissolve as a football league, which could solve the crisis facing both the American and Conference USA. Several member schools are almost certain to find new homes, but some will also probably elect to go the Independent route. One Sun Belt school, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is rumored to have several options. The Big 12 is one option, as it is looking to add the Redhawks as a full-time member.

In related news, the University of St. Thomas (Texas), located two miles west-southwest of Downtown Houston, has announced plans to start up a football program and become Division I-ready by 2025. The Big 12 is said to have been negotiating with the Catholic school for provisional membership in the meantime.

Another school located in Houston, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, has announced it will break off from the University of Houston System and rename itself Clear Lake University. Included in the announcement are plans to start a full Division I-level athletic program, which also includes a football program. Construction on a 50,000-seat stadium in nearby Houston suburb Pasadena, where much of the school is located, is also included in the plans. The university is looking to be FBS-ready by 2030.

Yet another Houston-area school, Baytown's Lee College, announced its intentions to become a four-year institution and Division I-level athletics program. Lee College President Dennis Brown made the announcement from the Lee College Athletic Complex. Plans include joining the University of Texas System and changing the name of the new four-year university to the University of Texas at Houston. Restarting the tennis and baseball programs as well as starting a women's basketball program are also included in the plans.

Fun fact: Dennis Blandford, the "author" of the piece, is a reference to Pete Townshend of the Who. (His full name is Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend.) He turns 74 today.
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How many other Texas schools do all of those Texas schools want to play? I'm not sure if that idea is that popular.

Between the P5 and G5 you have 12 FBS schools, with the entire spectrum of tradition, from newbie to established brand. Texas, Texas A&M, and Houston are arguably the top 3, and don't play regularly, if at all.

Texas and Texas A&M need their 8 home games. They're not playing anyone in G5 on the road.

Houston could certainly use the boost in season ticket sales with regular visits from the Horns and Aggies, but what's in it for the Horns and Aggies??

How well do the Texas schools' fans support and represent by traveling to road games?
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(05-19-2019 10:20 AM)USM@FTL Wrote:  How many other Texas schools do all of those Texas schools want to play? I'm not sure if that idea is that popular.

Between the P5 and G5 you have 12 FBS schools, with the entire spectrum of tradition, from newbie to established brand. Texas, Texas A&M, and Houston are arguably the top 3, and don't play regularly, if at all.

Texas and Texas A&M need their 8 home games. They're not playing anyone in G5 on the road.

Houston could certainly use the boost in season ticket sales with regular visits from the Horns and Aggies, but what's in it for the Horns and Aggies??

How well do the Texas schools' fans support and represent by traveling to road games?

Oh man, if we had any Tech fans here they would be triggered.
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(05-19-2019 11:50 AM)loki_the_bubba Wrote:  
(05-19-2019 10:20 AM)USM@FTL Wrote:  How many other Texas schools do all of those Texas schools want to play? I'm not sure if that idea is that popular.

Between the P5 and G5 you have 12 FBS schools, with the entire spectrum of tradition, from newbie to established brand. Texas, Texas A&M, and Houston are arguably the top 3, and don't play regularly, if at all.

Texas and Texas A&M need their 8 home games. They're not playing anyone in G5 on the road.

Houston could certainly use the boost in season ticket sales with regular visits from the Horns and Aggies, but what's in it for the Horns and Aggies??

How well do the Texas schools' fans support and represent by traveling to road games?

Oh man, if we had any Tech fans here they would be triggered.

Nobody cares about TodgeRodge. lol
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(05-19-2019 10:20 AM)USM@FTL Wrote:  How many other Texas schools do all of those Texas schools want to play? I'm not sure if that idea is that popular.

Between the P5 and G5 you have 12 FBS schools, with the entire spectrum of tradition, from newbie to established brand. Texas, Texas A&M, and Houston are arguably the top 3, and don't play regularly, if at all.

Texas and Texas A&M need their 8 home games. They're not playing anyone in G5 on the road.

Houston could certainly use the boost in season ticket sales with regular visits from the Horns and Aggies, but what's in it for the Horns and Aggies??

How well do the Texas schools' fans support and represent by traveling to road games?

TCU is light years ahead of uH
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(05-19-2019 11:50 AM)loki_the_bubba Wrote:  
(05-19-2019 10:20 AM)USM@FTL Wrote:  How many other Texas schools do all of those Texas schools want to play? I'm not sure if that idea is that popular.

Between the P5 and G5 you have 12 FBS schools, with the entire spectrum of tradition, from newbie to established brand. Texas, Texas A&M, and Houston are arguably the top 3, and don't play regularly, if at all.

Texas and Texas A&M need their 8 home games. They're not playing anyone in G5 on the road.

Houston could certainly use the boost in season ticket sales with regular visits from the Horns and Aggies, but what's in it for the Horns and Aggies??

How well do the Texas schools' fans support and represent by traveling to road games?

Oh man, if we had any Tech fans here they would be triggered.

Not triggered at all. The top 3 public schools in Texas belong to a P5 conference.

Austin, Lubbock and College Station cover the state of Texas.
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