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RE: Rice AD: Best Academic Profile, Largest Endowment in G5
Rice is located in a big-time city. It offers an outstanding baseball program and a potentially solid men's basketball program. It has a history with current AAC programs. It is an elite academic institution. AAC programs (in both football and basketball) need to be able to recruit in Texas and having both Rice and SMU would help that.

The AAC would not be making a bad move to invite Rice.
10-14-2021 09:54 PM
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RE: Rice AD: Best Academic Profile, Largest Endowment in G5
(10-14-2021 09:46 PM)DrEvilGuapo Wrote:  
(10-14-2021 09:34 PM)esayem Wrote:  
(10-14-2021 01:19 PM)b2b Wrote:  
(10-13-2021 10:34 AM)Frank the Tank Wrote:  
(10-13-2021 10:25 AM)Bogg Wrote:  My guess is he knows (as does everyone) that CUSA is going to have some defections, that he's had some discussions with both the AAC and MW, and that while Rice isn't necessarily a shoe-in for either conference collectively the odds of an invite to one is at least 50/50, maybe better. Don't underestimate the value of Houston-area recruiting.

I agree. The location of Houston in and of itself seems be getting underrated in a lot of these realignment discussions. That might be the single best metro area that you want to be located in for football recruiting purposes.

Plus, I always see references to the "potential" of School A or School B, yet it's almost as if though they're forgetting where REAL potential lies: an elite academic school that has super-wealthy alums and a massive endowment that's directly located in arguably the best football recruiting region in the country. THAT is potential. Now, whether they could ever achieve that potential is rightly questioned, but the point is that a good Rice football program is, without question to me, much more valuable than any other prospective AAC candidate that isn't in the MWC.

The smart thing in conference realignment is to not get caught up when a candidate is riding on a high or, alternatively, at a historical low point. You need to have the clairvoyance to understand what value a school brings when they're 6-6 or 0-12 as opposed to what they're worth when they're 10-2 (as those seasons are rare for anyone other than a very small handful of schools).

You STILL haven't detailed what Rice brings if they're 0-12. I understand why b/c it's an absurd argument. Their elite academics haven't done a damned thing for Rice when it comes to realignment or their athletic programs. They've been left for dead by multiple conferences starting with the SWC. Rice's elite academics and endowment are not going to help the AAC get a contract bowl or a better tv deal or be included in a potential P5 split from the NCAA.

They’re a school that’s in the conference’s flagship state and they directly replace a vacating huge metro market. There are a bunch of regional conference programs nearby with long athletic histories in SMU, Tulane, and Tulsa.

Fun fact: Rice has more double digit winning seasons than ECU this century. 03-idea

Fun fact: Rice has more double digit winning seasons than UNC-Chapel Hill this century.

FWIW, I’m completely on board with Rice. I wish UAB and Rice could go ahead and be announced while they deliberate on whether/how to go further.

Unfortunately, UNC was not a direct competitor with Rice as a conference mate. 03-phew
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RE: Rice AD: Best Academic Profile, Largest Endowment in G5
The threat of realignment is still hanging over the AAC until the Big 12 decides what to do once Tx/OU move on. IMO, SMU is the main attraction to draw any other Texas school. Should they leave the AAC becomes a weak football conference scattered from Oklahoma to east coast. The only Texas school that can survive and even thrive in the AAC is Rice. Should SMU, Memphis or South Florida leave the owls would still have Tulane and Tulsa which Rice would probably still consider an improvement over CUSA. I just don't see any other Texas school paying exit and entrance fees to join an AAC that likely won't be much stronger than any other G5 conference and that's with SMU. Should the ponies leave, then forget about it.
10-15-2021 12:15 AM
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RE: Rice AD: Best Academic Profile, Largest Endowment in G5
Nobody adds value to the Big 12 besides Boise State and Memphis. No one else.

Leave it at 12 and move on to expanding the playoff to 8.
10-15-2021 01:33 AM
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RE: Rice AD: Best Academic Profile, Largest Endowment in G5
(10-14-2021 09:54 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  Rice is located in a big-time city. It offers an outstanding baseball program and a potentially solid men's basketball program. It has a history with current AAC programs. It is an elite academic institution. AAC programs (in both football and basketball) need to be able to recruit in Texas and having both Rice and SMU would help that.

The AAC would not be making a bad move to invite Rice.

If Rice will commit to update the football stadium and spend at the AAC level—I think Rice would be a excellent option.
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(10-14-2021 01:19 PM)b2b Wrote:  You STILL haven't detailed what Rice brings if they're 0-12. I understand why b/c it's an absurd argument.

Right now the MW's Mountain Division's best home recruiting ground is.....Colorado? Houston instantly becomes that division's prime recruiting area the moment Rice is offered. Opening up Texas to the front range schools/Utah St and re-opening California to Boise is a big structural benefit regardless of Rice's on-field performance. If they serve as nothing but a conduit through which Wyoming and Colorado State get better players, well then....... Wyoming and Colorado State can probably live with that.
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