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Date Posted: Sat, March 12 2005, 2:53:49
Author: UTA_alum
Subject: Re: 2 must-read stories about schools exploring SLC membership:
In reply to: 87 's message, "Re: 2 must-read stories about schools exploring SLC membership:" on Fri, March 11 2005, 22:43:18

UTA and the SLC need to look up. "There ain't no discharge on the ground." Why would we accept TAMUCC? There are just far too many letters in their acronym. Besides, they are another branch school. Are we going to become a conference full of branch schools with no major headers? Is Texas State trying to go somewhere?

I say we drop UTSA, b/c we already have a UTA branch school and not that we're looking anyway, but if we needed someone to join our conference, it needs to be from Oklahoma or Arkansas, or Georgia but definitely not a branch school. How can we be the Southland Conference and include only two states? As it is, we're just a regional conference. We need to become a national conference to entend our REACH and audience. Then we can also begin to to more and better nationwide recruiting. Maybe even go as far as Tennessee.

We should definitely drop one team from Louisiana and one from Texas. UTSA because UTa is the farthest north and had the potential to reach those other out of state schools with less travel, otherwise I would say let's leave the SLC ourselves.

No, the SLC should revamp, rename and rebuild. We would become the Great South Conference and have Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Lamar, Sam Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese, and go after one of the following:

Vanderbilt
Middle Tennessee
Austin Peay
Tennessee State
Georgia Southern
Oral Roberts (well...except they don't have football and that should be a requirement)
Arkansas State University ( we should definitely pursue something as big as Astate.

Whichever school in the future should be one that will put the SLC (Great South Conference) into the national spotlight to help turn this conference into a Div.I conference. That would boost recruiting at every single school including UTA. We should spread our wings a little and really sell Sam Houston football, McNeese football, UTA and Lamar and Texas State baseball, Northwestern and Lamar basketball, UTA volleyball too!

So - don't just go for a little money here, go for the big money. Make a statement. Give yourselves a little more share of market and move out of the regional conference concept - it's tired.

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