Basketball is irrelevant to expansion but to your point, no, other than the last 2 or 3 years when we have been as high as the teens in football for parts of the season and gotten some press.
But when the AAC formed, nobody was doing that other than UCF. We got in on the ground floor. But now the AAC has a number of teams competing at a high level. We don't need to add anyone who isn't going to push us higher. 2016 SMU would not get in today. But the conference is in a different place today.
If we look at final 2020 RPI rankings, UNT was below everyone in the AAC other tha
There is no SMU animosity to keep you out for some non-existent (to SMU) rivalry. Does adding UNT to AAC further their goals? The AAC goal is to get P5 level treatment. There are only two factors that matter to that:
1. Football Prestige and 2. Money.
1.Does UNT regularly appear in the top 25 and get mentioned for potential high bowls? No. So you don't help there.
2. Does adding UNT generate more money, significantly more money, per school to further competing for a P5 upgrade? No.
So you add nothing that matters.