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Could SMU come up with half a billion😳 to entice any P5 conference to accept them?   (Is it that important to them)?  
When ex Dallas Mayor & SMU alum Garry Weber gave his alma mater’s athletics program mega-millions toward an expansion of  G. Ford Stadium I think it was not done with the idea of staying at a G5 level. (Uh, duh)?
This re-alignment opportunity for SMU may be their last roundup for quite awhile & Mustang athletics seems to be pulling out all the stops to make it happen.  (You have to admire their proactivity over on the Hilltop, you really do). 

SMU is doing all the right things starting with the huge donation from Weber & like the below architectural painting.  (I think a  similar painting by UNT will be soon if I understood W. Baker correctly in his podcast with Harry the other day.  (BTW, a great job, Harry & WrenB). 


Just like in Track & Field for runners at practice,  it’s always a good thing to have a rabbit for said runner to stretch his/her potential.  I think SMU is more than an effective rabbit for our favorite school whatever conference the Stangs’ stay or land in.  Nevertheless, UNT will not fold tent based on SMU’s athletic future  & in your hearts you know that is right—right? 

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❇️🦅❇️ GMG! 

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Everyone who thinks that SMU to any of the money conferences is a ridiculous idea, doesn't know how America works. The rich get whatever they want. SMU has several of those get whatever they want types. It really doesn't matter if anyone watches SMU or goes to their games. They can just buy players, get to the top of the rankings and then people will watch.

 

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On 7/13/2022 at 9:12 PM, NM Green said:

I think smu is as good as gone and good for them. They aren’t sitting idling by while the conference quakes rattle. 

This isn’t all bad for UNT. Become the premier team in the AAC with new foes and a regional reach. We’ll be fine. But kudos to SMU for their aggressiveness. If they land in a bigger conference it will have been earned/lobbied to success.

In this new day and age that’s what it takes folks.  

Now win Seth or get out of the way. 

GMG

If SMU leaves it is bad for UNT. This is what every left behind team in a lesser conference says when a premier program moves up. It’s always bad for the teams left behind. 

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1 hour ago, MeanGreenHoops said:

Everyone who thinks that SMU to any of the money conferences is a ridiculous idea, doesn't know how America works. The rich get whatever they want. SMU has several of those get whatever they want types. It really doesn't matter if anyone watches SMU or goes to their games. They can just buy players, get to the top of the rankings and then people will watch.

$mut's money hasn't bought them any conference promotion thus far, and now their winning football coach, that couldn't be bought either, has left town...     

 

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8 hours ago, DeepGreen said:

As my Sicilian Dad (may he RIP) use to say, “He who has gunpowder gets to shoot”.  And SMU has a whole lot of gunpowder.

And what does your favorite cousin, Guido (who I respect so very much, of course) have to say about it, O Ye the original Godfather?🙄🤠

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8 hours ago, MeanGreenHoops said:

Everyone who thinks that SMU to any of the money conferences is a ridiculous idea, doesn't know how America works. The rich get whatever they want. SMU has several of those get whatever they want types. It really doesn't matter if anyone watches SMU or goes to their games. They can just buy players, get to the top of the rankings and then people will watch.

 

 

6 hours ago, NT80 said:

$mut's money hasn't bought them any conference promotion thus far, and now their winning football coach, that couldn't be bought either, has left town...     

 

It isn't about the money invested it is about getting people to buy your product.  No one company was better positioned with resources an as a known technology/software brand to challenge the Apple iPhone than Microsoft.  They failed horribly.   SMU isn't the CFB Microsoft of DFW before the death penalty and definitely not after.   Also you can't just buy players or more importantly coaches to get the best out of those players.  Otherwise the best veteran coaches like Harbaugh, Kiffin, Lincoln Riley, Matt Rhule, or etc would come to SMU after experiencing head coaching success other places and not just to rehab after getting fired somewhere else.   A P5 conference seriously considering SMU is no longer P5 they are G6+.

Also someone mentioned ND not getting and conference payout near SMU if they are in the same conference.   And UNT is not getting an equal payout from the AAC.  Well for the first couple years that might be true.  But 3 years in after paying off CUSA UNT and all the teams joining in 2023 should get equal share.  Conferences don't work when teams want (Pac 12's USC & UCLA) or are getting unequal shares of the conference TV revenue (Big 12 Texas, OU).  Guaranteed the Big 10 nor SEC isn't going away from the equal revenue sharing model.  And Norte Dame has no financial reason to join the ACC for football.

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