All members are guilty, not just UNT. But I will admit, having a member that is on a 13 game losing streak vs FBS teams in OOC is baaad for your conference. Having said member reach the your conference championship game is even worse.
Some of this is a function of the NCAA lifting the annual signing limit for this year and next. With the limits in place, then signing too many JUCO or Portal players with less than four years of eligibility remaining mean that down the road you team is going to be short on players. Not sure what they will do in four years when all these portal players start running out of eligibility.
Liberty is going to do some things to this run-down conference that they might have to ask forgiveness for after. Lots of low-budget schools locked into a conference with them and their high budget. If they go 13-0 and 12-1 season after season, could they actually endanger the AACs grasp on the playoff because folks will get so used to seeing them ranked?
Summing up from what i read in this thread on Fuente:
Things i don't like: Lack of actual trophies. Recruiting pointing slightly downwards starting from medium territory.
Things I like: Seems to better understand the portal, had the introspection to understand that he went wrong on identity, that promises improvement. More Texas ties than i realized.
Things i still wonder about: How did he do with NIL and boosters who may facilitate it.
Still overall, I would rather have someone who just killed it at the FCS level and could now try to replicate it with more resources than he had prior.
Also some posted on the value of experience. maybe it is time to post on the value of youth and weakness of experience, as some of the older folks seem to have forgotten about it. The last few years have seen some fairly young HCs emerge, like Riley at OU-USC, Day at Ohio State etc. On average they did just as fine as older head coaches.
You need a lot of energy to be an HC. That speaks for youth. You need to understand and credibly relate to 17-23 year olds, that is easier for someone who is young. You need to recruit across all those new channels. You need to fully adapt to the portal and the redshirting rules etc, not just when recruiting. Youth is more open to try completely new things over proven things and it is a weakness of experience that it often creates a bias that makes folks fail to realize when proven things are gradually stopping to work or overtaken by better things. Sometimes people learn from bad experience, but often enough they learn the wrong things -they decrease their trust when trust is essential.