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Kleiber: Southland Conference not worthy enought to claim Sam Houston State

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 00:12

With the undeniable athletic successes of our university, Sam Houston State has recently thrust itself into national consciousness—thus, setting ourselves apart from others in the Southland pack.

The triumphs of the football program and the consistent “SH” paw sightings on ESPN have been the engine of opportunity when it comes to the topic of “seeing other people.” Finally, we are no longer referred to as the team that gave Rhett Bomar a second chance.

All across the board, Bearkats have proven themselves not only “Southland strong”, but Southland supreme. Since Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, and The University of New Orleans are all four invited to the party in the near future, it makes a sports fans wonder—is the Southland Conference becoming a diluted brand?

Losing three respectable programs last year in Texas State, Texas-Arlington and Texas-San Antonio was not something the conference necessarily celebrated, as Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett spoke of the harsh reality of playing conference musical chairs.

“In the world we live in, in Division I, where conference realignment is a reality…there might be one conference out there immune to realignment and that’s probably the Ivy League. Every other conference is subject to change. We’ve just about seen that across the country.”

Sunbelt Conference, Conference USA and the WAC are all attractive possibilities.  Logically, though, our university would have to meet certain requirements to move and play with the big boys of the FBS. Whether those requirements are related to attendance, fan bases, or media markets, one this is for certain—you can’t turn us away because of competitive talent. And to finally be a part of such a debate, my fellow Bearkats, is most refreshing. Thanks and Eat ‘em up.

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