The Sun Belt has divisions!
The Sun Belt announced its divisions in anticipation of the league's championship game in 2018. The divisions aren't unreasonable and thank goodness neither is named Legends or Leaders. They run along an East/West split.
The West division will feature Arkansas State, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, South Alabama, and Texas State. The East division will feature Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Troy.
For Texas State's purposes, they avoid Sun Belt powers App. State and Georgia Southern as well as resurgent Troy. The Bobcats have to deal with always tough Arkansas State but at first glance, and these things change, the western division is definitely an easier grouping.
Stadium Naming Rights Deals in Texas
According to the Sports Business Journal, a couple of Texas Stadiums are among the more lucrative in terms of naming rights in all of college football. While naming rights is a fairly new phenomena in college athletics, TDECU Stadium at Houston and Apogee Stadium in Denton both yield revenues among the top 10 in college athletics.
TDECU pays the University of Houston $15 million over a ten year period or $1.5 million per year.
Apogee pays North Texas $20 million for 20 years.
Other deals of note include Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, which was renamed after a $20 million gift from AT&T, then SBC around 2000.
USC recently sold naming rights to the Coliseum for some $4.7 million per year, a number that is in the ballpark of the amount Washington got for renaming Husky Stadium, Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.
Could your program use an extra million plus a year? Cool. Sell your naming rights and cash in.
How Much A&M pays for Non-Conference Body-Bag Games
Speaking of millions, Texas A&M will shell out $2.8 million for three nonconference games in 2017, according to game contracts obtained through an open records request by the Dallas Morning News. Louisiana Lafayette will earn $1.25 million for their trip to Kyle Field in September. FBS opponent Nichols State will make $550,000 when they visit College Station in week 2.
Finally New Mexico will earn a nice $1 million payday to play the Aggies.
Last year, A&M spent $3.15 million on nonconference football games. Which included a visit from PAC 12 member UCLA.
Football recruit Unique Brissett may have catfished us all
In one of the great hoaxes in recent memory, recruit Unique Brissett may be the Lennay Kekua of college recruiting. Proving once again that all recruiting news is newsworthy, Brissett, perhaps a fictionalized human, claimed to hold offers from some twelve FBS powers including Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, and Miami. When those schools started denying offers to young Unique, folks started putting the pieces together.
Brissett has several recruiting profiles that suggest he plays his prep ball at one of a couple of New York Area schools including one that hasn't played football in five years. All these facts didn't stop recruiting websites from running with Brissett's bogus twitter updates. Whoever is behind the account is a genius and a hero and we hope Brissett continues his education at a location where his talents can truly be admired. Either that or we hope Butch Jones signs him.