Given how Mike Aresco looks like an idiot every time he speaks, I think the Sun Belt commish is doing a good job of just keeping it close to the vest and saying they have a good product while working behind the scenes. I also tend to believe they're not losing anyone either. But, I also believe they know they have the inside track to possibly add 2 more schools once CUSA has 2-4 teams* picked off by the American, particularly after the long assumed UT Arlington and Little Rock departures for basketball-centric conference homes so they stay at 12 full members. I'm sure the Sun Belt has and is of some interest from nearly every CUSA school looking for a life raft that gets left behind in the AAC party. They almost don't need to puff their chests and act like they can add when they're quietly confident there's interest in them when the dust settles.A little something from the Orlando Sentinel (be prepared for ads galore - had to turn off Ad Blocker and I was just inundated with so many annoying ads everywhere) as it pertains to the Sun Belt: Sun Belt staying put?
Not a whole lot in there honestly but I do find it interesting that they aren't trying to be a little more proactive. The commish seems pretty confident that his league will stay intact.
*I did see somewhere that while the AAC is talking adding up to get up to 14, Navy wouldn't be thrilled with that idea, as it likes having more chances to play its non-conference games. Navy has leverage to just leave if they want, but the AAC needs their brand in the league for football purposes so, the AAC has to think about that when going out to add. Given they were rebuffed by Colorado State and Air Force (I think AFA wanted to go much more, but once CSU bailed because of external pressure from its booster base, AFA knew there wasn't really a partner in it and they decided to bail too, in addition to booster backlash), there's not much left to pick from. UAB is coming but, it probably ends up being Charlotte as the other team, plus one or two if there is a compromise to get to 12 of FAU, UTSA, Rice, Old Dominion or North Texas.
I think the Sun Belt knows it could wait it out and land Marshall and Southern Miss. If not them, ODU and JMU certainly could plug right in. The latter they'd have to move someone in their "east" block over to the west (probably Troy).