Originally Posted by WMR
UK would be a much more attractive candidate than Kansas to a prospective conference, period. IDK why you want to discredit it, but averaging 65-69k fans per game year after year is a huge deal, especially when considering how generally lackluster Kentucky's football teams have been.
Stadium size and attendance are huge lynchpins in any school's desire to join/move conferences.
I do agree that your initial point about "Kentucky looking to bolt" was silly.
Having good home attendance in football is nice, but that doesn't make money for anyone else. For another conference to want to bring you in, you have to bring something to the party to share. Kentucky basketball would be attractive to any and every other league -- name recognition, TV ratings, NCAA tournament payouts, packed houses when the Wildcats come to town. Kentucky football? Doesn't move the needle at all.
In that respect, UK and KU are more alike than different, although Kentucky's football program has been better supported over the years than Kansas' has been.
Luckily for the Cats, it's just a hypothetical because their league isn't cracking apart!