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.
I tend to agree with Island Red, stadium size and attendance are useful because they show what kind of support a program has. But one concern in particular that I heard when the Big 11 was looking at Nebraska was "Sure they always sell out their home games, but does anyone else in the country care?"
Apparantly the respective decision makers decided that the rest of the country cared enough.
Really it's 2 pronged answer; 1) Does admitting this school get the conference into a market that it otherwise doesn't have. 2) Does admitting this school bring the sort of attention that even people not in the school's market will care about.
I think in Kentucky's case the answer is yes to question 1, no to question 2(if you're talking about football.)
In any event, I'm happy the Big 10's not looking to kick anyone out because Indiana wouldn't be particularly attractive to any conference if it got the boot right now.