Originally Posted by wolfboy
Still, my point stands that you have a better chance of getting that spot as a top team in the AAC than you do on a bottom feeder team from the B1G, SEC, ACC, etc....
No doubt about that.
The rub (to Caveat's earlier point) is those perenial bottom feeders from power conferences are assured to be in a position to hire away top coaching talent from the lower ranks largely because of their annual TV revenue advantages.
UC was ultimately chasing revenue equality with upper-tier CFB programs through ACC/B12 membership. That ship has seemingly sailed, all but ensuring UC will be a stepping stone program over the long haul. It's impossible to consistently compete on a national level when a school can't afford to keep elite coaches.