Idaho makes pitch to remain member of Sun Belt

Only two conferences in the FBS are below the 12-team minimum to field a conference championship game: the Big 12 and the Sun Belt. The former team just received a reprieve from that rule, but they are still looking to expand.

The Sun Belt, however, have to wait until they get more members to field a conference championship game. The Sun Belt currently has 11 football members and will add Coastal Carolina from the FCS in 2017.

It looks like a current member wants to stick around for a little while longer. Idaho is a football-only member of the Sun Belt and their current deal with the conference is nearly up.

On Thursday, they made something of a sales pitch to the Sun Belt by releasing a 19-page slideshow that highlights facts like the Vandals being a founding member of the conference.

Idaho re-joined the Sun Belt along with New Mexico State after the WAC dropped football in 2013. This came after the Sun Belt lost FAU, FIU, Middle Tennesse State, North Texas, and Western Kentucky to Conference USA.

The Sun Belt seemed close to their own demise before bringing in Idaho and New Mexico State, followed by Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Appalachian State in the following two years.

The Vandals were also pretty smart to make note that they have had no impact on the conference’s financial standing, meaning that their pitch is centered around money, much like any other sport.

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