The SUNBEAST might have been
All that fun we had cooing at the logo for the imaginary SUNBEAST football conference, all those times we fantasized (halfheartedly) about the possibility of a UConn-FIU home-and-home series -- we were so close to something actually resembling the SUNBEAST and didn't even know it. From the Tennessean's report on Karl Benson's mad machinations at the wheel of the SBC:
On April 1, Benson emailed a powerpoint presentation to Sun Belt presidents/chancellors and athletic directors, laying out the league’s various realignment options.Big Red
The same presentation included several maps of potential conference mergers – one of which was titled “Makes Too Much Sense” and proposed a 33-school superconference combining the Sun Belt, C-USA, WAC and Mountain West Conference.