Game attendance in their back yard says it all about SMU’s future. They have deep pockets but their enrollment is tiny and their alumni support is almost invisible. They belong is something like the BigE. They have no general support from normally rabid DFW sports fans. The are virtually ignored even by local media. I honestly believe that the death penalty truly killed their football program. TCU on the other hand has demonstrated what a well run program can achieve. They have almost the same enrollment (~11,000) but very solid support. Lastly, they have competition from OU, TT and Whorns here.
Morris was a solid coach and probably accomplished as much as anyone could expect. It’s too bad for SMU and the AAC, because the conference could benefit considerably from strong representation in the metroplex.