We already have 2 P5s on the schedule for 2018: Arizona and Tech and we already have Rice on the schedule. Plan was for 2-P5s, 1 Texas G5, and one decent G5 a year to hopefully balance the schedule. We have to have a home game for 2018 as both Rice/Tech are roadies.
Last time I did a schedule thread a couple of months ago, all of the following schools would have been able to play a road game on 9/22:
Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, BYU, and ULaLa have since filled their dance cards. The rest still have openings. Coastal Carolina should have been a slam dunk since Hunter used to AD there, but I doubt the would have excited the fan base. Utah State could have been interesting, but the fan base probably wouldn’t care. UTEP should have been an easy get. We still have a return game for Vandy so I don’t imagine they were available.
Honestly, TSU won’t hurt our SOS; FCS teams don’t usually count against it. I imagine this will draw a bigger crowd than the rest of the options would have and it saves us from a payout to TSU. We do need to start working on future schedules so this doesn’t happen again though.
My thoughts on Hunter is that he’s spread too thin. Hopefully they get a deputy AD in soon that can take some of the load off. His focus is mainly on the facilities and I’m not sure he’s able to do some of the other tasks required. Staff seems to love him, but he needs to start showing the fans in the revenue sports that he is making it worth our while to support the program.