Thou shalt not groom Mary Jane
I'm actually impressed they are managing that much support given the history. That's... kind of impressive for a school in a town with a **** load of other entertainment options.I’d also prefer unlv, but the problems there seem to be
They suck at football. Like really bad. Like they haven’t even gone .500 under a coach since the 70s or something.
Their support is pretty bad given the above, I think their attendance is roughly in the high teens range
Now, it's pretty rare for long ****ty programs to become quite good, so they would probably be a perpetual bottom dweller - conferences need those too. And it's helpful if they are in a reasonably good place to visit for other teams: visit a fun city, watch your team win, what's not to love? Attendance would increase pretty quickly as a result of this, but it would be unlikely to translate to good football.
But, if carriage fees are still a thing (pretty sure they are a thing), isn't SDSU lumped in with the LA market? So you get those fees, and SMU adds a huge tv market, so there's some value there as well. Honestly, the addition of SMU would be a pretty compelling piece of evidence that carriage fees really are still a thing.