In defense of the SLC, this is more of a commentary on college athletics these days. Our peers at various points used to be Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Arkansas St., La-La, La-Mo, etc. All have searched for greener pastures. Had they stayed, the SLC would be quite similar to the SBC now.
A conference with the above, us, UTSA and Texas St-SM is both competitive and academic peers to some degree.
As it is, is it UTA's fault that we are doing what every one else has done? We have stayed put, building the conference up while others have jumped. Looked where that has gotten us.