Commentary: UH foe wrongfully left out of conference discussions
With conference realignment in full force and Conference USA programs at UH, Central Florida, East Carolina, Memphis, SMU and now Tulane bolting for the Big East, Tulsa — which remains tied for first in trips to the conference’s championship game since 2005 — is being wrongfully left out of the mix.
The Golden Hurricane are left in no-man’s land after watching their two closest rivals — UH and SMU — receive and accept invitations into the Big East. The conference took in Tulane on Tuesday — a program that has not seen a winning record in a decade or a conference championship since 1998.
While UH vice president of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades sought to ensure the Cougars’ place in the re-alignment mix one year ago, Tulsa representatives announced Tuesday that Tulsa director of Athletics Ross Parmley has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation into gambling charges.
To be fair, Southern Miss also remains undeservedly stuck in the same sinking ship after serving as the league’s leader in Conference USA championships with five. Unfortunately, after the Golden Eagles ended UH’s perfect campaign a season ago, they celebrated the program’s 100th season with a 0-12 debacle.
For Tulsa, amidst all the turmoil internally and externally, it seems certain that the program will end up somewhere — be it the Mountain West or Big East. The Golden Hurricane, or Golden Eagles for that matter, do not belong in the likes of future C-USA members such as UTSA, North Texas or Old Dominion. Then again, one may not have expected former Southwest Conference member UH to end up in the Big East.