"I'm assuming we play in the Liberty Bowl, but if we don't that's OK, too," he said. "If for some reason it makes sense for us to do something else or for them to do something else, that's OK, too."
The 2014 C-USA football season will feature 13 teams, as three schools exit, WKU enters and Old Dominion enters league play. Charlotte's rise to C-USA in 2015 has school and league officials thinking about reworking the divisions to maintain a 7-7 balance.
Banowsky said Southern Mississippi is certainly switching to the West Division. On the much-discussed move of Alabama-Birmingham: "I don't want to speculate on that; I don't want to get too far ahead of that one."
Five of the new schools are hosting an Olympic sport's championship, and one or more newcomers stand to host the basketball tournaments at some point. One attractive arrangement that has become doubtful, to the league's dismay: Nashville, with WKU and Middle Tennessee co-hosting.
"We're in El Paso this year, and I think philosophically I like the idea of moving the event around, exposing it to different fan bases," Banowsky said. "The SEC kind of has locked up Nashville, which I think would have been a great option. But there are other great options as well - we've got schools like Charlotte."
Banowsky likes the league's TV situation, present and future. Of course, many of the new schools are in larger TV markets, which C-USA officials believe will help in future negotiations.
"We have really good TV platforms. We play mostly on Saturdays, which is what our folks wanted," Banowsky said. "Fox and [Fox Sports 1] have been a really great pump for us; we're getting great exposure on FS1. CBS Sports continues to grow their audience - I think they're up to 50 or 60 million homes, and they're clearly in all of our markets.
"We have two more years left after this year on our agreements, so we'll begin the process of looking at the future. But the good news is content, content is limited and it's valuable and desirable, and people are consuming college football like never before."
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