There is a ton of ULL alumni money that goes to TAF and that is a shame
True but that money is sent to LSU to have access to tickets to see Bama, Florida, UGA, etc.
ULL will always be handicapped by the Sun Belt. A home schedule of Nichols, Texas State, New Mexico, Troy, and ULM doesn't exactly get the juices flowing and inspire contributions.
ULL's mistake was insisting on remaining division 1 years ago. Compete against SFA, Sam Houston, Southeastern, Nichols, McNeese, Northwestern, etc. That's your station. Dominate that level rather than forever be stuck at the bottom.
What's better? Finally getting a Sun Belt conference championship or winning an FCS national title? Will these facility improvements vault ULL all the way to the Beef O'Brady's Bowl?
As far as the state tax dollar contribution argument goes, given the current state of higher ed funding, I can understand the frustration from some folks who feel dumping money into the athletic budget of a sun belt school is a waste of resources.