It's looking more and more like those seven C-USA expatriates aren't getting what they bargained for in filling out those change-of-address forms.
Yet that watch list doesn't just show the possible folly of those newly and nearly minted American teams. It also shows how much work C-USA needs to do in buffing its own image. Among the players on that Maxwell list are three from C-USA, two from the American and seven from the Mid-American Conference.
That wasn't a typo. The conference that Marshall escaped to join C-USA and that UCF escaped to join C-USA before it escaped C-USA to join the American has more Maxwell watch list members than the other two combined.
And all is not totally well in C-USA's bowl structure, either. There's a good chance it will lose the Liberty Bowl, long-time home to the conference's champion, and its official relationship with the Military Bowl lasts all of one year. After being an official C-USA bowl tie-in for 2013, ESPN reported it becomes an ACC-American match for the next six years.
But C-USA was expected to find some bumps in the road. How could it not, when seven teams leave over two years? Those seven teams' move to the American was supposed to be a step up. Was it?
In the end, those former and soon-to-be-former C-USA teams transplanted themselves in a different neighborhood, but it's still on the same side of town. And it's nowhere near the gated community that houses the "Power 5" conferences.
(And for the folks who groused that Marshall didn't hop on that realignment bandwagon, understand that the Thundering Herd is sitting in about the same place it would if it jumped to the American, except it didn't have to pay for movers.)
It's another example of the distinct middle class that's forming in college football. Some folks, like Louisville, can escape it. Others, like Tulane, can't. In the quest for a more attractive image, sometimes some costly alterations are involved.
The shame is, after that overhaul, the reflection in the mirror isn't always much different.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.