What i suggested back on page 68 of this thread (with my own fantasy realignment of the conferences, which i won't subject you to again). Expecting university Presidents to actually display some common sense is another thing altogether. Egos won't let these guys admit that the big footprint of these conferences is unsustainable, and a big mistake.
From the outside, people tend to look at realignment from a "top down" point of view: It makes sense to group these schools together, create balance/symmetry, and why don't they just do THAT?
But the reality is that each established conference and each school is out for what's best for them. No one is going to make a decision based on anything other than "How is this BETTER for us than what we have now?"
In all my years of making analogies on this website, this might be my most insane/wild reference one:
The former members of Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver have always struggled with finding a lead singer they can write good music with and fits their vision, while being someone they can get along with/not crazy on heroin.
From the "top down view of conference realignment," based on what I like and want to see, it makes total sense for them to replace Scott Weiland with a singer who I feel is an excellent song-writer, can just bleed raw emotion into each song from a place of pain, and is at their peak musically when they are rocking out with the hardest arrangement. And of course I am talking about Taylor Swift. But there's simply no way that that joining Velvet Revolver is a better career move for her.
And that's what AD/Presidents decisions are like.