Here is a thought to mull over. What if the C-USA teams are in talks right now on making a move to create a new conference with the Eastern Sun Belt schools, and ideas of adding some FCS schools in the near future? Both conferences are having the same difficulties about the east/west issues as well.
The schools on the east could go with the eastern conferences of C-USA.
South Alabama (football in Sun Belt by 2013, but could be in the new football conference as well.)
Western kentucky could go to the MAC, and North Texas could wind up in the WAC or in the new SWC of the old west C-USA teams.
That would leave?
Middle Tenneesse State
That would leave them 6. If they decide to extend an invite now? Which teams would be likely to accept?
Sam Houston State
Stephen F. Austin
UAPB (to replace UALR if they had to leave for another conference, and UAPB does not fit the SWAC anymore.)
Missouri State if the oppertunity arises for them to join.
Central Oklahoma? Long shot.
Delta State which would add a Mississippi market which was missing piece in the old SBC puzzle.
One NAIA school who was a D-1 player at one time can fit in including readding football would be Oklahoma City U.
UAPB is a HBCU like ALL of the SWAC and you say they fit better in the SLC. Put thought and research into your posts. Don't just blanket the board with stuff.
You have some good stuff like the CUSA east split theory that we have talked about on here, just don't throw in crazy stuff with that.
D-I school starting football must spend 2 years as a FCS before moving to FBS(S.Alabama, FIU, FAU. All of these took a little longer)
D-II to FBS not allowed (you must spend 2 years as a FCS member)
D-II to FCS/D-I allowed with a conf. invite starting in 2011
FCS to FBS allowed with a conf. invite starting in 2011
NAIA to D-I not allowed anymore. You must spend 5 years in D-II as a full member( plus 3 years as a provisional member) first before you move to D-I
D-III to D-I not allowed
No one will leave a current conf. to join a different one if the other one makes less money
No one will steal the top 2 schools from every conf to form a new one. i.e. Texas, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio St. starting a new conf.
You can NOT just kick a school out of your conference. They need to have major violations (Almost death penalty) to get kicked out, even then it's unlikely at higher level conferences. The only ones this has happened to in the last 20 years that I can remember were UTPA (kicked out of the Sun Belt) and Chicago St. (kicked out of the Mid-Cont./Summit)
Temple was NOT a voting member of the BE just a football affiliate, which is different. Affiliates come and go a lot.