Really UDel and Towson to SBC? In an interview with Karl Benson in Nov. 2013 by Idaho's insider (no less, lol), Karl Benson stated that the conference would only consider a school that fits into the SBC footprint and that is in the East. I know people that there are other FCS schools that are better in Football or Basketball then EKU or even JMU or Liberty for that matter, but going off of what Karl said, one has to believe that UDel and other more northern schools are not an option for full membership. If the SBC only wants to add another Football only member then ok maybe, but if you are going to do that, then try and get UMass or Army who are already FBS members, or go for NDSU for football only! But if the goal which according to Karl is to get another full membership school from the East that fits into the same footprint as what they had drawn up with WKU, then EKU is the logical fit (Same state, closer to App. State.) EKU will be the 2nd choice if JMU doesn't join. Doesn't matter if we like it or not. The Goal is to get to 12 football playing schools and 12 all other sports playing school in order to have divisions in both Football and Basketball. So this will happen soon, if not in January then by July, unless there is another school from the East that fits within the footprint that comes out of the nowhere!
Hibbett: East? You mean Southeast or South Atlantic; because East is technically in the Northeastern U.S. region (New England and Middle Atlantic sub-regions). But nonetheless, I do agree with your point of view. The Sun Belt must act and analyze a.s.a.p., for the benefits of the conference, their footprint (geographically and economically), their member schools, and their fans. Plus, looks like James Madison will be out of the question within SBC membership talk, as according to some sources that the Dukes will have eyes to join C-USA in the future.
However, I don't like the idea of North Dakota St. as a football-only member. NDSU will eventually be in the FBS if they keep up the success in football (and on certain sports), but it won't be for the Sun Belt. In my mind, if NDSU wants to be on an FBS conference (at least for full membership status) OR on an FCS conference, let years pass by to see if the other 3 Dakota schools (along with UN-Omaha with football to be re-instated in a certain point) find success on a few sports, so along with NDSU can discuss on planning to join either in the Big Sky or the WAC (with football reviving but in the FCS level; which is looking to have South Central/Upper Midwest U.S. regions in the footprint).