UALR would be the only non-fb. member of the conference hanging dry. So what would be the future for UALR if that occurs?
That is a legitimate concern for UALR down the road as well as for the Sun Belt. The Conference would need to decide its own identity and if UALR fits that mold. I think watching how the UAB situation turns out will be important. However, if the Sun Belt decides to only have football playing members, UALR will be on hunting for a new home. Here are some options (alphabetically):
Atlantic Sun - would be furthest West member by a long shot (probably not)
Horizon League - would be furthest South member by a long shot (probably not)
Missouri Valley - would be furthest South member but close to the rest of the conference (maybe)
Southland - would be a very regional conference with non-football members TAMU-CC and New Orleans (maybe)
Summit - would have Oral Roberts next door as a conference member but the conference is pretty spread out (maybe)
WAC - would connect Texas to Missouri, but the conference is very spread out (probably not)
A scenario I could see playing out is UALR, UMKC, and Chicago St joining the Summit. UMKC would be rejoining. I'm not sure if the Summit would even consider it. It would jump their membership to 12 which is a nice even number.
North Dakota St, South Dakota St, South Dakota, UNO, Denver, Oral Roberts, UALR, UMKC, Western Illinois, Chicago St, IUPUI, IPFW
A bridge is created for all of the states and adds the markets of Little Rock, Kansas City, and Chicago.