Besides the schools already involved.....who else is there for the Summit to look at recruiting?
The Summit is in the direct line of fire for the Horizon League...to poach another team or two. The Big Sky could possibly poach a team to even up their numbers. The WAC swapped teams with them last season. If, for some reason, the Mo. Valley loses a team....the Summit could end up paying for it, as the position schools occupy on the ladder moves upward. I just don't see that the Summit is dealing from a position that has much behind it. They need to act now to foster relationships, strength, and the power it takes to get ahead of other competing conferences.
So, just like the SunBelt....I feel the Summit needs to add some teams now. So that, when the conference does lose another team....it won't damage the conferences core. Building a strong base of teams doesn't just happen overnight. Which leads me to wonder who might have a chance to make a move up to the Summit? And, if they add schools with fb.....how will that work out?
Suggested already: Lindenwood, UM St.Louis.
How many other teams are readily available to move up to D-1?
Are Regis and Metro State ready to move up?
Are you asking for the WAC or any conference?
N.Alabama-Already wants to move up but needs a home.
LIU-Post-was talking about moving to the NEC or merging w/ LIU-Brooklyn and keeping football
Augusta St.-was/is going to change their name and wants to move to D-I
Columbus St.-looking to move to D-I
W.Georgia-said they'd look into D-I when enrollment reaches 15K
Bellarmine-wanted to move up a few years back, haven't heard anything since the new move up rules
S.Indiana-same as Bellarmine
UCSD-would only move up to join the Big West, students shot down the fee hike to move up
Nova Southeastern-Seemed somewhat interested in D-I
W.Florida-said they'd either move to D-I or start football and stay D-II, they're starting football.