fighting muskie wrote:
I'm not so sure that the MVC would have the will power to launch a counter-attack on the Summit to keep them from gaining a controlling stake in the MVFC. You would have to get some of the 4 private, non-football schools and/or Wichita St on board with that decision and adding members to the MVC would dilute the money that the MVC is bringing in for Creighton and Wichita St's tournament success.
I also wouldn't mind seeing a couple of the DII schools in Minnesota joining the Summit--perhaps if/when the Indiana schools depart.
On the case of the MVC, how about brining Butler, Valpo, and Dayton to the MVC as football-only members from the PFL, while having already-full member Drake joining alongside (who also plays PFL football)? All of these four are currently playing non-scholarship football.
On the case of the Summit, how about having Eastern Illinois re-joining the Summit to revive their in-state rivalry with Western Illinois, and having Youngstown St. as a football-only member?
The landscape of results would look like this:
Summit fb.: Northern Colorado, North Dakota, North Dakota St., South Dakota, South Dakota St., Western Illinois; Eastern Illinois, Youngstown St. (fb-only)
MVC fb: Illinois St., Indiana St., Missouri St., Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois; Drake; Butler (fb-only), Valpo (fb-only), Dayton (fb-only)
But come to the thought of the D-II Minnesota schools jumping in, then the perspective would be different, if/when those Indiana schools withdraw.