Here's something I wrote a long time ago that might be worth a look for ya:
The Summit League Football House of Cardshttp://collegesportsinfo.com/2010/09/11 ... -of-cards/
Alright, a few things in response to your article:
*Since you wrote the article, Southern Utah has left the Summit for the Big Sky, tightening the conference footprint around the Midwest. No surprises there.
*You said that North Dakota and South Dakota would join the Big Sky in a heartbeat. Now the Big Sky is trying to renege on inviting North Dakota, and South Dakota GAVE UP a chance to join the Big Sky in order to go to the Summit/MVFC.
*You predicted that Sacramento State would join the Big West, which did not happen.
*Again, I'm not advocating for a new football conference, just that the Summit should consider taking over the MVFC, similar to the A10 football becoming CAA football a few years ago.
*What are Butler's higher aspirations? Would they necessarily reject the MVC if they were ever offered a spot?
*What do NDSU, SDSU, UND, or USD bring to the MVC other than more mouths to feed? The MVC is one of the best non-BCS basketball conferences. I just don't see them adding two lower tier basketball members just to protect their name on a football conference.
*If protecting the football conference is so important, why didn't the A-10 do the same thing in this situation back when the CAA was adding members in 2005/2006?
The MVC is a financially viable, highly-ranked non-BCS basketball conference. FCS football doesn't really affect that reputation. The Summit League is a lower tier conference, but is tightening their footprint and is on the rise. FCS football would help their reputation. I'm not saying my scenario is imminent, and it is only my speculation. But if I were the Summit commissioner, I would be looking at a real possibility of sponsoring football. And that's based on something a lot stronger than a house of cards.