Unless the Atlantic Sun decides to add football they might not be looking for teams with football in the future. I know that Kennesaw State is adding football and sometime in the future they will want all of their sports in the same Conference if possible.
According to an Article in the Telegraph - Macon, Georgia Newspaper http://www.macon.com/2014/06/29/3174906/a-sun-ready-to-turn-to-the-page.html?sp=/99/160/The next 4 paragraphs is from that Article
Gumbart is typically non-committal about expansion. The NCAA requires six eligible teams for automatic bids in postseason tournaments, except for seven in basketball. The A-Sun moves forward with eight programs in Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Northern Kentucky, North Florida, Stetson and USC Upstate.
Having eight programs means more financial benefits for each, and the A-Sun will get a nice check from the NCAA for several years, courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer in the past two NCAA tournaments.
Gumbart wants to stay at eight for a while -- even that’s already tentative with speculation that Northern Kentucky will bolt for the Ohio Valley Conference soon after completing the transition from Division II -- and firm up plans and commitments.
“If there is an institution that we agree we’re interested in and they agree they’re interested in us, it wouldn't be a short-term engagement. ‘Look, we want to carry forward with a long-term commitment,’ ” he said. “Again, we’re in the strongest position we've ever been.”The Commissioner seems to be saying that since Northern Kentucky is possibly using the Conference as a stepping stone they are only looking at teams that want to remain in the Conference. Since DII. teams that have football will most likely want to have all their teams in the same Conference if possible.
I see the Atlantic Sun looking at these DII non-football schools Columbus State, Georgia Regents, Nova Southeastern, Alabama-Huntsville.