Well I'm telling you right now that the Mid-Con has two schools ready for a larger conference and the school closest to making the jump is not Valparaiso. Yes, Valpo may have had recent success in men's basketball with about five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 appearance. Don't think for a minute that the recent success is going to lock you into a move though. A different team has gone to the NCAA Tournament the last three years (Southern Utah, Valpo and IUPUI). The conference has began to level out some.
The school that I believe is ready to make the change the right now is Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ORU has had the best attendance in the conference every year for the past six seasons (since joining the conference). Also ORU dominates in baseball and volleyball. ORU has also gone to the NCAA Tournament in women's basketball two of the last five years and had an all-american. ORU has a basketball only facility (Mabee Center) which seats about 10,500 and has great attendance for a Mid-Con school. Averaged over 5,500 this year, which is more than Western Kentucky (Sun Belt). Mid-Con schools aren't going to have good attendance when you play schools like Chicago State and IUPUI (I don't care if they made it the NCAA Tournament, nobody sees the name and not laugh). ORU baseball is going to be a big motivator for ORU to start looking for a new conference.
Anyways, I'm for Valpo and ORU to move to a bigger and better conference. They are ready to move up and compete with big name mid-majors on a regular basis. Both programs have a loyal followings.
If interested, take a look at a preliminary draft of a new conference I have come up with recently. I see turning the conference into a 12 member league would not be a bad idea and I think dropping a team and adding someone else wouldn't be a bad idea. Also, as I've already posted on my message board, St. Louis has several options right now and alliances the more I read.
New Basketball-Only Confernece