I do not think you are aware of the financial situations of some of the schools you are bringing up. Screw those heads on!
None of the GSC schools are in the financial place to make the move to Division I at this time outside of North Alabama and if you've read the Senior Reports or talked to people, that's not even a sure thing since they'd have to multiply their current fundraising efforts in a fractured community while garnering more $$$ from a student body that opposes the move vehemently. The OVC went from a 'done deal' for UNA into a review situation.
West Alabama is in worst shape financially than Delta State with a budget under $3.5M. West Alabama's budget would have to at least double while Delta State's would need to go up at least $2M. UNA wouldn't want in the SLC, because it would ruin their argument about 'travel' significantly compared to the OVC. The SLC would be hesitant to bring them on for the same reasons UNA is now seeing traction from OVC on.
The SLC's best options from the D2 ranks are Abilene Christian and A&M-Commerce. Not sure Angelo State is at the top of the list, but if they find some $$$ to do it and this consultation will tell them what the deal is, they can make it happen...
And you are ignoring the financial situation of some of the current members in the SLC... there are truly some stability issues, but I am not going to get into those here...
I was hoping this board would be a bit more realistic about expansion, but you guys are showing me that you are as "pie in the sky" as some of the other boards.
The financial situation would be exactly why I would want to split into divisions. From my understanding (and correct me if I am wrong) it is the Louisiana schools in poor shape financially. So by adding Texas schools (and we're talking Central Texas, not East Texas, they'd have a greater financial burden. Delta State is in West Mississippi putting them very close to the Louisiana and Arkansas schools. The way I see it, it's the Eastern SLC schools that now have the balance of power. Why give themselves increased travel now that the conference is nice and compact for them? The conference balance now favors the Eastern half of the conference and that right there is the reason only one school will be added in Texas for the time being.
I only brought up West Alabama as a balance issue if the Texas half had more teams. They wouldn't be invited based on the distance alone, nevermind the fact that couldn't afford it.
So the way I see it. One school will be added in Texas, a football playing school so that likely means D-II (I'm thinking Commerce because it's the furthest east). If a team in Louisiana, Arkansas, or Delta State agreed to join the conference, an additional Texas school will be added. If New Orleans wants to jump back to the D-I level, this is the time and place (especially if they add football). If Arkansas-Little Rock left (or was forced out by) the Sun Belt, they could find their home in the SLC.
From the D-II point of view, yes, moving up is expensive and might not be realistic for some of these schools mentioned. From the SLC point of view, divisions would probably be preferred as they help with travel burdens. If they stay at 10, it's because no team east of Texas is available. I would expect the SLC to be at 12/14 eventually.