Two interesting links:
Corpus Christi threw the Southland Conference a big bone to chew on:
In a meeting geared to conference expansion, one of the first questions after A&M-Corpus Christi's slide presentation involved football. Specifically, members of the football-conscious conference wanted to know if the Islanders perhaps had considered adding that sport.
A&M-Corpus Christi, which always has said football would be added - if at all - years and years down the line, gave a different answer than in the past. Athletic director Dan Viola said university president Flavius Killebrew handled the question, and answered that football had not been ruled out, and that the university wanted to reach an enrollment of 10,000 before a Division I-AA program might be started.
Killebrew's projection for a 10,000 enrollment: 2010.
I would still handicap the winners as Centenary/Central Arkansas, but Corpus Christi would be a tough school to turn down.
If Centenary moves to the Southland and Corpus Christi gets left out, it might actually make sense for the Mid-Con to consider a Tarleton State/Corpus Christi combo. With Tarleton growing as a school, close to the metroplex and an easy/cheap flight to Corpus Christi, it would probably make more sense for the MidCon than a UTPA-Corpus Christi combo. Oral Roberts U would probably be thrilled, as they want a Texas presence (and near the metroplex) and Tarleton could play Great West Football.