fighting muskie wrote:
I don't think the NMSU thing makes any sense either. Why would the Horizon either entertain a member that far away from the tight footprint they've cultivated?
The prevailing thought on HL team boards is the HL is just posturing with NMSU and for that matter Eastern Michigan. They're not in the least bit interested in either team for expansion, but using them in order to get Belmont and/or Murray State to make a decision about joining the League.
The Horizon League has been making a steady move toward the south and it would be rather foolish to all of a sudden make a horrendous move 1500 miles west of the League's footprint.
There are two years left on the Belmont men's soccer affiliate contract and the HL is looking for Belmont to give them an answer. As of right now, they seem content to be a big fish in a little pond. But the League will never say never. Belmont does quite a bit of recruiting in Chicagoland and the HL footprint for that matter, so who knows. But if their answer is no, the Horizon League will do just as well staying at 10 teams.