Boom! From the commish himself.
Based on rumblings I've read elsewhere, the next Horizon additions are predicated on the MVC raiding the Horizon. Wait what?
It starts to trickle down from C-USA's upcoming decision re: UAB. Should they do the expected thing and boot UAB, the MVC will take UAB. The MVC will then take a Horizon school for even numbers. Thus, the Horizon will add a school eventually. The key thing here is the Horizon commish used the word "soon".
My guess is that there will be actual conference realignment soon albeit among the "Other Conferences".
The closest thing we might get to P5 expansion between now and 2025 could be Navy opting out of the AAC (then Navy declared a P5 by the SEC for non-conference scheduling purposes) or the Mountain West "UAB-ing" Hawaii. Still, I thought this is exciting enough for now. Vaplo is probably headed to the MVC with UAB by July, 1 2015.
UAB has also re-upped their basketball coach after a good tournament showing. That coaches quote...
(and you'll love this)"Getting the conference affiliation worked out moving forward is the No. 1 thing on my mind."
-as in not recruiting
-as in not getting to the Sweet 16 next year
-but no, priority numero uno is (presumably) finding a new conference for UAB
-which is awesome because the dominoes will start to fall soon for us expansion junkies
Finally, should C-USA replace UAB with an MVC school (and they just might as Missouri State has angled for this)...
There will be not one but two dominoes tumbling down from (I guess)...
C-USA --> MVC --> Horizon --> OVC ---> Summit??? (anyway it might end up at the lone hoops Indy, New Jersey Tech, finding a home).