[quote author=North Dakota Bison board=misc thread=1128187532 post=1128462225]
But then again, the WAC may someday be in a position where they have no options.
Or more like not exist.
There's two things that can happen when conferences have high turnover.
One example is that they become a Southern conference, which in its early days was the forrunner to a hybrid of what the SEC and ACC are today. Both of those conference sprang out of the SoCon. Today they are a southern 1-AA Midmajor with Furman, Georgia Southern, UT Chatanooga. That's a big difference. They survived, but they aren't the major conference they were at one time and they are not 1-A, as the Sun Belt, and CUSA have replaced them and they compete with the OVC and other neighboring leagues.
The other example is the Southwest Conference discontinuing after a really long history. They may decide at a point that there are not any viable alternatives for them to be competitive in 1-A anymore, and leave.
What is more likely to happen is that the WAC merges with the Sun Belt. The Big West and the Sun Belt have had a similar footprint and that would probably return. Otherwise it might require the need for many moveups to happen.
The problem with North Dakota State in 1-A is its market and its location. The location issue is explained in their market study as it relates to conference alignment.