How different is it for me (or any other NDSU poster) to call you a name or for you to label us collectively? That's what I was calling you out on.
Because my statement was not an absolute statement about NDSU posters. I use the term "mostly". When something sticks to what a number of posters state, that is not condemning them, but simply being critical. Calling someone a jerk is extreme.
The Mid-Con is the conference that has been adding members outside of its core area in the last five-ten years. If it makes no sense to them, why have they been doing it?
Right, and every instance of expansion is just that, and instance in time. Those candidates that were in far distant locations were chosen because they offered the most or best advantages more than their disadvantages at that point in time. Those circumstances can change with a different instance in time, depending upon the needs of the conference, and the characteristics of the conference candidates. The total number of expansion members needed at any point in time can change as well. Just because they did it the last time in taking far distant candidates, doesn't necessarily mean they will take them again. If GVSU and NKU were candidates at this time, and if they took IPFW along with them and expanded, and they split into two divisions, that would reduce the number of far distant trips for a large majority of their members. Instead of traveling to Cedar City, Tulsa and Shreveport every year, they would just go to maybe one or two of those far distant locations per year, and in exchange go to Ft. Wayne, IN, Allendale, MI and Covington, KY, which are much much closer to Valparasio, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL, Macomb, IL and even (save Tulsa and maybe Shreveport) Kansas City, MO. That would reduce travel costs significantly.
I like many other folks on this board are quite flexible in regards to allowing individuals to hypothesize conference makeups. For those of us familiar with the NCC, the move of any school with the exception of UND is ridiculous/comparable to me posting that NDSU will find its way to a $20 million budget and be in the Big XII or MWC.
It may be that way now, but things can change in the future. USD has some characteristics of a I-AA school, and MN has no mid major schools, and only have 1 1-A school. Missouri, Colorado, and Wisconsin are all a similar size and have multiple I-A/I-AA/I-AAA, and there is certainly a market that is there for a group of midmajor schools in that region (refer to filbert's very open minded post on page 5, I believe). In time, they could overcome the financial challenges, especially if they feel there is problems with staying at D II (competitiveness, other teams moving up to DII, etc). Its shortsighted to say that the conditions of today are fixed forever in time.