Western Oregon is actually D-2, though they are just getting comfortable wearing those shoes after being NAIA and then D-3 for a while. Besides, since the North Central didn't last long for CWU and WWU, there's now a reasonable football conference with those three, Humboldt State, and Dixie State in Utah. Not great, but reasonable. Furthermore, the Great Northwest serves CWU, WOU, and WWU better than the Great West would... not sure what happens if Seattle U joins, but I doubt any of these schools want any part of conference road trips to New Jersey. Probably not Chicago, either. There's not a highly developed fan base among those three schools to cover those costs.
I thought Western Washington was keeping an eye on D-1 for a while... but I think they were thinking Big Sky. Recently, nothing... and I thought I heard something indicating they've been scared off.
They could use some D-2 compatriots... and I don't see where they'd come from. Everyone else is comfortable.
You're right Pounder, I meant to put WOU in with CW and WW, I just spaced and left them out on accident.
I agree that WOU and probably CWU would be better served in the GNW than the GWC, about the only legitimate offer that would tempt them into going I-AA would be for the Big Sky to take them on and be a 12-team conference, which I don't see happening unless other schools end up going I-A along with Montana. That said I can see the Big Sky taking the Dakota schools first (wow, that wouldn't cause even more animosity, would it?).
While I have a feeling that NJIT will probably find an Eastern home once they get settled into DI, I think ChiState will end up being an albatross throught the lifespan of the conference. I doubt any other conference wants them anywhere near their membership. Their only hope is that the Big East splits, the former BE basketball schools raid the A-10 and Horizon, causing those conferences to pillage the Summit.