The MVFC is NOT sponsored by the MVC. the MVC can't sponsor football, unless there are minimum of 6 MVC football teams in the league. There are NOT currently - there are 5 (plus 4 in Summit, plus Youngstown State). the league had previously been known as the "Gateway Conference". The names CAA and MVFC would lead you to believe that the FB leagues are sponsored by the D-1 all-sports conferences, but in each case, the FB leagues are essentially independent.
I think Doug Elgin still runs the MVC, and Patty Viverito runs the MVFC and the Pioneer Football League (D-1 FCS, non-scholarship football), both independent of the MVC. Those football conferences effectively rent space from the MVC.
I would love to see North Dakota join the MVC / MVFC, and Wichita State join the MVFC. I think Patty's comment is that Wichita State has made public statements that if they start up football, it's solely intended to facilitate moving ALL THEIR SPORTS to the AAC or similar conference. And selling Wichita State FB to the MVFC members is difficult if they feel they are "being used".
My point wasn't to imply that both Missouri Valley conferences were one in the same. I think everyone is aware that they are separate. The point is....that both Missouri Valleys are controlled by a majority of MV schools(all 10 in one, and 5 in the other). Would the 5 schools on the fb side be willing to go against one of their partners on the other side of the MV?
Sure, it has been suggested that WSU will look towards the FBS....but, so might Missouri State(and possibly an Illinois school at some point. Because, the Ill. state legislature was looking for ways to put more schools into the Big 10 as some point. Which means a school would have to move up the ladder eventually to be eligible for the Big 10 inclusion. I, of course doubt that another Illinois school will be added to the Big 10, but, that shouldn't stop the State from pushing their schools up to the highest levels possible....ie: the MAC, CUSA or the AAC.
Would Mo St be willing to possibly ruin their relationship with WSU over WSU starting fb and needing a home, even if it is temporary(2-6 years in the future)? With Mo St knowing that they too will be short lived in that conference and could possibly be a running mate of WSU in their future endeavors.
Would the 4 other non fb playing schools in the MV put any pressure on the fb schools to cooperate with WSU to keep stability in the Oly side of the deal? After losing Creighton....could the MV stand to lose more of their top level talent this soon after?
There are some dynamics here that the lady Commish seems to be overlooking. All because she doesn't want to look like a doorstep....which I don't really agree with. That's why I suggested that the MV should allow WSU to start fb and be a member of both MV conferences even if it is short term.