Hmmm... interesting thoughts in that message board thread, including Charlotte and/or Richmond and Northeastern and/or Hofstra switching A-10 and CAA conferences and the A-10 retaining football, and one post about Fordham going to the BE. The latter is a pipe dream at best, as Fordham's basketball sucks (and that's being polite), and St. John's already has the NYC market covered. The A-10/CAA swap is actually a bit feasible, though Richmond and Charlotte may not want to give up having Xavier on the schedule to boost their RPI.
Another possibility is that this could entice the PL to institute scholarship football as a whole, if they see Fordham having success and earning at-large I-AA bids. That remains entirely to be seen though, an d it wouldn't hurt for them to upgrade their facilities (this actually could get them kicked out of the A-10, there are plenty of high schools with better facilities).
There's been alot of laughable stuff on Hofstra/NU and Richmond/Charlotte lately on forums, notably AGS and CAAzone.
* I do see benefits for Hofstra and Northeastern to return to the America East. But those schools don't see them as benefits. They aren't going anywhere.
* Richmond LEFT the CAA for the A10. They've gotten the taste of an autobid from the A10, something only what, 2 CAA schools had gotten in the history of the CAA at that point. And the A10 has since IMPROVED with the additions of St. Louis and Charlotte.
* Charlotte has football aspirations but they are more likely to aim to the Big East and then CUSA or even Sunbelt. Sure, they can play as a member of an FCS league for football, but basketball is their reveneue sport. They aren't downgrading in basketball for FCS football.
* Real simple: at this level, schools leave their conferences when it's an UPGRADE or a lateral move. They rarely downgrade. The bottom "line" is probably in the AE/CAA area. For instance, a Big East school isn't going to DOWNGRADE to the A10. An A10 school isn't going to DOWNGRADE to the CAA. A CAA school would not likely going downgrade to the America East. In lower mid-majors, you might see a rare Big South to A-Sun move or SoCon to Big South (VMI). But at that level, they are lateral moves depending on a smaller schools location, success and budget. With Hofstra and NU, the bottom "line" I reference is that those schools could see the benefits of less travel, better chance of winning as a reason to downgrade their conference affiliation. But it wont' happen. The AE is a mess with their new scheduling system (if school is 200 miles away, you travel the same day not the day before and stay at a hotel) and budget. It's not a desirable place for any new schools.
* Sure, the mentioned schools could move, but it would really take upgrades: Charlotte/Richmond would leave the A10 if the Big East came calling down the road. Hofstra and NU would leave the CAA if the A10 came calling.
* We need to remember that CAA Football is "sponsored" by the CAA in name only. The current 12 members of the league are equal members. So Maine has the same rights as JMU. So we call Umass/Richmond/Maine/URI/UNH/Villanova "associate members" but in reality they are full members, just like UD/JMU/Towson/W&M/NU/Hofstra.