Yeah, nobody on this board seems to embrace "hybrids", myself included.
The Sun-belt doesn't seem to have any mechanism (or desire) to kick UALR out, though.
UTA had vaguely promised to "consider" football, but has apparently backed off.
So given that reality, Benson helped out his buddies at Idaho and NMSU by providing a football home for them,
which compensates for 2 of the full members (UALR and UTA) not playing FB.
Idaho is a ridiculous out-lier geographically, but a few FB games a year (4 in Idaho, 4 where Idaho has to come to them) is no big deal.
Notre Dame is just a "user". Unless they have a secret long-term agreement to move their FB from independence into the ACC long-term,
they are just a leach. The ACC and Big Ten should have let them rot in the decaying American Conf. / Big East.
Good points so far. Like UTA, UALR could have "consider to re-instate football", but so far, these schools don't feel like having those plans in mind, making things not so interesting; very unfortunate in my opinion. Look at South Alabama, the ONLY charter member (continuously and uninterrupted) within the conference who was mostly a pure non-football school until they plan to have the sport installed within the program in the early 2010's. The same applied with UTSA, started as a pure non-football school until 2010 or 2011 while mostly being in the Southland at that time.
Let's say UTA has added football, but would it motivate NMSU to aspire for full membership, while planning to gain a football-only affiliate on the East side within the Sun Belt's footprint (like Army or UMass)? So far, Idaho is VERY FAR away from the mostly South Central/Southeastern U.S. members the Sun Belt has.
Anyways, back to the A-Sun realignment stuff, that conference must find at least 2 more expansion candidates to keep up the 18-game conference-play schedule. So far, most of the membership schools, without East Tennessee State and Mercer since they'll head to the SoCon next season, are from Florida with 4, plus a school from Georgia (Kennesaw State), a school from South Carolina (USC Upstate), a school from Tennessee (Lipscomb) and a school from Kentucky (Northern Kentucky). Besides, has any of those mentioned schools within the past 15 years had sponsored football ever? All I know is that Jacksonville is one of them, and most recently Stetson.