Outside the box idea:
Could the Atlantic Sun invite 3 MEAC schools, offering them reduced travel?
A-Sun North - Lipscomb, ETSU, USC Upstate, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Savannah State
A-Sun South - Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson, Jacksonville, North Florida, Florida A&M, Bethune Cookman
The MEAC's 3 southernmost membres cut out the trips to Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Both the Atlantic Sun and MEAC end up at an even number of members (12 and 10, respectively). The remaining MEAC members would also see their footprint tighten.
Football would be the only issue; either the incoming MEAC schools would need to stay in the MEAC for football, or join the Big South for football. The Southland could even be a possibility down the road given how many of their members are moving or have talked about moving to the WAC or Sun Belt. With Kennesaw State beginning scholarship FCS play in a few years, the Atlantic Sun would only need two more members to form its own FCS league. While it is unlikely that Jacksonville, Stetson, or Mercer (Pioneer Football League) could make that leap, a possible new program at Florida Gulf Coast and a resurrected program at ETSU would be the most likely candidates.
It would never happen and the MEAC wouldn't let them leave for other sports and keep fb. Fb is the only problem but is the biggest sport and is the main reason FBS/FCS conf. expand.