The Lone Star conference is likely to dwindle to 11 in the hnar future, and would appear to be ripe to lose some schools to the D-1/FCS Southland Conference (to replace some Southland schools that are looking at FBS football). The LSC has to be wary of this, and I wonder if they will have impetus to expand to replace lost members sooner, rather than later.
There are 5 Texas schools and OK Panhandle State (practically part of Texas) sitting there in the Heartland Conference. They are already D-2, no need to wait for NCAA approval to move-up, and all those "transition years".
Maybe their sports programs don't mesh well with the LSC (I don't know), but do you guys think the LSC might raid the Heartland Conference in the not-too-distant future ?
Also I noted that the NSIC seems poised to invite Minot State and Sioux Falls to be #15 and #16.
But the article mentioned that they may also look at recently approved Black Hills State and SD School of Mines. I would think 16 is sort of an artificial maximum size, and 18 would be "pushing it". But those other schools are in the NSIC footprint.
After the prolonged squabble between the NCAA and North Dakota U over "Fighting Sioux", you have expect the NCAA to start "badgering" (not just in Wisconsin) Sioux Falls University to change their name to "[insert term inoffensive to Native Americans] Falls University." The legal action might start with the NCAA filing a law siouxt....
Perhaps the LSC would prefer those Heartland schools add football before they join, like Incarnate Word did (they joined the LSC this year). Only OK Panhandle State has football so far, I think they might be first in line for an LSC invite.
Also, major LOL for University of Sioux Falls changing their name!!!
I think you may have taken the funniest post award yourself!