Lash, et. al.,
Agree, there could be a Gavitt version or umbrella arrangement down the road.
Theoretically, the BE could have two divisions in fb if there were a modified set of schools (not advocating for that). Georgetown and Villanova play 1-AA, but suppose there were six more including schools such as Delaware and UMass. Of course that would involve the exiting of schools that do not offer intercollegiate fb of any kind. Temple could even return to the BE as a 1-AA competitor for example. I know, this sounds extreme, but if the conference exchanged DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. Johns, and Providence with five others that are solid bb but also have 1-AA football (some from the A10 conference for example), the BE could sponsor two fb divisions, one 1-A and one 1-AA. If 1-AA gets revamped by the NCAA, the same concept could prevail.
Before anyone who is a fan of one of the bb only schools reacts, I am speaking totally hypothetically, and frankly it is less bizarre than some things I have heard. The design would maintain a bb forefront, but require five different schools while maintaining a ND factor.
With sponsoring two divisions in fb, the BE could schedule a limited number of cross-over games. OK, after making this post I may end up with another thought. Again, totally speculative and hypothetical.