Southland would re-load with North Alabama, Tarleton st, West Texas, and Mid-western.
I'd Love to see WT back in a higher level football conference, but the admins out there are always whining about football costs. They are the kind of school who could be come an upper level FCS school with administrative support, but the administration has been very soft in support of Football for quite a while now.
Now if there were a Texas based non scholarship FCS conference--- a Texas based "Patroit League"...that I could see for West Texas.
With a nearby market like Amarillo, you gotta wonder what they are thinking. Maybe travel cost. However I think a few schools in the Texas 5 state area, because of travel cost, will be forced to either drop football, drop down, or go FCS non-scholarship. Most likely non schollie...