A spin off of a thread about Navy and the MAC . . .
After the moratorium on division changes is lifted, a bunch of programs apply to move to the Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). Massachusetts and Charlotte of the Atlantic 10; Appalachian State and Georgia Southern of the Southern Conference; Delaware, Georgia State, James Madison, and Old Dominion of the CAA; and Stony Brook of the America East Conference (Big South Conference for football) all apply to move to I-A.
Temple decides to leave the MAC, and joins fellow A-10 schools Charlotte and Massachusetts in forming the new league. The A-10 decides to invite ASU, Delaware, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Old Dominion, and Stony Brook for football only, effective July 1, 2014.
The rest of the Southern Conference decides that Georgia Southern and Appalachian State to look elsewhere for its other sports, and both schools successfully petition the A-10 for full membership.
The CAA responds by extending full invitations to Rhode Island and Richmond of the A-10, who already play CAA football. Maine and New Hampshire, who also both play CAA football, get invited to join the CAA in all other sports to bring the league to 16 for all sports and 9 for football (Villanova remains a football-only member).
The America East, down to six and expecting Stony Brook to leave, goes after the non-football members of the A-10 and bags Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, and St. Joseph's. The America East also adds new Division I school Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Albany, Duquesne, and IUP will play football in the Northeast Conference along with Division I newcomer Bryant of the MAAC.
The A-10 compensates by inviting Delaware, Georgia State, James Madison, Old Dominion, and Stony Brook to join the league for all other sports.
The Big South adjusts for losing football-only members Charlotte and Stony Brook with a young program at Kennesaw State, who joins for football only.
The Southern Conference elects not to add any new members, staying at 10 schools and 9 for football (Davidson continuing to play in the Pioneer League).
Atlantic 10 South:
St. Louis (no football)
Atlantic 10 North:
Dayton (Pioneer League football)
La Salle (Pioneer League football)
Xavier (no football)
George Mason (no football)
North Carolina-Wilmington (no football)
Virginia Commonwealth (no football)
William and Mary
Drexel (no football)/Villanova (football only)
America East East:
Albany (plays football in NEC)
America East West:
Duquesne (plays football in NEC)
Indiana, PA (plays football in NEC)