I don't think the dominoes have stopped, but they have slowed and will probably continue to be slow for the near future. Lets take a look at the main reasons dominoes may roll again.
1) MWC expansion
2) Notre Dame joins Big Ten
The MWC is on record as saying they will expand a maximum of 2 schools this year, in hopes of landing a BCS berth. I think it will be Boise St., TCU or both - no more. If both join, La. Tech goes to C-USA and Idaho gets an invite from the WAC. If only TCU, La. Tech. goes to C-USA and WAC may (I doubt it) invite Idaho. If only Boise, WAC will try for N. Texas and may add Idaho if they agree. This may cripple the SunBelt, even with the new Fla. schools. If N. Texas doesn't move, Idaho more than likely gets screwed w/o an invite. All in all only a few more moves.
If Notre Dame joins the Big Ten, or Big East for that matter, The effect will be minimal IMO. The Pac-10 won't move, at least until it it absolutely has to. If ND joins the BigE, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Big Ten make a move for Pitt, just cuzz :D. Either way, the Pac-10 stands pat.
IMO the prime mover in future reailgnment is the new attendance criteria...especially in the MAC and SunBelt. If the NCAA starts picking off MAC schools one by one, they will start picking from the SunBelt (MTSU and Ark. St.) to keep at 12. If the NCAA kills more than 2 in one year, the MAC might just shrink and leave the SunBelt alone. The WAC is not immune to attendance as well. If Boise and La. Tech. both leave and Idaho and SJSU get the boot, the WAC will also be shopping - But where? NAU, UM, MSU? Those are all a stretch...Any ideas? :)
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