I can't see a Div 1-A (FBS) new northeast FB conference happening very soon, since it would seem to require a massive move-up at one time.
Me either... but certainly there is a place for one. There is a 'lower tier' 1A confernce in the Midwest, South, and West. There should be one in the Mid Atlantic/North East too.
At the FBS level now, you have Army, Navy, Temple, and perhaps Buffalo would leave the MAC. Maybe this could be coordinated with ECU's thought of breaking off the CUSA East ? But I don't see too many eastern FCS teams poised to jump to FBS soon, YSU might be one of the few in position to pull it off..
The original ideas are posted in the BE forum.
I was thinking in more terms of Maine, UNH, URI, Stony Brook, Delaware, UMass, JMU. I just think YSU won't be admitted to the MAC because of its location to Akron/Kent.
Costs are really starting to increase significantly with increasing tuition costs, etc. UMass lost $3 million. The only way to increase revenue is from paydays for playing 1A teams, TV, and attendance. I just think some fans won't watch unless they see their schools as 'big time'. Will that change if they are Bowl division vs. Champ. Division or does it depend on how well their team does? Who knows?