Fresno St. Alum wrote:
NKU doesn't have football.
Most of us were hoping that UNO would be bring its football to the MVFC but that didn't happen, still the best bet for UND to get an invite to the MVC is to have Youngstown St leave for the CAA...then NKU could join and make the Summit a 12 team league.
That's why I made an alternate proposal of UND and EIU to the Summit. I know EIU has never been mentioned publicly, but hypothetically if EIU wanted to make the move what would the motivation for Northern Kentucky be for the Summit? Is EIU's market just too small?
So a few questions:
1. Could EIU be interested in the Summit? Could the Summit be interested in EIU? Or is neither one interested in the other?
2. If the Summit is not interested in EIU, is football sponsorship still a goal for them? If it is, who else could they potentially ask to join with UND, if they wanted to invite UND (assuming UND becomes available)?
To me that would be like asking Marshall to leave CUSA and join (rejoin) the MAC, the OVC is better than the MVC/Summit and MVFC. While it would make sense to have the 4 Illinois FCS schools in the same conference I don't think it will happen, however it makes way more sense to trade down conferences for travel purposes at the FCS level rather than the FBS level so I guess its possible.
My best case scenario for both travel and football would be to form a new mid-western league all sports football league and leave the non football schools to form their own conference. The new Summit League would be the 4 Dakota schools, Northern Iowa, Missouri St, SE Missouri St, the 4 Illinois schools and Indiana St; and the new Missouri Valley Conference would be Nebraska-Omaha, Creighton, Wichita St, Oral Roberts, Drake, Missouri-Kansas City, Bradley, SIU-Edwardsville, Evansville, IUPU-Indianapolis, IUPU-Fort Wayne, and Oakland. The Ohio Valley could grab UNA to get to 8 fb schools but after that I'd bet they go after more established schools like Arkansas-Little Rock or East Tennessee St, to be at 8fb/12bb schools.
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