It's amazing to me that more schools don't get it from a facilities standpoint.
You can't control what the rest of your conference does, what referees and umpires do, what the weather does, what high school juniors are going to decide on which school to go to, what stupid decisions they make in college, what they do in class, etc.
The one thing you can control is the facilities. If you have a nice crib, you get more recruits and more TV games. Period.
Also, they could go 12 with Oakland, IUPUI and IPFW. That makes decent travel partners:
CSU / YSU
WSU / IPFW
Would be fantastic for travel partners with UDM/Oak and IUPUI/IPFW.
Have to feel for the Summit if that happened.
Not long ago, they moved up to a position of some power, with a number of conferences below them.
But if they lost those 3 schools, they'd be down to what, 6 schools? Seems like a lock that they'd go after Idaho, Boise St., Denver and Utah Valley if they were available. Worst case scenario, they'd have to hope for Denver, Seattle and Utah Valley for a 9 school membership. Luckily, Seattle, Denver and SLC are easy flight destinations for the trips out west.
Summit will be fine it appears, since really, it seems like 4 schools leaving would be the maximum...since the Big Sky has so many members already, less of a threat.