Or maybe you mean NDSU. They are a top FCS school, but I sort of doubt they have the resources / inclination to go FBS at this time.
What would be their conference for Olympic Sports, and wouldn't travel be horrendous ?
They are hungry up there in Fargo...the only issue with them is their location. With the WAC dying, they're out of that line. But the MAC isn't as far a jump for them. No different to some schools as traveling to Amherst and Foxboro will be.
I think the candidate list is long...the issue is whether the candidates will commit to the conference and not jump when C-USA calls, and that could be why the MAC is taking their sweet ole time.
The tough spot for the MAC isn't the football...they can let any eastern program park it there indefinitely. The issue is their basketball. The schools who would make the obvious sense for the conference to invite reside in the MVC. Some/most/all of the MVC would rather bypass the MAC for C-USA, because MVC basketball > MAC multiple times over. So, some of the more obvious mid-west schools considering upgrades, like Illinois State and Missouri State, don't want to go. YSU does, but they bring nothing to the conference, and would further over-saturate the region. And NDSU, probably the best all-around candidate (and they are), sits...well...in Fargo.
I think it comes down to Delaware and NDSU. App State and JMU are decent...but, we know they'd rather be elsewhere...that's not a compelling case to invite a school.