Per the article above it seems the 2 slam dunks are VMI and Mercer. Neither Kennesaw or ETSU inspiring many. VMI and Mercer get football back to 9 and make the divisions, assuming Davidson is on their way out.
VMI, WCU, Elon, UNCG, UTC, Samford
Furman, Wofford, Citadel, Mercer,
That could work if no other schools are found to be appealing and you wouldn't need divisions, but you still have the CAA out there and a SoCon without App, Ga South, CoC and Davidson might make Elon and UNCG low hanging fruit ripe to be picked.
So it would be wise to go ahead and add ETSU to the north and move Samford to the South. That would solidify UTC, who might be unhappy and open to an OVC package deal with ETSU, especially since they too will miss App and Ga Southern more than others.
If Davidson stays you are set at 12. If Davidson leaves then you have a big choice to make, do you add an upstart Kennesaw, a school like Coastal, a school like Liberty, or do you look for a basketball first school from the Big South or Atlantic Sun to try and replace what you are missing out with Davidson.
Mercer is supposed to be non scholly, KSU, ETSU are going to be scholly