fighting muskie wrote:
If the Big South loses Coastal and drops to 10 full members then the football schools are in some serious trouble. That would just leave Liberty, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, and Charleston Southern as full members and Kennesaw St and distant Monmouth as affiliates. The 6 non-football schools could essentially block all expansion and hold. I can't imagine that the SoCon would decide to be generous and offer some of these schools full membership of football affiliate deals.
As long as the SoCon has 9 football members, I can't imagine them being in the mood to expand. If they wanted to go to 12 members I could see them adding non-football schools like Lipscomb and UNC-Asheville:
West - Lipscomb, Samford, Chattanooga, ETSU, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina
East - Furman, Wofford, The Citadel, VMI, Elon, UNC Greensboro
Asheville is effectively the center of the conference, and every school in the SoCon (especially the private schools) should enjoy the increased exposure in Nashville.
The Atlantic Sun then has to figure out if it can lure Delaware State from the MEAC, and possibly another school as well if the OVC loses Eastern Kentucky to FBS.