unipanther99 wrote:If any of us do it alone, I don't think it makes sense. But what if UNI, ISUr, ISUb, SIU, and MSU all make the jump together. Then, MVC conference realignment could take a totally different direction. Suddenly, traditionally strong basketball schools like Western Kentucky and Tulsa could be in the mix, as they would have a soft landing spot for football. They would bring value on the basketball side, they are in the geographical footprint, and it would bring us up to 7 football schools, the minimum (I believe) to have a conference. We might have to consider bringing in someone like Northern Illinois, to give the conference some football credibility.
This is a great idea in theory, but it is easier for an individual school to make the move on an invite than have the entire conference move up.
We would need to get at least 2-3 bowl tie-ins. In order to meet requirements we would have to poach from the MAC and Sun-Belt which would likely be the only conferences that would want a bowl tie-in with us.....if we could even get the sponsors and TV to support them.
What's crazy to me is you look at some of the enrollments of our schools and we all compare more to FBS schools than FCS schools.