Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Where are they going to go? The SEC ain't taking Iowa State or Kansas, and the Big10 isn't about to come calling for K-State or Mizzou anytime soon either, from what I can gather. Unless they want to go independent, they're going to need to form-up with what's left to try and salvage this mess. Pride is well and good, but eventually that gives way to pragmatism -- they've got football stadiums to fill, and they need teams to play.
At leas this conference offers some decent hoops (Memphis, UC, Louisville) for Kansas to join up with and it keeps the conference footprint relatively small for travel purposes.
While the schools you've mentioned are in very bad positions, I just can't envision a scenario they'd be looking to join up with the likes of Ohio University, Toledo or Bowling Green. What do those schools bring to the table? None have been particularly impressive in football or basketball, don't have big alumni bases and don't add to the league's media / recruiting profile. They may be close in proximity to UC and UL, but neither school expressed any interest in being apart of the MAC before they were added to the Big East.
IMHO a reconstituted pre-Big East CUSA with the BIG XII remnants is a far better bet.