Sorry, forgot about Holy Cross, and Fordham as well, even though not full member.
I just don’t see a need to expand with lesser academic schools. The conference was founded and built on academics, non-scholarship athletes and true student-athletes, and fed of the interplay with the Ivy League. Now you are going to toss that aside, go full scholarship and take lesser academic schools? If you are going to let lesser academic schools in, what is the point? You are not going to build a powerhouse sports league, so why compromise what you had the market in … academics. You might as well go to the Colonial Conference and woo schools there if academics are not the primary focus. You would at least find some football schools to fill out the schedule. Or, if you want to play bigger time sports go to a conference where that is the priority, not academics.