My travel friendly scenario....the Southland takes the 5 SWAC West schools and settles back at 13 with a 6 team Texas/Arkansas division and a 7 team Louisiana division. If there is a D2 Texas school that did want to upgrade, there is room for a 14th to even things out.

The SWAC would then be at the bare minimum of 7 all sports schools while the MEAC would also be at the bare minimum with 6 football schools and 2 non sports affiliates. Both conferences could continue to operate separately as is, but if another school left on either side, they could merge to preserve the auto bids and focus on strict divisional play