More likely, it’s these schools doing due diligence. We’re likely heading to 3-4 super conferences who’ll monopolize the football money. I don’t think ESPN actually wants to kill the possibility of a single G5 school to the playoffs. They want to keep that door open so they have a good story to run among the usual suspects, a la Boise State over Oklahoma.
Go Sox, Pats, Celtics, and Bruins!