Butler and VCU have two young rising coaches. If they can hold on to them for a while, I think these two programs could be here to stay. It's just hard to add more teams to the A-10 and expand it geographically. I remember Conference USA having 3 divisions and being spreadout throughout the midwest and southeast. I could see the A-10 doing the same thing and having a midwest division, mid-atlantic, and northeast - maybe 18 teams with 6 in each group. It would kind of cease to be a defined conference at this point, and more of a group of mid-major basketball programs - so maybe that would be a bad thing.
And I know the prospect of Fordham leaving the conference makes some people here upset, but how many conference games have they won in the last two years? Maybe one or two? And they don't seem to have any real desire to upgrade their program. If Fordham left the A-10 I don't think they would be missed at all. Also, doing regional divisions would ultimately save travel $ for all athletic programs. I think the biggest problem with this would be playing 18 games against conference teams every year. Each team could play 2 division games, but that would not allow every other team in the conference to be scheduled. But if the top 2 teams from each division went to AC for the tournament, that would lead to one conference title.
A10 Midwest - St. Louis, X, Dayton, Butler, Duquesne, plus one more (could the A-10 get Marquette?)
Northeast - St. Joes, Lasalle, UMass, Temple, Rhode Island, Bonnies
Mid Atlantic - GW, VCU, Charlotte, Richmond, Old Dominion, George Mason
This will probably never happen, but I wouldn't be upset if it did.