I think many just got ahead of themselves. This is really "year 1" of building Akron football to new heights. And while the stadium won't do it alone, the stadium coupled with improvements to campus, improvements in the city, success of other sports teams (soccer and men's baskeball especially), getting a big-time guy for b-ball like Zeke, high profile hires like Walt Harris, association with LBJ and HOPEFULLY the hiring of Wistrcill can be a big part of it. In the end, it is up to the coaches and the kids, and getting the right ones in both areas.
As for expansion/contraction:
I would hate to lose Temple, as I like the "Eastern Push" that the MAC has made with Buffalo and Temple. I wish they had a more "MAC friendly" facility, and I definitely wish we could take their other sports on as well (basketball isn't what it was. but it is still good and has name value).
Can we kick someone else out? Unlikely that we would do that.
Could expansion be the answer? Unlikely, but perhaps Marshall would come back and you could add Army and Navy for football. 16 teams seems rough. Play the 7 on your side and maybe 1 "rival" on the other side. Might as well break into 2 conferences if that is the case.
If I could poach some C-USA and develop a new conference, maybe....
Eastern 9 Conference
I know that wouldn't happen, but nice football league from our perspective, and Memphis, Temple and even Miami to some extents have a nice b-ball history to go with our "budding history".