The Sun Belt Board posted something about membership standards. As I was reading it, I ran across something very interesting. This is from 2007.
1. Member institutions are expected to sponsor a minimum of fifteen (15) sports in which the conference offers a championship. There shall be a five-year (2012-2013) grace period for UNO and Denver to reach this standard.
2. Institutions considering candidates for head coaching positions in core sports shall insure that there is a diverse pool of candidates considered for the position.
3. Any future members must sponsor IA football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball or women’s soccer.
This isn't a binding contract and did come in when Wright Waters was the commish, not Karl Benson, but we only have 14 sports and football is not one. It could be that the conference thought they were in a bind so bad that they had to discard their own guidelines. Or it is like everything else, almost inconsequential on its own, but taken with the others, adds up to something.