As the NCAA approaches a likely June 17th vote that would allow St Thomas into Division I and the PFL, another school to watch is Robert Morris (from the Pittsburgh area).
Robert Morris is reportedly close to a decision to leave the Northeast Conference as of July 2021. They would like to join either the Horizon League or Metro Atlantic...neither of which sponsor football.
Could Robert Morris keep football in the NEC, with associate membership? In theory, yes. However, former NEC member Monmouth (now in the Metro Atlantic) was denied NEC associate membership under identical circumstances. Monmouth football now plays in the Big South.
I'm sure Robert Morris would be welcome in the PFL, if they dropped the approximately 40 scholarships that they currently offer. Hope they would not discontine the proram altogether. They have played a PFL opponent (usually Dayton) 23 of the past 24 seaspns.