The grouping of "like-minded institutions" from the West Virginia Conference to help create the Mountain East Conference left some state colleges behind.
At least one of them, Davis & Elkins, is more interested in looking ahead.
So far, it's business as usual for D&E, which joins Alderson Broaddus, Ohio Valley University and former WVC member Salem International, in making its way to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The NCAA Division II Indianapolis-based GMAC features 10 schools in five states, with four from West Virginia. The conference includes Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio), Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio), Georgetown College (Georgetown, Ky.), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.) and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio). Ursuline is a women's college and does not field men's sports.
For Davis & Elkins' part, Dr. Michael Mihalyo said his institution is focused on the future. The university has scheduled an alumni gathering at Appalachian Power Park for the July 20 game against Kannapolis.
"The WVIAC had a longstanding tradition in West Virginia and you're sad to see things dissolve," he said. "But, we're focused on the like-mindedness of the institutions, not negating the possibility in the future some competition with the schools that we have played for a long time."
Reportedly, the issue with the MEC not including Alderson Broaddus, Bluefield, Davis & Elkins and Ohio Valley was those schools not fielding a football team.
Alderson Broaddus announced its intentions to add football before the formation of the MEC, and Wheeling Jesuit - which initially didn't indicate a desire to add football at the time of the creation of the new league - was invited to join.
"We did have an invitation from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and liked what they tried to accomplish. We did what we needed to do to complete the season and move on," Mihalyo said.
Plans for the GMAC were discussed in 2011 and included Urbana and the University of Virginia's College at Wise - both of which have since left the league to join the MEC.
Early last year, the NCAA accepted the GMAC as the 24th NCAA Division II conference.