Unfortunately all athletic departments strive to get into a big football and basketball conference. Nearly a decade ago UConn was the big East football champion and played in one of the Bcs bowl games - I think it was against Kansas and lost by about 30 points. They also lost over 2 million on the game because they had to guarantee a large number of tickets and UConn had to pay for thousands that were not bought by there fans. Shortly after that the big East as it was known disbanded when Syracuse, BC , West Virginia and Pitt left for other power 5 conferences. UConn was left in the cold and ended up in the aac. That meant a lot more travel for all teams. Their conference meet was at Memphis last year and that travel costs more than our entire season travel when I ran for UConn in the 1980s. We were in the big East but the big East had nearly all teams within a short distance. When we ran our conference championship at franklin park in Boston we drove up the morning of the race just like BC, and Providence. Syracuse, Pitt, seton hall, St. John's and Villanova likely took vans and stayed overnight. Georgetown was probably the only Team that either flew or took a long train ride. In the 1980s all our meets were a morning drive. Only the NCAA qualifier At Lehigh was an overnight. Only time team travelled by plane was to go to nationals. Had friends on the baseball team and they had a spring trip down south. Nearly all other games were day trips. Last year baseball team probably had to fly to 10-12 games to play conference games In Houston, Tulane, Tulsa, Memphis, etc. not cheap when transporting 20 people. My solution would be to let football and basketball join power conferences but have other sports have regional meets/games with nearby colleges before regional championships. Would save a ton of money and not change the experience for the athletes. Don't know how some athletes handle all the travel and school work if they are on sports that play 30+ games like baseball and basketball.