The NEC is at 8 football teams now. Kicking Bobby Mo to the curb would leave them at 7 schools, which I believe is the minimum to retain their automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. With it not being rare for teams at that level to move, or even drop football, they might be cutting off their nose to spite their face if the make the Colonials leave. They may have to swallow their pride in this case, as it just seems too risky to operate on the edge like that.RMU seems to have another problem, and that is football. As a poster on the Bucknell board pointed out, when Monmouth left for the MAAC, the NEC told them they were not welcome to remain as a football-only member. They struggled to find a league and ended up in the Big South. Presumably RMU has taken this into consideration, but it's certainly not clear where football will land.