Happy to be of assistance, all. Even if you're flying into BNA or BHM, you're still losing four hours getting your bags into a charter bus and onto I-65/565 to get here. I swear, sometimes I think that the only nice part of a team traveling to UAH is that there's a hotel attached to the arena. Unfortunately, it's an Embassy Suites, and I don't see many nWCHA/SS teams staying there.
Numbers, I do agree that travel is a big part of it for everyone. If you listen to BG, it's the truth. Why would they (allegedly, and I believe them) reject an NCHC invitation? If you're BG and in a position of strength, the SS is about the perfect league for you knowing that you're never going to crack the B1G, whether to join them or get your CCHA buddies back.
There are a lot of ways that this could go. Consider that, even though leaving the NCHC is hella expensive and all that, you could get WMU and MU (where Bergeron just landed) to join for a league that's smaller. Stop that swap garbage, though — that's just not happening between an established league and seven independents banded together by treachery and mutually assured destruction.
And maybe the SS give UAH a pity offer, but if your concern was "we want them to give more money to their program, build that rink that oh by the way wasn't fully green-lit by the UA Board of Trustees, and maybe figure out how to move 250 miles north (as if half of us wouldn't do that in a second)", you have done the Chargers a great disservice. That's why I don't think that UAH as a backup 8th member makes a lick of sense.
I did semi-joke about the SS keeping it at 7, but they definitely want an eighth team. If you want to stay at 28 league games — and I think that you do — you need that seventh opponent.