I agree with this point. I don’t see any reason why a balance will matter. Non-revenue sports can simply be scheduled where all teams don’t have to play until conference tournament time. There are ways to work around small issues like that.I generally agree, with the one exception that I'm not sure if east/west balance is that important. I've argued in the past SLU may be at the top if it is.
You're saying that VCU has some competition in the East but haven't provided any names, just that they could be in the A10 or other conferences. I think anyone would be hard pressed making a case for SBU, Richmond, or Davidson over VCU in terms of basketball pedigree and marketability.