My 2 bits:
1. Eligibility rules need to be the same for all sports. Failure to do so leads to rigging the rules based on what's best for you in each sport.
2. Football is a potentially valuable commodity but not enough to pay for a massive coast-to-coast league. The CW can stay as-is. If the leading teams in O-Q want to form one elite conference, so be it.
3. We had a confab a few years back and the resultant format was:
- end the regular season after 8 games
- one week of conference playoffs
- CW and Q would have 1 v 2 for title, a bye, and home field, loser would be in a playoff, and 3 v 4 for a 2nd spot in a playoff
- O would have 1 v 2, as above, plus 3 v 6 and 4 v 5 for spots in playoff
- A would have 1 v 2 for title, a bye, and home field, loser would be in a playoff
- the playoff round would be 4 games, hosted by the conference runners-up, they would host the winners of the 3 v 4 games in CW and Q, and the 3 v 6 and v 5 games in the O
- the quarter-final round would be 4 games, hosted by the conference winners, against the 4 playoff round winners
4. The best volleyball is in CW and California. There are a few good programs elsewhere. Manitoba went 1-2 in a California trip this Christmas.