Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino is grateful he's through with the late-night rumors and frantic calls to league members about whether they'll be leaving — at least for now.

Iamarino says the SoCon is locked in with 10 members eager to stay part of the Football Championship Subdivision league and aren't looking to bolt like five others have the past two years, including football national champions Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.

The SoCon added East Tennessee, Mercer and VMI this past July. Mercer and VMI will play football this season. East Tennessee will come online in football a season later.

Iamarino said Wednesday he's glad he no longer must "defend the flank" when confronted with whispers about realignment.