I find it ironic that schools complain about travel for conference or in any other sport but when given the chance they demonstrate they are willing to go all over the place to play when they want to. They go to FL, NV, and any number of other not so close places.
Given the number of in season tournaments and invites teams are part of they are pretty much able to find what they want for competition.
Schools will use any justification they can to get what they want. But ultimately it almost always comes down to winning; if a team thinks their chances of winning improve, then yeah, they're fine with more travel for their conference or sectional. If their chances of winning may go down, then travel is a huge issue and there will be so many deer collisions and we're putting our young children at risk and won't anyone think of the children!