Bigger just isn't always better
South Dakota, also a 2007 NCC defector, played at Southeast Louisiana;
North Dakota State (left the NCC after 2003) played at Wyoming;
South Dakota State (left after 2003) played host to Western Illinois;
Northern Colorado (left after 2003) was idle, resting up for next Saturday's game against Texas State.
Any of those matchups sound like natural rivalries to you?
"I feel bad for them," Hammer said. "Other than when they play an old NCC team, they just don't have any rivalries."
Things are particularly awkward for North Dakota and South Dakota, who this year are members of the Great West Football Conference — a league that stretches from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico.
In addition to the Sioux and Coyotes, members of that league include Houston Baptist, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley University, Cal-Poly, Cal-Davis and Southern Utah.
Lots of historic rivals there. Basically, this is a collection of schools that thought they were above Division II, opted up to a higher level, and then had to jury-rig a ridiculous conference just to find opponents.
He was especially harsh on NDSU.
This guy is obviously a big Husky fan, and is quite bitter about Crookston and Moorhead becoming staples on his favorite squad's schedule. I wonder if he is aware of the fact that the NCC was only forced to take in St. Cloud after schools like Northern Iowa and Creighton left.
What a jerk.