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Conference Realignments - Take 2

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47 minutes ago, moser53 said:

There's more money in ND than Illinois. It says a 200 Million Dollar project. FiveSouth Bismarck 400 Million.

Five South in Bismarck is currently dead. 

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considering we will be the gonzaga of the summit starting next year maybe we should try some of these shakedown ideas...

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wouldn't pioneer football still be better than the nsic?

what are the main differences bt u of sioux falls and augie...academic and athletically speaking.

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49 minutes ago, FargoBison said:

Why would Sanford give Augie $100 million?

Same reason they have already given multimillions of dollars to other universities around the region?

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10 minutes ago, Cratter said:

Same reason they have already given multimillions of dollars to other universities around the region?

It's one thing giving $10-20 million to stick your name on a building of a flagship state university, it is something else to give a small private school $100 million to move up a division. 

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1 hour ago, SIOUXFAN97 said:

wouldn't pioneer football still be better than the nsic?

what are the main differences bt u of sioux falls and augie...academic and athletically speaking.

My impression is that Augie was the better academic school (but could be wrong on this)

FB: USF

BB: Augie

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Don’t see USD and SDSU propping up a DI Augustana in Sioux Falls.  The DI transition will take 5 years, so the Summit would not have a official new team for five years.

With Sioux Falls having great hockey attendance for their USHL team (blows out USD and SDSU mbb attendance) Sanford should offer a hockey endowment for Augustana.  The WCHA would take them, and the NCHC is possible after a few years.  But mbb appears to be what Sanford wants.  Probably would rename the Augie as Sanford - similar to Stanford and Samford but actually unique.  

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at what point do either mankato or duluth do the "omaha" and drop football and go d1 across the board and join the summit.

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15 minutes ago, SIOUXFAN97 said:

at what point do either mankato or duluth do the "omaha" and drop football and go d1 across the board and join the summit.

Three years ago if it was to happen.  A Minnie school now has the same problem as Augie:  don’t see any of the Dakota wanting a “home” team taking Minnesota recruits.  A move up now does nothing for the Summit for five years.  If St Thomas was interested, that would have been different, but they aren’t and would take 8 years even to be able as their DIII right now.

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2 hours ago, FargoBison said:

It's one thing giving $10-20 million to stick your name on a building of a flagship state university, it is something else to give a small private school $100 million to move up a division. 

 Five twenty mil donations in the town they have the biggest connection in. ;)

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3 hours ago, FargoBison said:

Why would Sanford give Augie $100 million? Are they going to rename the school Sanford University? 

Sounds like what Providence did to University of Great Falls, now called University of Providence.

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8 minutes ago, cberkas said:

Sounds like what Providence did to University of Great Falls, now called University of Providence.

Guess Sanford is going to found the Sisters of Sanford as the Sisters of Providence founded the U of Great Falls and St Joseph’s Hospital which both have Providence as part of their name now.

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18 hours ago, bincitysioux said:

I truly can't wait.  Guaranteed games against Augustana were the reason I wanted UND to move to DI back in 2002.  I sure hope Mankato gets on board next............... 

Yep...a potentially basketball focused school with a healthy budget in a good sports town within easy traveling distance sounds absolutely terrible.  I'm sure the UNI's of the world said the same thing back in the early 2000s when NDSU and SDSU moved into the Gateway/MVFC for football...

I get that adding Augie to the Summit does nothing the automatic bid status of the conference in the "NOW" context...but it's within the conference footprint in a growing city with a potential healthy endowment.  If they do things right, they could offer great diversity to the Dakota 4 (being basketball/Olympic-centric)...and could easily become a power in the league.

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Augie is a small, mediocre school with a tiny endowment.  I was under the impression they're the type of school UND and the other Dakotas moved to D1 to get away from.  You are who you associate with.

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