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  1. Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, UM-Duluth, now Augustana. NSIC hockey in the future? Somebody check the by-laws. If Moorhead, SMSU, or Winona jump on the D1 train is that the magical 6th needed to force NSIC hockey? My guess is Augie is CCHA bound.
  2. Looks like Air Force and Colorado State came to their senses and told the AAC "thanks, but no thanks".
  3. We need to start thinking about Summit Football or some future in FBS with Dakota and Montana schools in a conference together.
  4. That is such a dumb move by those two schools. The MWC is just as good or better than the AAC post them getting gutted by the Big 12.
  5. It's happening. From KELO: Augustana to break ground on new hockey arena Oct. 5 | KELOLAND.com
  6. I think the FargoDome limits NDSU's ability to move to FBS. Imagine this, NDSU would be transitioning from D2 to D1 FCS to D1 FBS without any facility upgrade whatsoever. I just don't think that 30 year old, 19,000 capacity seat, non-expandable stadium screams FBS. Build a new stadium and then they would be a good add, but will the citizens of Fargo vote for their taxes to build NDSU a new stadium? Or can NDSU build their own on-campus stadium?
  7. AAC - $7 million pre-realignment and that is going to drop like a stone Read an article that the Big 12 without Texas and Oklahoma was looking at between $12-15 million per school per year. Those two schools contributed over 50% of the value of the media deal to the Bog 12. Take them away and add 4 schools from that $7 million conference and they'll be lucky to hit $15 million per school payout.
  8. It's all about the money. Money feeds the AD machine. The current Big 12 schools are not going to be able to keep funding their football programs at current levels when their TV money goes from $30 million to $15 million. They are not going to be able to fund capital improvement projects. Most importantly they are not going to have the budget to attract and retain coaches, the recruiting budget, etc. At the same time the other Power conferences, especially the BIG and SEC will be signing new media rights deals approaching $80-90 million. It's a simple as money = competitive advantage
  9. Dude is Glass Joe. I don't care how good a player is, if he's constantly unavailable due to injury he's worthless.
  10. I would rate the Big 12 the top G conference. Don't kid yourself, when this all shakes out the Big 12 will not be recognized as a Power conference because they added four G5 schools. When that Big 12 TV contract gets renegotiated they are looking at a serious reduction in revenue. That was already going to happen and was the impetus for Texas and OU to leave the Big 12. The Big 12 wanted to start negotiations and ESPN said no. Then OU and UT got a peak at what the numbers were going to look like from ESPN if they stayed in the Big 12 and that made the decision to bolt to the SEC that easy. There will be 4 Power conferences and 6 G6 conferences left when the dust settles. The MWC schools would be wise to just hold together for now.
  11. Why would any of the MWC schools leave for what constitutes the AAC now? The MWC is the better conference now and it is geographically tighter which saves a lot of travel costs and is much easier on the student-athletes in the non-football sports. The AAC TV contract is going to get renegotiated and cut so the money would not be worth it. The AAC should be looking at Sun Belt schools like Louisiana (ULL) and Coastal Carolina or CUSA schools like LaTech, Marshall, or UAB. Keep it on the eastern side of the US.
  12. Why wouldn't it be? What else does Midco have for programming other than the Dakota college sports?
  13. When the discussion comes up about which NCAA schools will start a hockey program the first thing that is mentioned is a facility to play in followed by "unless they get a $100 million endowment forget about it". The same applies to NDSU football and their facilities. In FBS terms, the FargoDome is tiny. 18,500 isn't near enough capacity for the MWC and it would by far be the smallest stadium in the conference. Fargo would need at minimum a 30,000 seat enclosed facility and that is going to cost huge $$$. Do they expect the city and the citizens of Fargo to foot the bill for the stadium or is NDSU ready to foot the $200+ million bill for a facility that hosts up to 10 dates a year, concerts, and graduation? The Kibbie Dome at Idaho holds 16,000 and Idaho failed at FBS and moved back down to FCS and the Big Sky. Even if NDSU was able to pull an FBS move off which conference do they go to? MWC is spread across the west. MAC is to the east and isn't really inclined to expand west. The destruction of the Big 12 is creating other viable alternatives these conferences are looking to add. Now NDSU is competing against KSU, OSU, and ISU for a seat at the MWC table. They have no chance getting selected over those schools. If the Big 12 survives and they steal from the AAC and MWC then NDSU might have a chance as being a backfill member in the MWC. Even then, what does NDSU bring to a conference? Excellence on the field, yes, I will give them that, but it's so much more than that. TV market, facilities, institutional fit, location, there is so much more than just being a good football program.
  14. Even if those talks the MWC had with NDSU were real those talks have been suspended now. The MWC might have a couple Big 12 leftovers fall in their lap. No point in talking to NDSU when KSU is coming on the market.
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