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  1. Yote 53

    UND and the Big Sky could go FBS

    I think this is a fair statement: The Dakota schools dragged their feet and moved to D1 later than they should have. Whether it was economics, this mindset we didn't have the population base and resources to compete, or maybe we just all got way too comfortable in the NCC, for whatever reason we all stayed in D2 too long, or maybe never should have been there and should have gone D1AA when UNI made that move. Now that the schools have made that move all of us are experiencing success in D1 in one form or another, the obvious being NDSU's string of FCS Championships, SDSU with multiple Big Dance berths, USD making the playoffs in multiple sports and winning a WNIT title, UND has made the playoffs and had some success as well. Point is we have all figured out we belong here and can compete at this level, and possibly even at a higher level. So there will always be an eye to the future, a plan to position ourselves to be ready for that next opportunity when it arises. I don't think any of our schools have a plan that says "we are definitely doing this", but I do think they all have plans about being ready for a "G5" move if/when that opportunity comes. It wouldn't shock me one bit to find out the 4 schools are all talking and working together so that the next move happens together this time. It wouldn't shock me if we were talking to schools as a block both out West and in the East about future conference opportunities. We talk about the Great Northern Conference in the West, which would be a great conference, but there may also be an awakening amongst the MVC public schools that maybe an all-sport MVFC conference wouldn't be a bad idea. The Dakota schools have now proven we can more than just hang with the MVC in multiple sports. It may be a good idea for them to break away from the MVC privates and form a conference with the Dakotas, a conference full of schools with similar profiles and similar goals.
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    UND and the Big Sky could go FBS

    I think the Big Ten would take OU if they presented a plan to show the investments they are making to elevate themselves academically and from a research standpoint. They just got a major donation for a research center from a billionaire donor. OU has some big oil alumni that have major bucks. KU fits academically, Midwest school, and a storied basketball program. Doing a renovation of their football stadium and just hired Les Miles. They are preparing for the shift.
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    UND and the Big Sky could go FBS

    Here is an interesting article about a current lawsuit over FCOA and scholarship limitations. The super conferences are coming. This lawsuit and the convergence of the TV deals will be the impetus. LINK I see it as OU being the linchpin. UT is fat and happy with what they have in the Big 12. They are the king in that kingdom. There is a very lengthy and active thread over on the OU forum DirtBurglers. People will go back and forth as to what OU will do. There's a pro-BIG crowd, pro-SEC crowd, and pro-Big 12 crowd. My take is that OU wants to become a massive research university and they see Big Ten affiliation as being the best way to achieve that goal. The academics and big money people who are giving huge donations for research buildings, etc. are pro-BIG. Playing games is nice but money talks, plus the Big Ten is rich in athletics money. If OU and KU move together to the BIG that will pacify the fanbase some. Playing long time rivals Kansas and Nebraska along with keeping the annual game with UT intact and OU gets the best of all worlds.
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    UND and the Big Sky could go FBS

    With UCF getting shut out of any CFP talk there is a drum beat for the G5 to split off and have their own championship. The Big 12 has a TV contract and GOR extension coming up here in the next several years. I think what could happen is there will be another round of conference realignment with the Big 12 ceasing to exist. There would end up being 4 P5 conferences, a nice little package that leads right into the conference championships becoming de facto quarterfinal games for the CFP playoff. The G5 and top half of the FCS could split off to form the "next level" of D1 football and play off for a NC. That's the level of football our schools are all positioning ourselves to be in. There will also be a third level of D1 football for the Ivy's, HBCU's, Non-scholarship, and weaker FCS schools. Will this all happen? I don't know, but it's lining up that it could happen that way. This entire scenario depends on one school, Oklahoma. If OU is happy and content in the Big 12 then we will continue on as normal. If OU sees themselves as being disadvantaged and getting left behind both from a financial and competitive standpoint they may seek other options in either the Big Ten or SEC which would set off a massive realignment as there is no way Texas stays in a Big 12 without Oklahoma. I think that is the domino that could fall that triggers everything all the way down to the Pioneer League. I believe this is where SV is getting his 2022 timeline as I believe the Big 12 GOR expires right around that timeframe. Coincidentally, or maybe not, the Big Ten didn't go long term on their last TV deal and they are set to negotiate another one right in that time period as well. Theory being the BIG will snag Oklahoma and another school (KU?) and negotiate a massive deal since they now have OU football and KU basketball in-house. At that point I think Texas and a few other schools join the PAC which would help the PAC financially. Everybody ends up winning in this scenario unless you are a school left on the outside looking in (Baylor? Iowa State? TCU?).
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Being in a conference with Augustana would be a hard pass for Idaho, Montana, Montana St, and EWU. Don't need Augustana for your plans when we already have Oral Roberts in the mix to fill that basketball only school spot. UND/NDSU, USD/SDSU, Omaha/ORU, UM/MSU, UI/EWU, WSU/DU´╗┐.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    None of us are going to give up the MVFC and games against UNI, Illinois State, etc. The MVFC is the premier FCS conference in the country. No way we leave it willingly.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    I'm saying that there is a good portion of the financial backing at Augie that comes from football people. A move to D1 that eliminates football or downgrades it to non-scholarship may not be palatable to them. They would then lose donors, donors they need to make this move. So Augie may need to find a home for an FCS scholarship football program, and I don't see the MVFC letting them in. So yeah, I think the Summit membership won't be a problem. But what to do with football will be a problem.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    If Augie does this then they are going to have to drop football or go non-scholarship as I don't ever see the Valley side of the MVFC allowing Augie football in. The Dakota schools don't have to apply the mercy killing as YSU, ISUb, ISUr, etc. will do it for us. Faced with that, I think they will lose a lot of support to move up from the football side of the fan base. In a nutshell, Augie has a football problem.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    You know it might just be easier and cheaper for USD and other schools to add men's soccer and/or baseball programs. Nobody says they have to be very good or funded very well, just that they exist and can "count" towards the requirement to keep the autobid.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    You do this and you are giving an NCAA tournament auto bid back to the NCAA. It would be better for all involved for some Big Sky teams to join the Summit and we set up a very nice scheduling alliance in all sports between the two conferences that would address the travel concerns for all involved. We all play a lot of BSC teams OOC the way it is right now, and BSC teams travel over here as well. I've never really bought the "travel" issue for that reason, because our OOC games are out West, down South, and in the case of basketball all over the country. Look at softball and baseball, those sports spend the early part of the season touring the South, USD volleyball just spent a bunch of time out in California and traveling for an OOC schedule, but you're going to tell me that "travel" is an issue. We'd just be substituting OOC travel for in-conference travel. A Summit league with the Montanas, UNC, and Idahos with a very tight scheduling alliance with the far west Big Sky makes the most sense when viewed in that prism.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    This is actually the reason why the non-MVC schools should oppose an addition of a school like Murray State to the MVFC if they are offered MVC status. Other than the fact they are a weak football school, it would also give the MVC 6 football playing schools allowing them to break off and form their own MVC football conference which would cement their auto bid status with the NCAA. Actually, we can't do anything about it. The MVC schools could just break on their own, add Murray State, and start MVC football. I wouldn't be shocked if that happened to be honest. It's no secret those schools put basketball first and complain about having to travel to the Dakotas. They could easily form their own 7 team conference with YSU. I'm starting to think Summit Football needs to happen once UND joins the Summit. Do it with a friendly scheduling alliance with the MVC + Murray State for some built in OOC games. Coax UNC over to an all-sport Summit FCS conference with Denver as their basketball travel partner. Solves all our problems and everybody gets what they want. Solidifies the auto bid and we don't have to talk about Augustana or UMKC ever again.
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    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    So the MVC is in the same predicament as the Summit as far as being on the verge of losing its auto bid since they only have the minimum of 6 for soccer.
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    College Hockey Expansion

    I read the article and what it says is the community is building an arena because they need it for events, and, oh, the Georgia club hockey team can use it too. It's not the University building it, it's not the community building it with a D1 program in mind like at Illinois, it's simply the community needs an arena and the hockey team could use it. Kind of similar situation to what is going on in Iowa City/Coralville, though I do believe that will eventually lead to an Iowa D1 program given Illinois is on the verge of starting a program and that the Big Ten sponsors the sport which is motivation for Iowa to start one too when they see how well Illini hockey does (translation: another way to bring in revenue).
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    UND to Summit/MVFC

    Lakes was going at it with some Gopher fans, but we wouldn't shut the board down over him white knighting for us. I think it was as simple as the board creator moved out of state and just didn't have the time or inclination to keep the board going. The timing might make you think it was Lakes fault, but I don't remember it that way.
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    UND to Summit/MVFC

    No. Don't recall that ever happening. It shut down the week we beat Minnesota, the owner of the board just up and disappeared. We've had our own issues with one of our own, Coyote Fan, but he has since left and created his own board.
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