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  1. 9 hours ago, SiouxVolley said:

    I would bet CC and DU would block MSU_M and Bemidji.  They are totally on board with ASU and St Thomas because of academics and media market.

    The NCHC didn't form because of academics and media market and that's not going to drive the addition of new members. If it had, Notre Dame would have been a founding member of the NCHC. Instead, the new conference walked away from the Irish. New members will only be added if they've demonstrated both a significant commitment of athletic department personnel for hockey AND a significant commitment of financial resources. On ice success obviously is helpful, but to think Mankato needing to win a championship plays any role in their acceptance to the NCHC is naive.

    Mankato's best chance for joining the NCHC is ASU finishing their arena. A Bemidji/Mankato for WMU/Miami trade is a net loser for the NCHC because of the money each school contributes to the conference. While the conference is now self-supporting, there are still amounts that need to be paid per school each year.

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  2. On 9/10/2019 at 8:01 PM, SiouxVolley said:

    Just knew this post would get rejections from posters.  

    The intimate seating with a track around the fb field?  How does that make intimate?

    Rented bleachers can get set up along three sides, so the cost goes to expenses, not capital.  It says they will get temporary seating “at least” on occasion.

    Once the significance of the move sets in,  another permanent expansion can be done.

    If EWU was going to stay FCS, the cheapest thing to do is nothing as FCS has no payout.  EWU wants a piece of the CFP,  bigger opponent payouts and vastly expanded media attention that comes with FBS. 

    Just wait until the faculty find out EWU is adding thousands of seats and millions of dollars in expenses: https://www.inlander.com/spokane/ewu-faculty-write-report-suggesting-cuts-to-athletics-budget-or-even-eliminating-it-entirely/Content?oid=19099082

  3. 10 hours ago, nodak651 said:

    Weah at 195, and being only 5-8, has gotta have some surprising power I'd think. 

    As far as QB's go, I really hope they have the QB1 only play half of the Valpo game.  If Tommy is QB1, it would be great for a guy like Vaugn to get game experience, either for the future, or if Tommy gets hurt at any point in the season.  Same for if Vaugn is QB1, Tommy still needs more experience in case Vaugn were to go down.  If the battle is tight between QB2 and QB3, let them each play a quarter.  Our QB depth needs experience, and Valpo sucks.  If the game is still close after half, the starter should be benched anyways.

    I think getting our QB1 experience should be the first goal. Outside of Schuster for a bit last year, none of these guys have played any college football.

  4. On 2/9/2020 at 12:10 AM, Wilbur said:

    Screw em.  Find another 21 year old with a 100 mph sinker off a TJ surgery....

    Twins still made a similar deal with the Dodgers, plus a couple of minor leaguers and some cash money.

  5. 3 minutes ago, UNDBIZ said:

    Was any money donated by the family for the Betty? I was under the impression UND was paying for it via the REA.

    That was my impression too.

    And I wasn't disparaging the Engelstads or their donations, but I was curious about why we should be thinking about the potential for a donation for the HPC when there haven't been any visible donations outside of hockey. 

  6. 6 hours ago, Frozen4sioux said:

    Exactly what was needed to be said, if he can massage the relationship into a positive and continued entity, we should all be pleased.

    Just saying, we have the Ralph, we have the Betty,....... but... the UND LEM HPC has a heck of a ring to it!

    When has the Engelstad Foundation donated money to UND athletics outside of hockey? I haven't been able to find any articles saying they have. 

  7. 2 hours ago, Frozen4sioux said:

    Change the horn.

    That horn has a 14-1-0 record. You don't change a thing.

    25 minutes ago, tnt said:

    I know,  which is why it is odd they continue to do it, because it wasn't well received at the World Juniors from the comments from the announcers and such I heard. 

    It was absolutely loved by the fans in the arena in Ostrava. Outside of cheap beers, good hockey, 6,000 friendly Canadians, and great hosts it was the best thing those two weeks.

  8. 18 minutes ago, SiouxVolley said:


    NC A&T to the Big South

    A&T must have rejected FBS

    The MEAC seems like the walking dead conference, losing both Hampton and A&T to the Big South.

    The MEAC has so many impoverished schools now.

    But why would a team reject FBS when there are billions to be made, if they just move up by the 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 deadline!

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  9. 1 hour ago, crb1 said:

    Loveland is not 11,990 feet above sea level. It is right next to Fort Collins on the Front Range and is about 4,982ft You must be thinking of Estes Park. 

    As has been mentioned in other posts, they mistakenly checked the elevation for Loveland Pass/Ski Area west of Denver instead of the city of Loveland north of Denver. 

    Even Estes Park is below 8,000 feet but if you're talking the RMNP area, then you're looking at 14,000+ but I doubt anyone is playing on Longs Peak.  Chasm Lake would be an amazing place for an outdoor skate though! 


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  10. 38 minutes ago, The Sicatoka said:

    Some would agree that football alone is not the answer. 

    Before folks jump all over that point of view, ask yourself: Would you rather your favorite university (a) win the umpteenth title in a sport, or (b) come out with the vaccine and cure for all forms of cancer? 

    Sports are a pleasant distraction, but universities are still fundamentally about academics and the pursuit of knowledge.  And ultimately, that's why a total package (academics, research, athletics, demographics) matters to fellow university presidents. You are the company you keep. 

    I take issue with Port's article for lots of reasons, so let's break a couple down.

    He has issue with Bresciani calling NDSU one of the biggest and best universities in the nation. Port said this:


    Just so we're clear, the contention here is that NDSU's football team playing in a championship game broadcast on national network television makes the school "one of the biggest and best universities in the nation."

    But do we know the question that was asked? The first part of the answer from Bresciani is key:


    The biggest, best universities in the nation fit that niche.

    So what is that niche? I'd imagine it's a question phrased like " What does it mean to be on such a visible stage like ABC on a Saturday in January?"

    In that case, Besciani isn't stating NDSU is one of the biggest and best universities in all the land. He saying it's one of the biggest and best universities still playing football on national television on a Saturday after the first week of January. And in that case, he's 100% correct.

    The rest of your post is obviously 100% correct. Yeah, if UND cured cancer that would be a bigger deal than anything any university has ever done in sports. There's nothing saying you can't have that great mix of the four things you mentioned. And nothing in Port's article touches on that.

    What he does say is this:


    Which brings me to the other point Bresciani made. How, exactly, does winning a football championship improve academics?

    He then goes on to say that it doesn't, but I disagree. There's nothing that says a great scientist isn't also interested in football, or hockey. The same can be said for every career line. If NDSU football, or UND hockey, winning attracts students who have great potential in their career field to a smaller university because they also like hockey... that's a positive for those schools. Does it make the university better? Probably. It's not all about funding and the current set of professors. It's about attracting quality students. I guarantee UND and NDSU have attracted students they normally wouldn't have because of the success of their athletic teams.

    But just like Port can't prove the opposite, I can't prove the positive. But which is more likely?


    Sports are a pleasant distraction, but universities are still fundamentally about academics and the pursuit of knowledge.

    Sports aren't only a pleasant distraction. They're the most visible part of a university for a lot of potential students. If you think athletics don't play a decision in many a student's choice of university, then we'd be seeing much higher attendance at universities that only focus on academics.

  11. 1 hour ago, JohnboyND7 said:

    NDSU is stuck in an awkward spot. I dont see how they can move up really. Lots of money required. Would be neat to see though. Had North and South Dakota done the smart move and just had one major public school each I think both would be in the FBS and who knows...maybe P5.

    I think had they moved up to IAA in the 70s with the Montanas and other nearby schools, they all would be FBS now.

  12. 15 hours ago, SiouxVolley said:

    So southpaw is demanding only PC authors should now be approved for posting.

    I never knew BigJolly.com was a source for NHL news, but we've seen how far you'll go to track down "important" information.

    That includes getting trolled on other boards and then coming over here and posting things as proof.

  13. 12 hours ago, SiouxVolley said:

    An article on why Houston deserves an NHL team.


    Really going to the bottom of the barrel to find this opinion piece.

    For reference, the author's previous article is about fighting in the NFL but randomly ends with this gem:

    "The NFL has a much, much bigger problem than players fighting, and that’s the disrespect for flag and country by players that was started by a disgraceful Colin Kaepernick. Instead of fining players for fighting, the NFL should kick out any player who refuses to stand for the national anthem. President Trump would love for people to hear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shout: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”

  14. 11 hours ago, Fetch said:

    Destroy the Packers - This is our NFC Superbowl - then the rest of the NFL Should be worried - Zim has said all year 'We have not played our best Football"

    The Vikings definitely played like it was their Super Bowl. :D

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