There’s been some chatter of talks involving the Big Sky and North Dakota, South Dakota and Southern Utah. And while UND is also speaking with the Summit League, there is now talk that perhaps as soon as Wednesday, the Big Sky could be making a move involving Southern Utah.
At the SUU Monday Coaches Luncheon, SUU President Dr. Michael Benson told attendees to prepare for a Wednesday an “exciting announcement”.
A South Dakota St. beat writer has been told though that there is no scheduled SUU press conference.
With the recent discussions amongst Big Sky schools, there is reason to believe Southern Utah might be brought into the Big Sky as either a full member or a football-only member. Full membership makes the most sense if it were done in preparation of a Montana departure to the WAC. Full membership in the Big Sky for SUU would bring the current total to 10 schools with 12 for football (Cal Poly and UC Davis will be joining as affiliate members).
North Dakota and South Dakota remain options for Big Sky membership as well. However, if SUU were brought in as the 10th all-sport member, it is not known if the conference would want 12 all-sports members and 14 football members.
Reports have claimed that the Big Sky discussions with SDU and NDU only include all-sports membership and that football-only membership is not on the table.
But if this Wednesday Southern Utah press conference does happen and they do move to the Big Sky, it will clear up much of the future regarding the two Dakota schools.
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