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Oakland Expected to Join Horizon League

Category: Featured News, Horizon League Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Oakland University Conference RealignmentOakland will leave the Summit to join the Horizon League on July 1, 2013. The school will replace Loyola which left the Horizon to join the Missouri Valley Conference. Oakland has hoped to join the Horizon in the past, but faced opposition from Detroit-Mercy.

The loss of Oakland is a difficult one for the Summit. Despite the addition of Denver, the conference has lost schools recently, such as UMKC to the WAC and Oral Roberts to the Southland, and the loss of Oakland will bring their membership to only 8 schools. With few immediate Division 2 upgrade options, the conference will likely reach out to other regional schools in states such as Minnesota.

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  • I believe that the Summit should eventually dissolve; sending the Dakota schools (NDSU, SDSU, South Dakota) to either the Big Sky, or the WAC or the MVC (with North Dakota in it), along with Nebraska-Omaha. And the remaining schools (like IUPUI & IPFW, etc) should join the Horizon League.

  • Nic Bjorlin

    Unfortunately, because of NCAA automatic bid issues in Olympic sports, forming a new conference can get dicey. It takes six full Division I members that have competed against each other for the past five years. So, it’s doable but it takes cooperation from a good chunk of schools to make it happen.

    A new FBS conference? I think the Big Boys and the NCAA will probably have a beef with that. The established schools do not want more competition in terms of recruiting and I’m sure Dilbert in the cubicle at the NCAA office might be of the opinion that these schools upgrading is more dilution at the highest level.

    By the way, when is NJIT getting a conference home? NEC, America East, Patriot League, or MAAC, make it happen. Heck, even the CAA at this point wouldn’t be too much of a stretch as they need teams, too.

  • Ben

    ACC takes UConn and UCF/USF
    Big 12 takes UCF/USF and Cincinnati
    AAC takes Southern Miss, Rice, UTEP, and Army
    CUSA takes Arkansas State, Troy, Georgia State
    Sun Belt takes James Madison, Jacksonville State, and Sam Houston State
    MAC adds North Dakota State/Youngstown State/Delaware

    CAA adds Delaware State
    Ohio Valley adds Bethune-Cookman

    Southland adds Jacksonville

    And we go from there.

    Also, Montana, Montana State, Eastern Washington, Portland State, North Dakota State, Sacramento State, South Dakota State, Sam Houston State, and Stephen F. Austin should team up and start a new conference at the FBS level. And then bring back Idaho and New Mexico State to have 12 football-members.

    And the WCC brings in Seattle

    Just a thought I guess


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