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What the Future Holds for the Summit League

Oct 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Editorial, Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Over the past decade, the Summit League received a much needed boost to it’s profile. As the Mid-Continent conference and then re-branded as the “Summit League”, the conference grew from being just a wayward home for new Division 1 upgrades, to a conference with a better defined regional footprint. And the individual schools that made […]

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The Summit League Football House of Cards

Sep 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Editorial, Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Summit League football has some huge obstacles: the Big Sky, the Missouri Valley Football Conference,and it’s own members. When the Summit League expanded into the Dakotas, some seeds of thought were planted about sponsoring football. You had Western Illinois as a conference member who had football in the MVFC. You had NDSU & SDSU then […]

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North Dakota Board Retires Fighting Sioux Nickname

Apr 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured News, school news, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Sad day for Sioux fans. But a Summit League invite will be the reward. All (4) Dakota schools will soon be in the same conference thanks to this move. The Summit League has stated that they would not invite North Dakota until the nickname issue was resolved, something that took 4 years. There hasn’t been […]

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North Dakota to Summit League Updates

May 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

It looks like North Dakota finally got their reality check and made a smart call. The school has been fighting the NCAA over the nickname dispute for some time. The eventual settlement was that the NCAA would allow the “Fighting Sioux” nickname to remain but only if it was approved by all the tribes effected. […]

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North Dakota Faces Competition for Summit League Spot

Apr 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

It seems that since South Dakota is now part of the Summit League plans as the 11th team, that North Dakota should soon follow as the 12th. The biggest stumbing block has been the NCAA legal issue over the schools nickname (and fight to retain) “Fighting Sioux. But making the logical move by inviting North […]

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Football in the Summit League Plans?

Apr 15th, 2009 | By | Category: expansion, Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

With the addition of South Dakota to the Summit League, the total number of members sponsoring football will be at 5. And North Dakota, who also sponsors football, has been considered an expansion candidate once they have resolved their school nickname issue. So if North Dakota were to join, that would be 6 schools:NDSUSDSUWestern Illinois […]

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South Dakota to Join Summit League

Apr 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Great West conference…we hardly knew yee. As expected since the initial fact finding mission in January, South Dakota will be moving to the Summit League. The University of South Dakota will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. this afternoon in Vermillion to announce its athletic programs will join the 10-school Summit League beginning in […]

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Summit League Considering North Dakota & South Dakota

Jan 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

The Summit League is planning a fact-finding mission to South Dakota to feel out potential memberships. Such a move would reunite the school with their State counterpart SDSU. The Great West would take a hit with the loss of South Dakota for all-sports. It’s not known is the MVC would invite South Dakota for football. […]

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Mid-Con to Change Conference Name

May 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

So you’re not a big fan of the conference name “Mid-Continent Conference”? You want them to come up with something better? Perhaps have the league adopt the name of it’s football pals the “Great West”? Well, you are about to get half of your wish. The Mid-Con WON’T be renamed the Great West, but it […]

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USD confirms it will jump to Division I sports

Nov 29th, 2006 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

University of South Dakota President James Abbott said this afternoon that the school will jump up to NCAA Division I sports. USD has been studying whether it can afford to move from Division II to the higher league, a move that would involve boosting the school’s sports budget and likely investments in new facilities. South […]

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