Well Sub-Human, if the Summit doesn't plan on expanding with at least an eastern-based school within its footprint, the other choice is to disband, putting the Dakota schools + Denver + UN-Omaha to either the Big Sky or the WAC; while most of the other schools to the Horizon (which has MOST of the former Summit/Mid-Con schools that currently compete in the league).
fighting muskie wrote:
I have to disagree about Southern Utah. They are way too far from the footprint and if the Summit were to get Northern Colorado it would eliminate the need for a travel partner for Denver. I think the focus for Summit expansion should be in the following order:
1. North Dakota
3. Northern Colorado
4. Minnesota-Mankato and St Cloud St (if they want to bring their DII fb programs up)
5. Chicago St (if they need one more to achieve an optimal number)
Getting North Dakota and Northern Colorado would give the Summit enough football schools to take over the MVFC and the divisions would be relatively simple:
East: Youngstown St, Indiana St, Illinois St, SIU, WIU, Missouri
West: UND, NDSU, SDSU, USD, UNI, N Colorado
Well Muskie, I agree with you except on some parts. Nebraska-Omaha must bring football back to join the MVFC-absorbed Summit football league. To counter-part UNO (in the West), have former Summit/current Horizon member Valparaiso join for football from the PFL (in the East). I assume that Youngstown St (Horizon), Indiana St. (MVC), Illinois St. (MVC), Missouri St. (MVC), Southern Illinois (MVC) and Northern Iowa (MVC) would be the Summit's affiliate members; while the non-football members will be Denver, IUPUI, IPFW and Oral Roberts. How would you put division play for the Summit for other sports (with the 5 possible candidates)?
UNO having football would certainly make taking over the MVFC easier--it would likely give the Summit the 7th football member they'd need to sponsor the sport outright, with or without Youngstown St and the MVC schools. As far as divisions go for football and Olympic sports it would ultimately depend on what the final membership roster looked like. Maybe throw the 4 Dakota schools and the 2 Colorado schools in one division and everyone else in the other. As far as football goes, if the Summit and MVFC could find a way to swing it--and it would probably involve involving Pioneer League schools and DII upgrades--they might want to consider growing to the point that they have enough members to sponsor 2 9-team FCS leagues:
Summit: UND, NDSU, SDSU, USD, UNO, N Colo., St Cloud St, Minnesota St-Mankato, WIU
MVC: Y'town St, Indiana St, Valpo, Butler, SIU, Illinois St, UNI, Drake, Missouri St