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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:16 pm 
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While I was reading a USA TODAY article on the connection between fundraising and football season tickets, it was mentioned that Dixie State in Utah (?) is planning a move to the NCAA in a few years.

What division would they be in? I'd assume D-II, but possibly D-I(AA for football.

Anyone else have news?

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While I was reading a USA TODAY article on the connection between fundraising and football season tickets, it was mentioned that Dixie State in Utah (?) is planning a move to the NCAA in a few years.

What division would they be in? I'd assume D-II, but possibly D-I(AA for football.

Anyone else have news?


Wow, I just read about this college. I've never heard of it. I've heard of Southern Utah, but Dixie State. Here's the history of the school, which is odd:

http://www.dixie.edu/gen/history.html

It seems it was a junior college until just recently. Its located in St. George, which is one of the fastests growing cities in the US, home of many retirees. The school currently has about 7,000 students and projection show a future enrollment of 10,000. This reminds me of Utah Valley State. There are some odd schools in Utah. The high growth rate is bringing these schools out of nowhere.

Here's their athletic page:

http://www.dixieathletics.com/index.cfm


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 7:05 am 
Isn't wierd thou that its Dixie State Rebels? it seems this college would be south of the manson-dixon line.

I never heard of it either.


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Isn't wierd thou that its Dixie State Rebels? it seems this college would be south of the manson-dixon line.

I never heard of it either.


Agreed about the relative obscurity of the school. At the very least however, it is SOUTH of the Mason/Dixon line. Still, I'm unsure of what division of the NCAA it will join when it does join.

If anybody in this group is from Utah, they could probably fill us in. (Where's BYUFan27 when you need him?) :o

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On a similar note, does anybody know why UNLV, just located down the road on I-15 from St. George, UT (where Dixie State is located) is called the Rebels as well? Is Southern Utah and Southern Nevada the Dixie part of the West and the Mohave Desert?


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Well, here's the explanation of UNLV's Rebels:

http://unlvrebels.collegesports.com/trads/unlv-trads-mascot.html

They were rebelling against UNR and the Wolfpack, that was what they were rebelling against

They almost were changed the Minutemen. Here's what that website says:


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Today it's Hey Reb but some at UNLV still remember the first official Rebel mascot -- Beauregard.

Dressed in a gray military field jacket and Confederate cap, Beau is a fanged, winking, black and white cartoon wolf. He came to be because the new school in Southern Nevada wanted to make a little jab at the Wolf Pack mascot of Nevada, Reno.

"UNLV was rebelling against the status quo and the two schools' mascots seemed to mimic the Civil War," said former UNLV president Don Baepler, who is currently director of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History on campus. "Reno had a northern looking wolf so we wanted a Confederate wolf."

The logo lasted until the early 1970s when a group of black athletes came to Baepler, who was academic vice president at the time, and voiced its displeasure with having a mascot that had a connection with the wrong side of the Civil War.

"They said it didn't feel right playing for a school with such a mascot . . . and I agreed," said Baepler. "Southern Nevada has no real ties to the Confederacy so the change wasn't a big concern."

The student senate voted on a new mascot and the human Rebel logo was born. Initially, a Colonial-like Rebel soldier was the official logo and there was talk at one time of changing UNLV's nickname to Minutemen.

However, the current long-moustached cartoon Rebel known as Hey Reb took hold in the early 1980s and helped the school vault to the top in college apparel licensing within 10 years.

Beauregard may not be prevalent in today's UNLV athletic events but he's certainly not gone and forgotten. The original sketch of the wolf was converted into a mid-court painting for basketball games played in the old University gymnasium. Today, visitors can visit the black, white, scarlet and gray logo circle in its original position at what is now the Barrick Museum, which still uses the existing oak hardwood basketball floor to hold its exhibits.



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Looks like Dixie State is making the jump to Division II:

http://www.dixieathletics.com/news.cfm?news_id=714

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Location: Portland! (and about time!)
Utah Valley was also a community college, and not that long ago.

Both places experienced rapid growth. A few years ago, Utah had the youngest mean age of all states, this might still be the case, and say what you want about the social factors at play, but there's a lot of kids seeking an education out there.

It probably doesn't hurt that "the U" is locked into Salt Lake City, I believe Utah State and Weber State don't exactly have a lot of surrounding land to build on (I know Logan experienced some significant growth), so I suspect this expansion comes from necessity. Heck, I'd think Southern Utah has a little space for growth- even they are pretty much surrounded by Cedar City, but the campus sprawls a bit more. It's kind of funny- most state schools the size of the U and USU would engage in a "build UP' campaign under those conditions.


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