I couldn't answer the poll question because while I think NDSU and UND should play, there'd have to be conditions. First, the game would have to be at NDSU. Second, the coaches would have to be allowed to make the final decision.
The game wouldn't need to have conditions other than just to play every year, home and home series as it used to be.
The game has to be in Fargo because while a guaranteed sellout would be nice, NDSU's attendance has been increasing every year since UND began their boycott (up 40% since the last home game against UND).
While NDSU's attendance has been slightly increasing, it isn't that much more than UND's. The two schools are only 75 miles apart. Both the Fargodome and the Alerus Center would easily fill up, so they could play a home and home series. If both end up in the very same conference some day down the road, a home and home annual series would be the norm of what conferences do with their members. There is no need for such arbitrarian conditions in such a case.
And also, I never heard anything about a boycott by UND. This would go away, if it it actually exists if they are in the very same conference some day.
I would like to wait a couple years to see if that trend continues. This would also give the SDSU rivalry a chance to get grow a bit more.
Yes, and if all three schools end up in the same conference then all three can be rivals again.
The coaches have to get veto power because we are already asking a lot of them. We can't just throw them into a no-win situation.
What kind of disadvantage is it for the coaches of NDSU and UND if both schools play each other? Could you explain? An oponent is an oponent. Its their job to get their student athletes ready for any and all games no matter who the opponent is.
The rivalry will start again someday, it's just a matter of when. For reference, the last time UND boycotted NDSU, four years passed before there was another game. There are a lot more variables this time around though - the game might start next year, might take ten more years, but it'll resume.
Do you have any sources on both past and present boycotts of UND for NDSU? It would be interesting to see their "official boycotts".
Sure don't see what this has to do with conference realignment though.
Well, if UND and NDSU end in the same conference, it has everything to do with conference realignment. The Big Sky needs a third team if it goes the NDSU and SDSU route. SUU is possible, but have been cited as not good enough academics for the Big Sky. Cal Davis and Cal Poly like being in the Big West for other sports. UVSC and Denver don't play football. U San Diego doesn't have schollies, although they could provide schollies, it is quite possible that it is unlikely. That leaves only D II move ups with some relatively good academics. Which teams west of the Mississippi are talking about moving up to D I-AA? UND and not much rumbling everywhere else. So they relate to BSC realignment very much so. If not in the immediate future, then some time down the line.
They also relate to the Mid Con alignment, as the Midcon, like all confererence East of the Mississippi could be targeted for candidates to fill the ranks of other conferences if a domino effect takes place due to a Big East breakup. The Mid Con could lose up to 6 teams if this happened. If UND moves up within the next 5 year to 10 years, they could be a replacement team for the Mid Con after the raid/domino effect takes place. So, again it has everything to do with conference realignment.