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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:22 am 
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With the Southland possibly realigning by purging its non-FB schools and taking 4 FB-playing schools that would move up from DII (see: http://collegesportsinfo/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1662&start=0#1195883516), This might start a domino effect in DII.

First, the Oklahoma schools in the Lone Star Conference (plus Panhandle State from Heartland and NW Oklahoma from NAIA) band together and reform the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference. The Lone Star Conference, left with 6 schools (since 3 others would be moving up to DI), would see some new members come up from DIII - Trinity (TX), Sul Ross State, Hardin-Simmons, and Mary Hardin-Baylor. This brings the Lone Star Conference to 10 schools, and only 1 outside of Texas (Eastern New Mexico).

The Arkansas schools in the Gulf South Conference should also separate and reform the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. The GSC, would be down to 7 members (as Delta State would also leave for DI), and only 4 playing football - this prevents the GSC from sponsoring football. Of course, the GSC could add North Greenville and UNC-Pembroke as football-only members (UNC-Pembroke would remain in the Peach Belt for other sports), while North Greenville joins Conference Carolinas in other sports.

In a few years, Newberry should move up to DI to join their rivals Presbyterian in the Big South.

Recently, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has been burned by 2 non-Michigan schools: Gannon and Mercyhurst, which are joining the PSAC (originally exclusive to those schools in the PSSHE). Given that, Ashland, Findlay, Lake Erie, and Tiffin might just burn the GLIAC as well to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference. If Missouri S&T does rejoin the MIAA (see http://collegesportsinfo/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1671&start=0#1197372172) and Kentucky Wesleyan goes DI and the OVC (which would be a great idea since their men's hoops program is among the best in DII), and Rockhurst goes to the Heartland Conference to replace Panhandle State, the addition of the Ohio schools would bring the GLVC back to 14, and allow them to sponsor football, taking over the remainder of the Great Lakes Football Conference (I have Central State going to the SIAC to join other HBCUs: see http://collegesportsinfo/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1680), and Indianapolis would also leave the GLIAC football conference, thus 7 schools would play in the GLVC for football:
Ashland
Findlay
Indianapolis
Lake Erie
Quincy (leaves NAIA and Mid-States FB Assoc.)
St. Joseph's (IN)
Tiffin

And then you have Colorado College moving up to DII and the RMAC.


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There's a possibility that the Oklahoma schools would take Midwestern State (just across the Red River in Texas) instead of Panhandle State (which is way out there geographically). Would that open up a LSC bid for Panhandle, or would they still be out there in the Heartland?

Also, I don't think KWC will pony up the money to make their football team competitive in D-I, so I see them staying D-II over the forseeable future.


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There's a possibility that the Oklahoma schools would take Midwestern State (just across the Red River in Texas) instead of Panhandle State (which is way out there geographically). Would that open up a LSC bid for Panhandle, or would they still be out there in the Heartland?


In this thread, I have Midwestern State going D1 and the Southland.


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