Unreal. Seemed like there was a chance that the Summit/MVFC and UND could all correct an inconvenience. Not now. UND is fine in the Big Sky, but does anyone think they are going to prosper having to travel outside their own timezone, sometimes 2 times zones away, for every sport? Meanwhile, the 3 other Dakota schools are in a comfortable conference footprint that now includes nearby Omaha? Sure, UND will get some better recruits with the "you get to travel to the great land of California every year" which will be a positive selling point with some North Dakota locals. But even the Big Sky was caught off-guard when USD pulled out at the last second. It appeared the Big Sky was building some safety around the idea of Montana and possible others leaving...especially when the rumored schools other than Montana are on the west coast (PSU, Sac St...FB only CP and UCD). Now they really are stuck in the awkward 11/13 membership, not ideal for anyone. And schools like PSU, NAU, and Sac St. must also fly 1000 to 2000 miles for even non-revenue sports. We all joke about the WAC and LA Tech being in that conference. But they at least had the BCS revenue shares to help out. UND made it's bed because it had no other choice...as did the Big Sky...now they both have to deal with it.
UND can try and hope for a few things. MVFC goes to 11 or Indiana St. drops football opening a spot or YSU somehow gets a CAA fb only invite or another D-II in the Summit footprint moves up that keeps football and they go to 12.