you would think UND would like to put their non football sports in Oral Roberts slot in the Summit. With the California schools being football only, no reason North Dakota can't too. Would save everyone a lot of money.
It's foolish UND pride. They'd rather bankrupt the state with the asinine travel for tier 2 sports since they aren't in the MVFC with the other Dakota schools. The summit was on the table for UND, just with no MVFC spot.
Or maybe they see the Big Sky as a better conference, more stable, and more in-line with their institutional profile.
While the Big Sky did make an exception for CP and UC-D, for football only, that was more because the CA schools had no other option. I don't see the Big Sky doing something similar for UND. Either all in, or not at all.
Jon, we get it, you're a fan of a school in the Big Sky
But really, we're not talking about the WCC and that UND was actually a christian school looking for a better fit. Contrary to beliefs, USD, NDSU and SDSU are pretty close to the UND profile. And the Big Sky isn't exactly offering top academic schools (more so than Summit for example) that would boost the UND profile. There just isn't a drastic difference between USD, NDSU, SDSU, UNO, etc than Idaho st., Weber St, NoCo, etc....except lots of money in travel costs.
But we also need to include that since this is not money making FBS, basketball is the revenue sport...and the Summit is a better basketball conference than the big Sky.