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Northern Kentucky University Plans Division 1 Upgrade

Apr 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured News, NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Division Upgrades, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

With the moratorium on Division 1 upgrades coming to an end soon, NKU is planning to follow in the footsteps of Nebraska-Omaha and rise to Division 1. Always thought to be a strong upgrade candidate, NKU was made strides in recent years with the building of the Bank of Kentucky Center, a 10,000 seat arena. […]

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Nebraska-Omaha to Join Summit, Drop Football

Mar 13th, 2011 | By | Category: NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Division Upgrades, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Discussions between the Summit League and UNO have been going on for some time. The Omaha based school made plenty of sense for the Summit, with nearby UMKC as well as three of the 4 Dakota schools. So the announcement of UNO joining the Summit isn’t a surprise. It’s the steps they are taking to […]

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Summit League Visits Nebraska-Omaha

Mar 10th, 2011 | By | Category: NCAA Conference Expansion & Realignment, NCAA Division Upgrades, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

The Summit League is back in expansion exploratory mode. Following the Summit League conference tournament, officials headed south for a visit to Nebraksa-Omaha. UNO is currently in Division 2, but has been considering an upgrade to Division 1, especially since athletic director Trev Alberts came aboard. UNO has made sense for some time for the […]

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Summit League Expansion: Tom Douple Radio on WDAY, UNO mention

Nov 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured News, NCAA Division Upgrades, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Per Jeff Kolpack, it appears that the idea of Nebraska-Omaha joining the Summit League could be closer to reality. On his site, he gives a recap of the interview Summit League commissioner Tom Douple had on his radio station, WDAY. Douple says he has indeed had discussions with UNO athletic director Trev Alberts about the […]

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South Dakota Passes on Big Sky, Will Join Missouri Valley for Football

Nov 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured News, Missouri Valley Expansion & Realignment, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

In a last second move suggested multiple times on this site, the University of South Dakota got their hail mary pass to keep them from leaving for the Big Sky. USD had appeared in line to join the Big Sky, following former Great West football partners Southern Utah and North Dakota as full members of […]

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What the Future Holds for the Summit League

Oct 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Editorial, Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Over the past decade, the Summit League received a much needed boost to it’s profile. As the Mid-Continent conference and then re-branded as the “Summit League”, the conference grew from being just a wayward home for new Division 1 upgrades, to a conference with a better defined regional footprint. And the individual schools that made […]

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The Summit League Football House of Cards

Sep 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Editorial, Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Summit League football has some huge obstacles: the Big Sky, the Missouri Valley Football Conference,and it’s own members. When the Summit League expanded into the Dakotas, some seeds of thought were planted about sponsoring football. You had Western Illinois as a conference member who had football in the MVFC. You had NDSU & SDSU then […]

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North Dakota Board Retires Fighting Sioux Nickname

Apr 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured News, school news, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

Sad day for Sioux fans. But a Summit League invite will be the reward. All (4) Dakota schools will soon be in the same conference thanks to this move. The Summit League has stated that they would not invite North Dakota until the nickname issue was resolved, something that took 4 years. There hasn’t been […]

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North Dakota to Summit League Updates

May 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

It looks like North Dakota finally got their reality check and made a smart call. The school has been fighting the NCAA over the nickname dispute for some time. The eventual settlement was that the NCAA would allow the “Fighting Sioux” nickname to remain but only if it was approved by all the tribes effected. […]

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North Dakota Faces Competition for Summit League Spot

Apr 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured News, Summit League Expansion & Realignment

It seems that since South Dakota is now part of the Summit League plans as the 11th team, that North Dakota should soon follow as the 12th. The biggest stumbing block has been the NCAA legal issue over the schools nickname (and fight to retain) “Fighting Sioux. But making the logical move by inviting North […]

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