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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More on Expansion

Matt Zimmer of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls penned a great piece on the potential changes that the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference would have to make if the league presidents vote to add the University of Sioux Falls and Minot State University to the league in 2012-13.  You can view the article HERE.

A couple of things in this article raised my eyebrow a bit.  Zimmer stated that the league would have to go to divisional play for all sports (currently the league only uses divisional play for football) and I would have to agree with that.  One thing that struck me was Augustana's head men's basketball coach Tom Billeter saying that he thinks Augustana should stay with Wayne State as a travel a partner and USF should join with Southwest Minnesota State.  If that logic were to come into play, Minnesota State would be forced to change travel partners, as MSU is currently paired with the Mustangs.  The good news is, Concordia University is currently in the South Division for football, while their traveling partner St. Cloud State is in the North Division.  So, if divisional play was instituted league wide, the Mavericks and Golden Bears would seem like logical travel parteners.

Of course all of this is pure speculation but it's good to see the Argus Leader hitting this story like they are.  It's obvious why, but the idea of expansion hasn't been looked into too much by newspapers around the league. 

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