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IowaBison
04-12-2007, 12:56 PM
UND just released the findings of its consultant's report which states it will need $4 million/year in additional funding. It was proposed that $1.8 million (45%) of that increase should come from students-which would raise student fees for athletics to over $200/year.

Their athletic director looked very uncomfortable last night on the news. Apparently he just lost control on the radio.

(To think that SDSU has had success without raising student fees. At NDSU they account for 10% of the increased funding-300k/3 million.)

IowaBison
04-12-2007, 01:08 PM
And now there is interest in him leaving:

http://siouxsports.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8574

(much of the displeasure is due to filling the women's hockey vacancy with the asst. from SCSU-a team whose only conference wins were against UND-who went 0-fer)

propar80
04-12-2007, 02:18 PM
http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=34068&section=News

Interesting article. I wonder how bloody that ulcer is getting in the UND/USD athletic department?? :o

Go Jacks!!

SD-STATE
04-12-2007, 07:53 PM
Not sure if this was mentioned in those links that were posted, I wasn't able to open them from my computer for some reason, so forgive me if this is old news.

I saw in the Argus today that UND's athletic budget would projected to be almost 20 million by the end of their 5 year reclassification. I assume that would have to do with their hockey programs? I don't believe ours or NDSU's is even close to that yet. That has to be a pretty disturbing figure for UND. I still don't rule out the possibility that UND or USD end up choosing to back out of their proposed reclassification. I'm not trying to smack or be negative, just saying that it wouldn't surprise me any.

SDSUcks
04-13-2007, 12:25 AM
Neither school is going to back out of of their commitment to go D1. UND and USD for that matter might have to make some tough choices but once the journey has begun there is really no turning back. It's like getting cable TV for the first time. It seems expensive at first but the excitement of the new thing will allow for it to be affordable in some way.

JACKGUYII
04-13-2007, 02:36 PM
Neither school is going to back out of of their commitment to go D1. UND and USD for that matter might have to make some tough choices but once the journey has begun there is really no turning back. It's like getting cable TV for the first time. It seems expensive at first but the excitement of the new thing will allow for it to be affordable in some way.

This is more like buying the cable company!

1stRowFANatic
04-13-2007, 02:50 PM
We don't have cable, tried and thought it wasn't worth the money.

SD-STATE
04-13-2007, 06:52 PM
Neither school is going to back out of of their commitment to go D1. UND and USD for that matter might have to make some tough choices but once the journey has begun there is really no turning back. It's like getting cable TV for the first time. It seems expensive at first but the excitement of the new thing will allow for it to be affordable in some way.

Actually, your exploratory year is there so you don't have to paint yourself into a corner. Nothing is etched in stone, though you are probably right, both schools have pretty well burned their d2 bridges. Although, as of right now their DI commitment is only on paper and to a certain extent publicly.

Nobody would fault und and usd if they realized they were in way over their heads and decided d2 purgatory would be at least more affordable then a DI purgatory. The "new excitement" feeling might wear off when your school is constantly facing a budget crisis and your independent status becomes discouraging. When people from usd look over the fence and see the green grass they need to remember that "it isn't always greener on the other side". Alot of things had to happen for the xDSU's to get where they are right now. A lot of hard work and some luck. I may be off base here, but the impression I get from yourself and a few other USD supporters is that, yes, you expect a rough first few years, but sooner or later everything will work out just like it did for the xDSU's. However, it could be more difficult and for a lot longer than you think. For myself I believe two successful DI instiutions are better for this state than one successful and one struggling DI university. Pressure from two prestigious universities on the state government for a larger slice of state monies is going to harder to ignore. Although of everything I've said, getting more state money for anything educational in this state is probably the least likely to happen.

Just some thoughts of mine.

Haldersham
04-13-2007, 08:16 PM
I believe UND made one right decision and that is they hired Carr & Associates. This is a very thorough consulting firm who does not pull any punches and is very honest. SDSU and NDSU both know where they are going in terms of expenses and SDSU has followed this plan. I don't know if the copy of the SDSU report is still on file at Hilton Briggs Library, but I spent a about 4 hours at the copy machine and made my own copy that I have since looked at from time to time. Carr reviewed every program, every facility, everything period. They did not shy away from recommendations and they did not forget to put a estimated price tag on each recommendation. I think without this plan, most AD would make mistakes in terms of what is a priority.
I am not surprised with the disclosure that UND will be at 20 million at the end of the transition period. It would be very interesting to see what they prepared for UND. Believe me Carr did not pull that figure out of the air. They got maybe 400 pages of data to back up their conclusion.

UND's internal study was posted somewhere and I downloaded it last summer. The internal report was a real joke as it was more of a survey of what the community thought than it was analysis of their current financial situation and what needed to be done in making the move.


If USD consultant tells them what they want to hear, it will be a big mistake. That consultant needs to be as blunt as Carr and lay it out and quantify what its all about.

Jack4Life
04-13-2007, 10:01 PM
As I was sitting in the hot tub having a few cold ones tonight, I got thinking about this thread. What if the scenario presented by Carr to UND did not paint a very good picture and they went through their exploratory year and decided to go back to DII, or if USD decided after their exploratory year to go back to DII, it would be very difficult for either institution to make this transition alone. It probably won't happen, but I am sure both schools will want to be supporting each other in following through with the move. I think it would be a real tough road to go by yourself.

JackJD
04-13-2007, 10:26 PM
Maybe USD will have to make a loan to UND. ;)

filbert
04-14-2007, 01:06 PM
As I was sitting in the hot tub having a few cold ones tonight, I got thinking about this thread. What if the scenario presented by Carr to UND did not paint a very good picture and they went through their exploratory year and decided to go back to DII, or if USD decided after their exploratory year to go back to DII, it would be very difficult for either institution to make this transition alone. It probably won't happen, but I am sure both schools will want to be supporting each other in following through with the move. I think it would be a real tough road to go by yourself.
With the implosion of the NCC, USD's and UND's D-II bridges are now thoroughly burned. I think it would be quite impossible for them to cut football scholarships and drop down into the Northern Sun.--their other option would be to wander the wilderness as a full-football-scholarship D-II independent.

Their alumni and boosters simply won't allow that while SDSU and NDSU remain in D-I. They're committed now to D-I for the next decade, regardless of the planning which may or may not have occurred. The D-II door has closed on them, it's move forward or bust for the U's now.

2002jack
04-14-2007, 02:01 PM
I believe UND made one right decision and that is they hired Carr & Associates. This is a very thorough consulting firm who does not pull any punches and is very honest. SDSU and NDSU both know where they are going in terms of expenses and SDSU has followed this plan. I don't know if the copy of the SDSU report is still on file at Hilton Briggs Library, but I spent a about 4 hours at the copy machine and made my own copy that I have since looked at from time to time. Carr reviewed every program, every facility, everything period. They did not shy away from recommendations and they did not forget to put a estimated price tag on each recommendation. I think without this plan, most AD would make mistakes in terms of what is a priority.
I am not surprised with the disclosure that UND will be at 20 million at the end of the transition period. It would be very interesting to see what they prepared for UND. Believe me Carr did not pull that figure out of the air. They got maybe 400 pages of data to back up their conclusion.

UND's internal study was posted somewhere and I downloaded it last summer. The internal report was a real joke as it was more of a survey of what the community thought than it was analysis of their current financial situation and what needed to be done in making the move.


If USD consultant tells them what they want to hear, it will be a big mistake. That consultant needs to be as blunt as Carr and lay it out and quantify what its all about.

http://www3.sdstate.edu/ClassLibrary/Page/Information/DataInstances/10716/Files/21922/SDSU_Executive_Summary.pdf

They still have the executive summary of the Carr report on the website. I recall that the whole process was very open. The public was able to attain basically any information that Carr gave the University. I believe all the documents can still be accessed at the library.

Jack4Life
04-14-2007, 02:40 PM
As I was sitting in the hot tub having a few cold ones tonight, I got thinking about this thread. What if the scenario presented by Carr to UND did not paint a very good picture and they went through their exploratory year and decided to go back to DII, or if USD decided after their exploratory year to go back to DII, it would be very difficult for either institution to make this transition alone. It probably won't happen, but I am sure both schools will want to be supporting each other in following through with the move. I think it would be a real tough road to go by yourself.
With the implosion of the NCC, USD's and UND's D-II bridges are now thoroughly burned. I think it would be quite impossible for them to cut football scholarships and drop down into the Northern Sun.--their other option would be to wander the wilderness as a full-football-scholarship D-II independent.

Their alumni and boosters simply won't allow that while SDSU and NDSU remain in D-I. They're committed now to D-I for the next decade, regardless of the planning which may or may not have occurred. The D-II door has closed on them, it's move forward or bust for the U's now.

I do agree that turning back is probably impossible. We were fortunate to have the close alliance w/ NDSU and I think both schools were comfortable with each other. I hope the UxD's have the same realtionships with each other as we did w/ NDSU. I feel fortunate to have gone through our first few years with what appears to be very good planning and vision by the administration. A lot of that work was completed before the announcement of the move was even made. I think no matter what people are being told, the planning (or lack of planning) will show in the first 3-5 years.

2002jack
04-14-2007, 02:49 PM
As I was sitting in the hot tub having a few cold ones tonight, I got thinking about this thread. What if the scenario presented by Carr to UND did not paint a very good picture and they went through their exploratory year and decided to go back to DII, or if USD decided after their exploratory year to go back to DII, it would be very difficult for either institution to make this transition alone. It probably won't happen, but I am sure both schools will want to be supporting each other in following through with the move. I think it would be a real tough road to go by yourself.
With the implosion of the NCC, USD's and UND's D-II bridges are now thoroughly burned. I think it would be quite impossible for them to cut football scholarships and drop down into the Northern Sun.--their other option would be to wander the wilderness as a full-football-scholarship D-II independent.

Their alumni and boosters simply won't allow that while SDSU and NDSU remain in D-I. They're committed now to D-I for the next decade, regardless of the planning which may or may not have occurred. The D-II door has closed on them, it's move forward or bust for the U's now.

I do agree that turning back is probably impossible. We were fortunate to have the close alliance w/ NDSU and I think both schools were comfortable with each other. I hope the UxD's have the same realtionships with each other as we did w/ NDSU. I feel fortunate to have gone through our first few years with what appears to be very good planning and vision by the administration. A lot of that work was completed before the announcement of the move was even made. I think no matter what people are being told, the planning (or lack of planning) will show in the first 3-5 years.


Does anybody know where USD's DI study can be found?

SUPERBUNNY
04-14-2007, 04:04 PM
As I was sitting in the hot tub having a few cold ones tonight, I got thinking about this thread. What if the scenario presented by Carr to UND did not paint a very good picture and they went through their exploratory year and decided to go back to DII, or if USD decided after their exploratory year to go back to DII, it would be very difficult for either institution to make this transition alone. It probably won't happen, but I am sure both schools will want to be supporting each other in following through with the move. I think it would be a real tough road to go by yourself.
With the implosion of the NCC, USD's and UND's D-II bridges are now thoroughly burned. I think it would be quite impossible for them to cut football scholarships and drop down into the Northern Sun.--their other option would be to wander the wilderness as a full-football-scholarship D-II independent.

Their alumni and boosters simply won't allow that while SDSU and NDSU remain in D-I. They're committed now to D-I for the next decade, regardless of the planning which may or may not have occurred. The D-II door has closed on them, it's move forward or bust for the U's now.

I do agree that turning back is probably impossible. We were fortunate to have the close alliance w/ NDSU and I think both schools were comfortable with each other. I hope the UxD's have the same realtionships with each other as we did w/ NDSU. I feel fortunate to have gone through our first few years with what appears to be very good planning and vision by the administration. A lot of that work was completed before the announcement of the move was even made. I think no matter what people are being told, the planning (or lack of planning) will show in the first 3-5 years.


Does anybody know where USD's DI study can be found?

They are in the process of thinking about mulling it over!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

SUPERBUNNY

Haldersham
04-14-2007, 05:52 PM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

Jack4Life
04-14-2007, 06:49 PM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

That is a very good point. What is the average donation? I know there is considerable talk about a major dontation from one benefactor for a basketball arena, but you can't put all your eggs in one basket. When you have a major benefactor, the average contributor gets complacent. You need the average joe supporting your program.

2002jack
04-14-2007, 08:51 PM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

That is a very good point. What is the average donation? I know there is considerable talk about a major dontation from one benefactor for a basketball arena, but you can't put all your eggs in one basket. When you have a major benefactor, the average contributor gets complacent. You need the average joe supporting your program.


Does anybody know the name of the consultant they used? I can't find anything.

jackmd
04-15-2007, 08:41 AM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

President Abbott spoke to a group here in Yankton last fall/winter and stated that the "funds are in place" for the athletic department to make the move to DI. He did not give specifics but then again, no one asked for specifics. When I called KWSN and asked them what they thought about the lack of details they just kind of blew me off. Typical of Craig and Mike. I don't think there are any concrete commitments and the "expert" they hired considered himself that, I don't think the firms work has been peer reviewed. Flying by the seat of their pants is the impression I get. I guess time will tell. Maybe USD will come out smelling like a rose in the end and I'll just look foolish for questioning them.

Haldersham
04-15-2007, 04:43 PM
Not to be nit picky and off topic, but I believe KWSN is now Craig and Bob. Our buddy Mike is very busy doing the Sports Max every Saturday.

As far as Abbott, I tend to think the president has to sound confident and maybe at that time he did not have to have specifics to be believeable. There was nothing to suggest that the money was not in place and he probably can keep telling people this until some thing such as a consultant's report controdicts him. A Carr & Associates study would probably put the admin behind the 8 ball as they do their work based on facts and not on what people want to hear.

I agree the Consultant whose name no one can find or recall, seemed to me to be telling people what they want to hear, and that really sticking his neck out. After doing all the data gathering and quantifying all the data, and he finds a different conclusion is very evident, what does he do? You hope he would be honest.

Getting back to UND, its going to be very intersting to see what happens now. The UND president Kupachella has announced his retirement which is at the end of 2007. So they have a chance to hire someone who wants to pick up the batone and go forward into the march to D1 membership in all sports. My guess is that both Men and Women hockey will eat up about 50 percent of the budget.

Jack4Life
04-15-2007, 05:09 PM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

That is a very good point. What is the average donation? I know there is considerable talk about a major dontation from one benefactor for a basketball arena, but you can't put all your eggs in one basket. When you have a major benefactor, the average contributor gets complacent. You need the average joe supporting your program.


Does anybody know the name of the consultant they used? I can't find anything.

I searched back and found the consultant was Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting of New York (ICAC). They recommended the UxD's co-op for the move. Also recommended to seek membership in the Great West conference and the Mid-Con for all other sports. I am going to do a google search for them and see if I can locate the study.

Jack4Life
04-15-2007, 05:13 PM
Does anybody know the name of the consultant they used? I can't find anything.[/quote]

I searched back and found the consultant was Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting of New York (ICAC). They recommended the UxD's co-op for the move. Also recommended to seek membership in the Great West conference and the Mid-Con for all other sports. I am going to do a google search for them and see if I can locate the study.[/quote]

Attached is their web-site
http://www.icac.us/

filbert
04-15-2007, 06:11 PM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

That is a very good point. What is the average donation? I know there is considerable talk about a major dontation from one benefactor for a basketball arena, but you can't put all your eggs in one basket. When you have a major benefactor, the average contributor gets complacent. You need the average joe supporting your program.


Does anybody know the name of the consultant they used? I can't find anything.

I searched back and found the consultant was Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting of New York (ICAC). They recommended the UxD's co-op for the move. Also recommended to seek membership in the Great West conference and the Mid-Con for all other sports. I am going to do a google search for them and see if I can locate the study.
My recollection is that--at least in the press reports of whatever report they created--ICAC went a bit further than just "recommend" that USD "seeks membership" in the Mid-Con, they basically said that Mid-Con membership for USD was pretty much a done deal.

That tells me that they either 1) know things that a lot of people, possibly including Mid-Con Comissioner Tom Douple, don't know, or 2) they're pulling it out of their you-know-what.

Jack4Life
04-15-2007, 07:10 PM
According to their website, ICAC has been retained to assist three schools with their transitions; USD, North Carolina Central University and St. Anselm College. I believe that would make them an expert in NCAA transitions...

SiouxFallsJack
04-15-2007, 09:23 PM
A serious google on USD and D1 studies was made and nothing came up that relates directly to the specific request that I made. It would appear there are no offical documents posted to the web at this time. Their consultant could still be working on them. I dont know what their giving from the average alum is in terms of athletics is currently at nor have there been any significant changes. For their sake, you would hope in some sort of a bump. ;)

That is a very good point. What is the average donation? I know there is considerable talk about a major dontation from one benefactor for a basketball arena, but you can't put all your eggs in one basket. When you have a major benefactor, the average contributor gets complacent. You need the average joe supporting your program.


Does anybody know the name of the consultant they used? I can't find anything.

I searched back and found the consultant was Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting of New York (ICAC). They recommended the UxD's co-op for the move. Also recommended to seek membership in the Great West conference and the Mid-Con for all other sports. I am going to do a google search for them and see if I can locate the study.
My recollection is that--at least in the press reports of whatever report they created--ICAC went a bit further than just "recommend" that USD "seeks membership" in the Mid-Con, they basically said that Mid-Con membership for USD was pretty much a done deal.

That tells me that they either 1) know things that a lot of people, possibly including Mid-Con Comissioner Tom Douple, don't know, or 2) they're pulling it out of their you-know-what.



I'll go with the you-know-what option. ;D

89rabbit
04-23-2007, 09:47 AM
http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070423/NEWS/70423005

University of North Dakota student group balks at Division 1 move

By The Associated Press
Published: April 23, 2007

GRAND FORKS, N.D. Ė The University of North Dakota Student Senate has tabled its discussion on the switch to NCAA Division I athletics.

The Senate passed a resolution on Sunday that says it wonít support an increase in student fees to help pay for the schoolís transition to Division I, until itís known how big the hike will be. . . . (read more)


Go State! :)

SD-STATE
04-23-2007, 11:06 AM
Not exactly the sign of excitement about moving up to DI they are probably looking for.

BTownJack
04-23-2007, 12:59 PM
Not exactly the sign of excitement about moving up to DI they are probably looking for.
I would agree but if our administration had proposed these kinds of increases to our studenty body when we annouced we were moving up, I'm sure the same feelings would have been expressed by our own student body.

Since the Board of Regents mandated we couldn't increase student fees to help pay for our move to D-I, this wasn't an issue on our campus. Had we'd been allowed to, there certainly would have been some opposition.

jackmd
04-23-2007, 02:32 PM
I would agree but if our administration had proposed these kinds of increases to our studenty body when we annouced we were moving up, I'm sure the same feelings would have been expressed by our own student body.

Since the Board of Regents mandated we couldn't increase student fees to help pay for our move to D-I, this wasn't an issue on our campus. Had we'd been allowed to, there certainly would have been some opposition.

We don't know that for sure but it seems logical. I think you can say now that the students are definitely in support of the move. In 5 years there won't be student on campus who yearns for the DII days of the past.

BTownJack
04-23-2007, 03:00 PM
I would agree but if our administration had proposed these kinds of increases to our studenty body when we annouced we were moving up, I'm sure the same feelings would have been expressed by our own student body.

Since the Board of Regents mandated we couldn't increase student fees to help pay for our move to D-I, this wasn't an issue on our campus. Had we'd been allowed to, there certainly would have been some opposition.

We don't know that for sure but it seems logical. I think you can say now that the students are definitely in support of the move. In 5 years there won't be student on campus who yearns for the DII days of the past.
I would agree that not only are the students behind the move, but SDSU is garnerning more and more support from the SD general public.

SD-STATE
04-23-2007, 10:20 PM
Not exactly the sign of excitement about moving up to DI they are probably looking for.
I would agree but if our administration had proposed these kinds of increases to our studenty body when we annouced we were moving up, I'm sure the same feelings would have been expressed by our own student body.

Since the Board of Regents mandated we couldn't increase student fees to help pay for our move to D-I, this wasn't an issue on our campus. Had we'd been allowed to, there certainly would have been some opposition.

I think you're probably right. There always seems to be a perception from the non-athlete student or faculty that the athletes are overpaid or over privileged to begin with. Many don't realize that an increase in those fees would in a round about way benefit everyone and are therefore reluctant to have to pay extra. Looking back now, I wouldn't mind if I had to pay a little extra to attend a DI institution. If you asked me when I was a student, I would of probably would of had a few gripes. I wonder if SDSU's inability to get renevue from those fees won't put it at a disadvantage in the future. As successful as we've been, how much more would that extra money have gotten us? An improved facility, extra scholarship or assisstant coach a few years sooner? A lot can be said how despite all of our grumblings, I've been as guilty as anyone, our administration has been doing a great job despite their somewhat limited options monetary wise.

JackJD
04-23-2007, 10:46 PM
The UND Student Senate's position is a serious development. That situation has the potential to derail the entire DI switch for UND or, at a minimum, cause it to get off on the wrong foot which could have lasting implications.

I suppose each school has its own set of problems. For UND, an easy argument against moving to DI was the fact that UND already had DI hockey and was familiar with how to compete at the highest level of a particular sport. UND students have to be looking at the budget projections and swallowing real hard right now.

I'd love to be sitting in the corner when the off-the-record discussions take place between the administration and the student senators. I think the students have a mighty big knife to wield when it comes to cutting a deal on student fees! Raising student fees was the easy solution and now the administrators may have to face the prospective of life without the ability to raise student fees.

I look forward to following the news from Grand Forks. Beats the heck outa hearing about Anna Nicole, Britney, Paris, Imus etc.

bisonbacker
04-23-2007, 11:08 PM
JackJD, I too found that development quite interesting. I don't however think it will derail anything. They are going to go DI now come hell or high water. They and USD are now in no-mans land. They can't go back cuz there's nothing to go back to. On this same note On the BisonSports.Net blog this very topic was raised by one of the USD bloggers. He commended the UND senate for their stance. I found the very first response to his blog quite interesting and believe it must have been from a SDSU fan or alum. Either way you guys may want to check it out.
http://bisonsports.net/bsnblog/index.php/b
You guys may agree with the comments of the readers. As a matter of fact I'm pretty sure you will.

JackJD
04-24-2007, 08:48 AM
Thanks for the link, Bisonbacker. Interesting reading.

I think you're right: the chance for UND's move to be derailed is slim to none at this point but I think the transition is off to a rough start with the students having legitimate complaints about the possible increase in fees.

I look forward to following the story.

NightHawk78
05-30-2007, 07:16 PM
http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=39389&section=News&forumcomm_check_re turn&freebie_check&CFID=36676086&CFTOKEN=45074918& jsessionid=883047250ed194312e5e

Well, UND remembered to send its check and application in to the NCAA. Any news about USD's application?


The NCAA has received a $15,000 check from UND, down payment on the school's planned move to NCAA Division I athletics by the 2012-2013 school year.

UND officials sent the check by FedEx on Thursday morning, said athletic director Tom Buning, and later got confirmation the check was received. The school was facing a June 1 deadline.

The check was accompanied by a formal application to move all of UND's Division II athletics programs to D-I over the course of five years, Buning said. UND's men's and women's hockey programs are D-I sports, but all other UND sports are D-II. (more...)