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Summit League announcement press coverage

Links and some local comments on the new Summit League:

Sioux Falls Argus-Leader:
The Summit League quickly rose to the top, said committee member Micah Grenz, SDSU's marketing and promotions director, as it conveyed the desired connotation and avoided fluid qualities like geography and numbers. The next mission was finding a logo and, Grenz said, the choice was again fairly obvious, an ascending piece submitted by Nina Schmidt, a graphic designer at SDSU who was out of the country the day her work was unveiled.
Kansas City Star:

Perhaps the name change will bring the Kangaroos good luck, at least on the hardwood. The men’s and women’s programs never won a Mid-Continent championship.

“It’s a great thing,” UMKC men’s basketball coach Matt Brown said. “The summit is, after all, where we want to go.”

Douple said the league office received more than 100 suggestions.One thing Douple likes is the brevity of the new title.

“Mid-Continent Conference was a mouthful, it was wordy, and we felt the logo needed an update,” Douple said.

Shreveport Times:

"Even though a name change doesn't mean a lot in the grand scheme of things, I hate to see that change because there's so much history with the Mid-Con," Centenary baseball coach Ed McCann said. "I don't have much control over those things, and everyone is chasing Oral Roberts in all sports anyway."
. . .
"Southern Utah is the only member with mountains around them," McCann said. "They don't even have mountains at North or South Dakota State."
(Ed-Obviously, we need to invite Mr. McCann and his baseball team to play out in Rapid City . . . )

Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette:
The change suits IPFW men’s basketball coach Dane Fife just fine.
“I’m OK with it. We’re looking for brand recognition, and changing the name should help,” Fife said when reached by phone.
. . . 
“The standard is the Missouri Valley,” Fife said. “We’re not behind based on academics, but athletically, we need to take that next step to be mentioned in the same breath.”
Indianapolis Star:
"I'm really excited about the name change, but I'm more excited about the emphasis placed on bettering the league as a whole," IUPUI men's basketball coach Ron Hunter, who led the Jaguars to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, said in a statement. "With all the changes going on in the league, we're now working hard to make it the best conference possible."
Tulsa World:
"We felt 'Summit' was the best we could have chosen," said league commissioner Tom Douple. "It provides an image to reach the top and that's what we want to do. We want to proceed to the summit in both athletics and academics."

Douple discussed the new name and logo in a Tuesday teleconference. The change takes effect June 1, but will not impact teams competing for spring championships.

If the Oral Roberts baseball team should reach the College World Series, it would be as the Mid-Continent Conference champion, Douple said.


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Mid-Con rebrands to Summit League

The Mid-Continent Conference has taken a new name:  The Summit League.

Here's the press release from the conference:

Mid-Con Presidents Council Launches Summit Plan

ELMHURST, Ill. – The Mid-Continent Conference Presidents Council has embraced a strategic plan that places a renewed emphasis on improving the academic and athletic performances of all its student-athletes.

The Summit Plan, which places an emphasis on presidential leadership, seeks to advance the league to one of the premier mid-major conferences in the country. It focuses on student-athlete welfare, academic performance, increased home attendance and improving the league’s rating percentage index (RPI) in all sports.

The league plans to recognize the academic achievements of its student-athletes at every opportunity, while seeking to improve the Academic Progress Report (APR) scores of each team. The marketing efforts will be focused on increasing the home attendance, which helps support the student-athletes and provides additional exposure. In addition, the Summit Plan will include a review of staffing, budgeting and scheduling by each member institution to be conducted with the goal of improving the RPI in all conference sports.

Included in the plan is the creation of a new image with the unveiling of a new name, logo and Web site. As of June 1, 2007, the conference will be known as The Summit League (www.thesummitleague.org).

“The Summit League provides a mental image to reach for the top, both academically and athletically,” Commissioner Tom Douple said. “The new name fits in perfectly with the Presidents Council’s vision for the continued improvement and growth of the league.”

The name was developed over the last eight months by a conference-wide committee. The logo itself was designed by Nina Schmidt, a graphic designer at South Dakota State University.

“We are extremely pleased with our new name and logo,” said Dr. Al Goldfarb, president of Western Illinois University and chair of the Presidents Council. “We look forward with anticipation to continued successes in our league as we reach higher with the implementation of the Summit Plan.”
The conference was established in 1982 as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (AMCU). In 1989, it changed its name to the Mid-Continent Conference. The league is currently celebrating its 25th year as a Division I athletic conference.

Members of The Summit League as of July 1, 2007, will be Centenary College of Louisiana (CC), Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), North Dakota State University (NDSU), Oakland University (OU), Oral Roberts University (ORU), South Dakota State University (SDSU), Southern Utah University (SUU) and Western Illinois University (WIU).
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Today we are all Hokies

We stand together.

Image via Instapundit and Rocky Top Talk.

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Megan Vogel (clap, clap, clap clap clap)!!!

SDSU's Megan Vogel was selected with the 19th pick in the WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics:

The Mystics also addressed a need to bolster depth at small forward by drafting 5-foot-11 Megan Vogel from South Dakota State in the second round with the 19th overall pick. Vogel averaged 15.4 points for the Jackrabbits, Division I independents since moving up from Division II in 2004, Vogel's sophomore year.

"I would say this is one of the best unknown players in the draft, but people did know about her," Hargrove said of Vogel, who enhanced her reputation during the pre-draft camp.

"She is really complete. There is no flaw in her game. As you looked at all the other players in the draft, there were very few complete players."

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The view from Rocky Top

The reason for being in NCAA Division I is to compete for national championships at the highest possible level.  To do that, you have to understand what that highest level is.  For women's basketball, that level is occupied by Pat Summitt's Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

Here are a few pictures of what it looks like at the top:
Your alumni association rents out a part of Jacobs Field for the pre-game pep rally

Tennessee takes the court

The giant guitar shoots giant flames as the starting lineups are announced

The confetti falls as you win your seventh national championship


This is the hill we have chosen to climb . . . the journey we have embarked upon.

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WNIT Championship Game on TV

The WNIT has announced television coverage for the WNIT championship game.  Check back at www.womensnit.com for updates.
Thursday, March 29, 2007 – Saturday's championship game in the Postseason WNIT will be televised by various networks throughout the nation.  The game, which starts at 3 p.m. ET and is sold out at the University of Wyoming, will be available to more than 80 million households live across the country.  Here is a current list of networks that will carry the game.

Fox College Sports (available nationwide)
Fox New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
Fox Rocky Mountain (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, parts of Idaho, Kansas and Nebraska)
FSN South/SportSouth (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee)
Comcast Sports West (Areas of California, Nevada)
Comcast Michigan (Michigan, parts of Indiana)
Metro Sports (Kansas City area)
Time Warner Cable (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
WKYU (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
WISC-TV (Madison, Wisconsin)
Fox Sports Net Arizona (tape delay)
Fox Sports North (Wisconsin; tape delay)
Wisconsin Public TV (tape delay)
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WNIT Results

Wyoming won the WNIT Championship, defeating Wisconsin 72-56.

Wednesday, March 14, First Round
Minnesota 97, Illinois-Chicago 54
Utah 78, Montana 70
Tulane 76, Jackson State 43

Thursday, March 14, First Round
Arkansas State 59, Murray State 52
Hartford 70, Bucknell 54
Iona 91, Long Island 79
UCSB 75, San Diego 63
Southern Illinois 58, Stephen F. Austin 50
UAB 81, Davidson 77
Wyoming 84, Nevada 56
Charlotte 72, High Point 45
Illinois State 71, Rice 61, 3 OT
Kentucky 65, Oakland 56
Seton Hall 60, Dartmouth 39
Coppin State 67, St. Joseph's 52
Western Carolina 91, East Tennessee State 63

Saturday, March 17, Second Round
South Dakota State 61, Illinois State 48

Hofstra 64, Seton Hall 52
Virginia Tech 74, Western Carolina 64
Kansas State 72, Southern Illinois 46
Oregon 70, UCSB 54

Sunday, March 18, Second Round

South Carolina 81, Hartford 40
Auburn 74, UAB 60
Mississippi State 79, Tulane 73
Wisconsin 77, Arkansas State 45
Wyoming 73, Missouri 67

Monday, March 19, Second Round

Indiana 74, Iona 71, 7 p.m. ET
Virginia 74, Charlotte 72, 7 p.m. ET
Kentucky 85, Ball State 82, 7 p.m. ET
South Florida 66, Coppin State 49, 7 p.m. ET
Illinois 59, Utah 48, 7 p.m. CT
Western Kentucky 73, Minnesota 57, 7 p.m. CT

Wednesday, March 21, Third Round
Hofstra 64, South Carolina 59

Thursday, March 22, Third Round
South Dakota State 60, Indiana 53
Auburn 81, Virginia Tech 73
Virginia 73, South Florida 71
Kansas State 66, Illinois 51
Western Kentucky 56, Mississippi State 53
Wisconsin 67, Kentucky 61
Wyoming 64, Oregon 62

Sunday, March 25, Quarterfinals
Wyoming 70, South Dakota State 59
Wisconsin 84, Virginia 78
Auburn at Kansas State 67, Auburn 54
Western Kentucky 72, Hofstra 54

Wednesday, March 28, Semifinals
Wisconsin 79, Western Kentucky 72
Wyoming 89, Kansas State 79

Saturday, March 31, WNIT Championship Game
Wyoming 72, Wisconsin 56


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SDSU is in the WNIT!

Official Women's NIT Bracket (pdf format) is here.

And what's better, has a first round bye and will host a second round game.

All first-round games Thursday, March 15 except Illinois-Chicago at Minnesota which is Wednesday, March 14. All times to be announced.

Bracket #1
South Dakota State, Indiana, Oregon, and Missouri, first round byes

Nevada at Wyoming, winner plays Missouri (site TBD)
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego, winner goes to Oregon
Long Island at Iona, winner goes to Indiana
Rice at Illinois State, winner goes to South Dakota State

Bracket #2
Kansas State, Illinois, Auburn, Virginia tech, first round byes

Stephen F. Austin at Southern Illinois, winner goes to Kansas State
Montana at Utah, winner goes to Illinois
Davidson at UAB, winner goes to Auburn
East Tennessee State at Western Carolina, winner goes to Virginia Tech

Bracket #3
Hofstra, South Carolina, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, first round byes.

Dartmouth at Seton Hall, winner goes to Hofstra
Bucknell at Hartford, winner goes to South Carolina
Illinois-Chicago at Minnesota, winner goes to Western Kentucky
Jackson State at Tulane, winner goes to Mississippi State

Bracket #4
Ball State, Wisconsin, South Florida, Virginia, first round byes

Kentucky at Oakland, winner goes to Ball State
Murray State at Arkansas State, winner goes to Oregon
Coppin State at St. Joseph's, winner goes to South Florida
High Point at Charlotte, winner goes to Virginia

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The Forum is down!

It looks like we may be having a problem with the Forum. Updates as I figure out what's going on.

Update: Yep. The service provider took down the sdsufans.com forum script. I'm guessing we overloaded the server.

I'll post WNIT information over here on the blog side as soon as it comes out.

Update 2: Turning lemons into lemonade . . . if you want a peek at a candidate for a replacement forum software, go to


Create a userid, and kick the tires over there a bit. I'd love to hear some feedback, especially because we'll probably have to upgrade from the old YaBB board software that the SDSUFans.com Forum currently runs.

SDSU Fans are also hanging out at Terry Vandrovec's Argus-Leader blog,
and North Dakota State's Bisonville Board.

Update 3: Both KSFY and KDLT TV are apparently reporting that we're in (according to posts on Terry V's Argus-Leader blog). No word on opponents, dates, or sites yet.

Update 4: We're in. Details not yet released.

Update 5: From GoJacks.com:

South Dakota State University women's basketball team has been awarded an at-large berth and first-round bye in the Women's NIT.

The Jackrabbits, 23-5 overall, are scheduled to play the winner of Illinois State and Rice (Texas). Game date and location is scheduled to be announced Tuesday. Illinois State and Rice are slated to play Thursday night in Normal, Ill.

UPDATE 6: The Jacks will host a second-round game, date still to be announced. The WNIT bracket is up at the WNIT web site.

Update Last:  The storm has passed, the Forum is back up.  For now, anyway . . .
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Enter the Gateway

South Dakota State University has accepted an invitation to join the Gateway Football Conference, effective 2008.

Here's the SDSU press release:

SDSU to join Gateway Football Conference
Gateway Football Conference Commissioner Patty Viverito announced Wednesday that South Dakota State University has been accepted for membership in the league, starting in the fall of 2008.

"I want to express the appreciation for the due diligence and the very professional manner with which we had the opportunity to engage the leadership of the Gateway Football Conference, and considering an invitation and responding to the questions that have been posed to us over the last several weeks,” SDSU President David Chicoine said. “It really is an exciting time for South Dakota State University, for the state of South Dakota, and, in particular, for our student-athletes in the sport of football. It is our privilege to join the institutions in the Gateway Football Conference in furthering our mutual interest of providing the highest caliber experience for our football student-athletes. We look forward to competition and collaboration academically and on the football field.”

North Dakota State also was accepted for admission, bringing the league’s roster to nine teams. Western Kentucky will leave the Gateway after the 2007 season to join the Bowl Championship Subdivision Sun Belt Conference, leaving Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Westeren Illinois and Youngstown State (Ohio) as existing members of the St. Louis-based conference.

“One can justifiably argue the Gateway is the strongest, deepest and most respected (Football Championship Subdivision) conference in the nation,” Viverito said. “The decision to add North Dakota State and South Dakota State leaves no doubt. We considered expansion in a very comprehensive way, but the list of what we saw as attractive and potential candidates was very, very quickly whittled to two very obvious choices and those were South Dakota State and North Dakota State.”

SDSU’s entry into the Gateway will coincide with the Jackrabbits being eligible for postseason consideration and to receive the league’s automatic berth into the FCS playoffs.

“The timing is perfect. In 2008, when we finish our reclassification, we jump into a conference that we can compete for a conference championship, compete for individual honors, but most importantly, compete for a national championship. That is exciting,” SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier said.

The move to the Gateway will put football on equal footing with the vast majority of the university’s 21 sport offerings when it comes to qualifying for the postseason.

“Today, I can go to bed, and the 20 sports that there are national championships in, I can look at every student-athlete in our program and know that they have equal access to postseason championships starting in 2008 and 2009,” SDSU athletic director Fred Oien said. Women’s equestrian has yet to be sanctioned as a championship sport by the NCAA.

Historically, the Gateway Conference has been among the elite conferences in the FCS. A minimum of two Gateway teams have made the NCAA playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons, including three bids last year and a record-setting four teams in 2003. Gateway teams have appeared in four national championship games since 1997, winning twice; and a Gateway team has reached the semifinals eight times in the past 11 seasons.

“To be in a league with nine teams, to have eight conference games, is a tremendous step forward and the competition speaks for itself,” Stiegelmeier said. “The challenge is great, but that is the path South Dakota State football has taken, and in 2008, we’ll be ready.”

The addition of the two Dakota schools gives the Gateway six members that were ranked in the final 2006 Sports Network top-25 poll. Defending league champion Youngstown State was ranked No. 4, Southern Illinois was No. 7, Illinois State was No. 8, and UNI finished at No. 17.

“The Gateway presents a lot of other opportunities,” Oien said. “It houses and covers almost the largest possible footprint that we could have for our alumni base. It covers the largest recruiting base that we possibly could have, and its institutions, in the history of this institution, that we played quite frequently back in the ’60s and ’70s as a football program.”

Under the terms of the agreement, SDSU will pay a $250,000 entry fee and a $500,000 penalty if it leaves the conference before eight years.

“We took a good hard look at how much value is there to joining an established conference. If you would have looked at all of our goals for conference membership for football, the Gateway had them all,” Oien said. “I’m not sure if you can perfectly quantify that, but certainly the prestige that that conference has, the fact that it fits our footprint, the fact that they have a television contract, the fact that they have solid reserves, financial stability, and that they have a membership of the core seven that are remaining that has been there for a long time, that is tremendous value and it doesn’t come along very often.

“Dr. Chicoine and myself, as we visited, we felt it was an extremely fair price. And the eight-year commitment, we wouldn’t expect anything else because we don’t expect to ever leave there.”

SDSU will continue to play in the Great West Football Conference during the 2007 season. A charter member of the GWFC, the Jackrabbits finished the 2006 season with a 7-4 overall record, including a runner-up finish in the GWFC with a 3-1 mark.

“I have talked to each of the athletic directors in the Great West Football Conference, and I have talked to (Mid-Continent Conference) Commissioner (Tom) Douple and (GWFC) Commissioner (Ed) Grom this week, and we are committed to continue those schools, where feasible — Cal Poly, UC Davis and Southern Utah — as long as we can to help those colleagues out that really helped us get our initiation into Division I competition.”

The Jackrabbits will get an indication of the quality of the Gateway during the 2007 season as its first three games are against its future conference rivals: Aug. 30 at Western Illinois, Sept. 8 at Youngstown State and the home opener Sept. 15 with Northern Iowa.

“As we talked to our young men, we talked about the chance to be in this conference and what that would mean. The real positive there was the automatic qualifier — the chance to know at the end of the season you’re guaranteed the chance to get into the dance, or the pool or the tournament,” Stiegelmeier said. “We’re really excited about where we’re going to be in 2008.”