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Delaware State has decided to stay in the MEAC:


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Boise State axes baseball and swimming & diving.

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Terps aren't in that conference, they're in the Yankee Conference. Crossover "rivalry" with Virginia. Yankee Conference - Army, Navy, PSU, Maryland, Pitt, Temple, UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, UMass, BC, Buffalo
Only way something like that would have happened would have been if Joe Paterno had gotten his wish in the early 80s to create all-Eastern football conference, or get into the Big East for all sports. Several years before the Big Ten became an option.

Even then, it would have been unlikely that Maryland would have left the ACC at that time. No way on UMass and Buffalo; not sure about Army and Navy at that time, and long before UConn's unsuccessful upgrade from I-AA. Most likely WVU and Virginia Tech--if they wanted to go south, maybe then-indies South Carolina, FSU and/or Miami.

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Howard joining the NEC...but only as an associate member for six sports:



None of the sports Howard is moving to the NEC for are sponsored by the MEAC.

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Stanford is eliminating 11 sports after this upcoming academic year, although a good chunk of the cuts are to non-NCAA-sponsored sports:
https://www.si.com/college/2020/07/08/s ... -wrestling

Men's volleyball
Wrestling
Men's & Women's Fencing
Rowing & Sailing (Non-NCAA/multiple teams) * Sailing program was involved in the admissions bribery scandal
Squash (Non-NCAA)
Synchronized Swimming (Non-NCAA)
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St. Thomas (MN) has been given permission to move up from D-III to D-I beginngin with 2021-22 school year: https://www.espn.com/college-sports/sto ... division-i

All but 3 of their varsity teams will be in the Summit League. Their football team will play in the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship FCS conference which includes schools like Butler, Drake, and Valpo.

St. Thomas (MN) is the first school under the NCAA's current rules that were implemented in 2010 to make the two division jump. Previously, Buffalo was the last one to do so back in 1993. Dayton did so that same year but was already D-I in basketball when they did.

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There's been a bit of a shuffle in DI hockey. . .

The WCHA may be on the verge of being done. 7 members have broken away to re-form the CCHA (which disbanded in 2013, but Bowling Green held league naming rights), and will add St. Thomas as their 8th member. The league has mostly non-major Michigan schools (Lake Superior, Tech, Northern, Ferris St, etc), Bowling Green, and will have 3 Minnesota members, with Bemidji St and Minnesota State Mankato joining St. Thomas.
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CCHA has 3 schools on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Put a team in Isle Royale and make it 4.

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I think we're reaching DEFCON 0 on a possible P5/G5 or whatever split within the NCAA.



The P5 doesn't want to go down this road, but if they're forced to travel down it, they'll take the advantages they can get while they do it.
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Eastern Washington considering a range of possibilities, including dropping football, reclassifying to a lower division, and dropping athletics altogether.

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/ewu-fa ... d=19099082
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Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:04 pm
Eastern Washington considering a range of possibilities, including dropping football, reclassifying to a lower division, and dropping athletics altogether.

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/ewu-fa ... d=19099082
For the sake of argument, let's say this happens. Where does the Big Sky go from here? UC Davis already plays in the conference for football and could potentially make for a travel partner with Sacramento State.

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UC Davis views Big West as more prestigious than Big Sky. They get to be with 4 other UC’s, 3 of which are ranked top-35 academically.

I don’t see the EWU faculty report going anywhere. These things usually progress like this: faculty report wants to cut athletics -> president gives an obligatory “we’ll consider it” -> faculty then post complaints in The Chronicle forum echo chamber.

On the surface, EWU probably belongs with GNAC schools like CWU, WWU, Simon Fraser, etc. but EWU is isolated being 4 hours from Seattle. D1 is a strategic decision to counter that geographic disadvantage and manufacture separation in something from the schools they’re competing with for students.

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Speaking of UC's:


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And the UC’s dropping below the CSU’s means the Big West will give America what they want:

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Bluejaygrad03 wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:05 pm
squirrel wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:04 pm
Eastern Washington considering a range of possibilities, including dropping football, reclassifying to a lower division, and dropping athletics altogether.

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/ewu-fa ... d=19099082
For the sake of argument, let's say this happens. Where does the Big Sky go from here? UC Davis already plays in the conference for football and could potentially make for a travel partner with Sacramento State.
Davis would rather hang with the other schools in the UC system, I think. Big Sky is big enough that they could just shrug and go on without doing anything.
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