Post by dave on Mar 23, 2018 8:31:52 GMT -6
The University of South Dakota moving to D1 is an entirely different thing. SDSU, USD, UND, NDSU, we're all state institutions with strong enrollments. Augustana is a small, liberal arts college. It fits the profile of a D3 or NAIA school more than a D2 school, much less a D1 school.
If I am the Dakota schools there is no way I extend Augie an invite. Don't even need to worry about political backlash there as it's a private school.
This x a 1000
Your athletic department is the front porch of your university, it's the first thing you probably think of when you hear a schools name. You make the move to DI to raise the exposure of your university, to take your school from state and local exposure to a national level. The four state schools have a defined statewide mission, we are the state's law, medicine, ag, engineering, business, and pharmacy schools. You move to DI to be on the same level as the peer institutions as our neighboring states, Augie just doesn't belong in this group. The Summit League is an entry level conference and yes we have some schools with little or no local, student or alumni support, and yes Augie is better than those schools in those areas, but bringing Augie in does nothing to expose your school to a broader area, it makes the conference even more Sioux Falls-centric. The Sioux Falls media was against the XDSUs moving to DI, and they were dead wrong. They are lobbying hard for Augie to the Summit and are dead wrong on this issue. The Sioux Falls media needs to learn that there is a great big world outside the I 29-229-90 corridor.