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    NKU President James Votruba told the Cincinnati Enquirer the school could receive an invitation to a DI conference by the end of 2011. The school would then have to petition the NCAA for the jump.
    http://www.eaglecountryonline.com/news.php?nID=2555

    OVC decides not to expand...

    The OVC released a statement Wednesday night: "Although it remains our policy not to specifically discuss schools that are not a member of our conference, the OVC Board of Presidents have discussed potential institutions, and even had campus visits, but have not extended any invitations for membership at this time and do not expect to in the near future.

    "This is not a reflection on the quality of those institutions, but more that the OVC Board of Presidents believes the league is stable at 12 institutions, when you count the addition of Belmont University beginning next year."
    http://www.timesdaily.com/stories/OV...expland,184497

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    I would think that it is likely that the Summit would kick the tires on NKU. Eastern school to maybe keep the current eastern schools happy, and a very nice arena to boot. Would probably be a good add.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hambone View Post
    I would think that it is likely that the Summit would kick the tires on NKU. Eastern school to maybe keep the current eastern schools happy, and a very nice arena to boot. Would probably be a good add.
    I'm in favor

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    Looks like we've got a new 10th member.

    UNK is more in the OVC footprint. I'll gladly take them.
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    This would be fantastic! Best case scenario at this point after ORU leaves. I hope it actually happens!!!

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    Article also mentions the Horizon League but they're at 10 teams so let's hope the Summit is their destination. Good find, NDSUstudent.
    North Dakota State, a football team the big boys of college football should avoid like the plague, helped christen a $90 million renovation to Snyder Family Stadium — including a statue of famed Kansas State coach Bill Snyder himself — by taking a sledgehammer to the place.
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    Landing Belmont is a real coup for the OVC. It's definitely a better addition than NKU.

    NKU was, BTW, the school that SDSU defeated for the NCAA D-2 WBB championship in 2003.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zooropa View Post
    Landing Belmont is a real coup for the OVC. It's definitely a better addition than NKU.

    NKU was, BTW, the school that SDSU defeated for the NCAA D-2 WBB championship in 2003.
    NKU also beat NDSU in OT for a national championship (2000?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
    OVC schools apparently had concerns about whether NKU's lack of a football program - which loses significant dollars at nearly all colleges - and the new Bank of Kentucky Center would give it too big an advantage over other OVC schools.

    Votruba said NKU has gotten "a great deal of interest" from both the Atlantic Sun and Summit League conferences. Travel will be a concern, but NKU teams already travel as far away as Missouri in the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference.

    NKU said it will continue discussions with the Atlantic Sun and Summit League conferences, which already had approached it about joining.

    NKU has been talking with the OVC for months and hosted a visit on its Highland Heights campus earlier this fall.

    It remains confident about getting an invitation this year and starting Division I competition in the fall of 2012.

    A consultant last year recommended that NKU talk to the Horizon League, the OVC, the Atlantic Sun and the Summit League about membership.

    The Horizon, which includes Butler University in Indianapolis, has said it is not interested in expanding now.

    The Summit League includes Oakland, Oral Roberts, IUPUI and Fort Wayne. Its current members average about 12,300 total students, about 3,000 less than NKU's current enrollment.
    Looks like a good fit for the Summit... if NKU wants to bite off on the travel.
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