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Heath Hotzler, Published September 28 2007

NSIC’s limits revisited

The rumor floating around Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools is that new members Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State-Mankato, Augustana and St. Cloud State have already started lobbying for increased scholarship limits.

The former North Central Conference schools, which enter the NSIC in 2008-09, are said to be miffed that their programs might take a major hit when they are forced to hack away at their current scholarships to get down to the Northern Sun’s limits.

Speculation in NSIC circles about the newcomers intensified following the league’s Sept. 17 board meeting, in which school presidents began preliminary discussions about future scholarship increases and the addition of two sanctioned sports (men’s tennis and women’s swimming).

One thought around the league is that the new schools spearheaded the scholarship discussion.

That’s not true, according NSIC commissioner Butch Raymond.

“That’s a false presumption, that the new schools coming in are so heavily laden with scholarships,” Raymond said. “These things are more spearheaded by our schools that don’t offer as much as other schools.”

There have been no proposals made – yet.

However, Raymond said the topics will be continuously discussed in the future.

It is unsure how much scholarship limits would rise from the 90 (45 men, 45 women) each school is currently allowed.

But it’s likely a change would be made in the next two years.

For now, school presidents have been asked to discuss the impact of the possible changes at their campuses.

“I don’t think anybody said, ‘No, we shouldn’t do it,’ or ‘Yes, we should do it,’ ” Raymond said of the board meeting.

Rivalry week

It’s Paint Bucket time.

The Valley City State football team will host Jamestown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lokken Stadium in the Battle for the Paint Bucket Trophy.

This will be the 102nd meeting between the schools, making it one of the oldest rivalry games in the history of college football.

Undefeated Jamestown (4-0) enters the game ranked No. 8 in the latest NAIA coaches poll.

Valley City State is 0-3, including a 31-21 loss against Dakota State last week in the Dakota Athletic Conference opener.

However, the Vikings have won two consecutive games in the series.

The last four games have been decided by a total of nine points.

Odds and ends

Concordia junior wide receiver Paul Shol of Fergus Falls, Minn., was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference special teams player of the week. Shol had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Cobbers’ 52-21 loss against St. John’s last week. It was Concordia’s first score on a kick return since 1993. … Daryl Banks, Roland Jacobs, Bob Larson, John Richman, Tammy Sturdevant and Mike Worner will be inducted into the North Dakota State College of Science Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.

Readers can reach Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hhotzler@forumcomm.com. Hotzler’s small college blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com