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Eric Peterson, Published August 18 2010

Northern Sun Conference: Huskies dropping football? MSUM’s Peters not totally surprised with St. Cloud State reports

St. Cloud State is considering dropping football, the St. Cloud Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

St. Cloud State will ask the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for permission stay in the league if the school drops one of the sports required to be an NSIC member, according to the Times.

Football is one of the required men’s sports for NSIC members.

“In some ways it’s surprising and some ways it’s not,” said MSUM Athletic Director Doug Peters, whose school is also an NSIC member.

“Every college campus in the state has had to look at a lot of different options to try to figure out how to balance their budget. Different universities have looked at different things.”

While MSUM has dealt with its own budget issues, Peters said there are no plans to cut sports from its athletic department.

“Right now, we don’t have plans to drop anything,” Peters said.

St. Cloud State offers 21 sports with 19 of them competing in the NSIC, an NCAA Division II league.

The school also offers D-I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams.

According to the Times article, the three options St. Cloud State is looking at are – dropping only football, dropping football and three additional sports and keeping football and dropping eight sports.

St. Cloud State will ask for the waiver option at the Sept. 20 meeting of the NSIC presidents, the Times reported.

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