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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 05 2010

Bison football: NDSU voted in favor of USD joining MVFC

The admission of the University of South Dakota to the league happened that fast, with the final approval coming from league presidents. Taylor said NDSU voted in favor of the Coyotes coming aboard.

“Patty started talking about various scenarios back in August,” Taylor said. “We started playing the ‘what ifs’ either collectively or individually of what could happen. A lot of scenarios were being discussed that we all had in the back of our minds. This one, I don’t think anybody thought of until Tuesday.”

Thursday’s official announcement ended a wild week in conference affiliation. It started last Friday with the University of North Dakota declining a site visit from the Summit League, then accepting membership into the Big Sky Conference on Monday.

The Big Sky said USD was soon to follow.

“A lot of twists and turns to it,” said Summit League commissioner Tom Douple.

Taylor said the $500,000 buyout USD would have had to pay the Summit slowed the process enough for the Missouri Valley Football Conference to have a last-minute chance with the Coyotes.

The addition of USD for 2012 means the MVFC will expand to 10 teams, but Taylor said the conference schedule will remain at eight games. Each member will not play one other member each year, but Taylor said “we’ll try to protect the rivalries as much as you can.”

Travel will be part of that equation, too. So NDSU will play South Dakota State and probably Northern Iowa every year, but may not see Youngstown State or Southern Illinois every season.

The biggest program winner at NDSU in retaining USD is probably track and field. The two schools for years competed for North Central Conference titles.

“I think it’s an excellent move,” said NDSU men’s coach Don Larson. “At least we have three of the NCC crew back together. I think logically it makes a lot more sense.”

Certainly, it makes sense for the Summit. Asked if he feared losing USD, Douple said, “It’s something we obviously spent a lot of time and effort and sweat equity in bringing in new members. We didn’t want to see them leave, that’s for sure.”

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