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    What's everyone think of the departure of UW-P for the GLIAC after this academic year?

    http://www.parksiderangers.com/news/...the-gliac.aspx

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    Biggest football impact is probably that it just encourages UIndy to look at GLIAC and GMAC. The GLVC has been moving westward for some time now. NKU, KWU, IPFW, SIUE, St. Joe's, now UWP. Expansion has been in Illinois and Missouri.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wabbott9 View Post
    Biggest football impact is probably that it just encourages UIndy to look at GLIAC and GMAC. The GLVC has been moving westward for some time now. NKU, KWU, IPFW, SIUE, St. Joe's, now UWP. Expansion has been in Illinois and Missouri.
    If the GLVC is considering going further west, they might look into Newman University in Wichita, who will be without a conference once their current league, the Heartland Conference, merges with the Lone Star Conference in 2019-2020. The only other D2 option for Newman could be the MIAA, if they wanted to add two non-football schools (Newman and possibly a KC area school like Rockhurst) while having Southwest Baptist and Lincoln (Mo.) seek full-time membership with the GLVC.

    It's going to be a very interesting "silly season" that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankslaker View Post
    What's everyone think of the departure of UW-P for the GLIAC after this academic year?

    http://www.parksiderangers.com/news/...the-gliac.aspx
    Rather odd, seeing as I would've thought the GLIAC would've gone after a football school (read: UIndy) before Parkside. Although, it's probably less of a drive to get to Kenosha from Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan) than it is to Detroit. And, Purdue-Northwest gets a 'travel partner' for basketball scheduling purposes.

    EDIT: Apparently, there might be more to this departure than what meets the eye. The GLVC hammered Parkside over eligibility compliance violations on Aug. 22:

    http://www.glvcsports.com/news/2017/....aspx?path=gen

    UW-P's response:

    http://parksiderangers.com/news/2017....aspx?path=gen

    I don't know how long the GLIAC was courting Parkside, but it didn't seem to affect their decision to extend an invitation.
    Last edited by ctrabs74; 09-26-2017 at 07:05 PM.

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    Not many football school options for the GLIAC to go after. The pickings are kinda slim after UINDY. The GLIAC would almost need to look at courting Canadian schools just to keep travel down, but that still has a whole nother ball of wax to go through there with say a University of Windsor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmrg74 View Post
    Not many football school options for the GLIAC to go after. The pickings are kinda slim after UINDY. The GLIAC would almost need to look at courting Canadian schools just to keep travel down, but that still has a whole nother ball of wax to go through there with say a University of Windsor.
    Yup. If there were any football schools around that weren't GMAC (i.e., that didn't just leave), they'd be GLVC and then UIndy would be less inclined to leave.

    Geographically, Lewis makes some sense, but there has been some GLVC expansion in Illinois, so it's less likely that Lewis is dissatisfied.

    I don't think that having an even number is as critical at the D2 level. (Outside of football, it's not a big deal at the D1 level.) It's more a matter of having a group of schools relatively nearby that are on similar levels of competition. You're almost never going to have this perfect, but the current GLIAC isn't too bad, and adding UIndy wouldn't disrupt it much. (Remember, the Hounds played in the GLIAC until a few seasons ago.)

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