There was a post on the D2 board that mentioned Winona St was disgruntled in the NSIC and mentioned moving to that "Wisconsin League" I am guessing they meant the WIAC. Has anyone here heard anything about that? I only looked back 3 pages here and saw no mentions. Would the WIAC be interested if this rumor is true?
Obviously, they'd have to start by moving to D-III first (in all sports, not just football), which would be quite the serious decision and would involve a four-year transition process IF D-III allowed them in. I think that hurdle alone is probably more than WSU wants to tackle. That's a much larger campus discussion than just, "Hey we'd like a different football league"
Winona State is already a WIAC affiliate in women's gymnastics.
Yes, because in women's gymnastics the NCAA divisions are not separated, they compete together. It's all "National Collegiate". Since most smaller school can't possibly compete with the UCLA's and Utah's of the gymnastics world, they gather for the NGCA National Championships, a coaches association sponsored championships for D-II and D-III level schools. Football won't work like that.
In football and most sports you can't "play down" in football, and still keep your other sports D-I or D-II. This is the "Dayton Rule". Dayton at one point had a D-I athletics program with a D-III football team. The NCAA membership decided they were gaining an unfair advantage as their D-I track and field athletes were populating the skill positions of the D-III football team. So they changed the rule. There's a couple of grandfathered programs that still do this (Johns Hopkins lacrosse is the most prominent), but you can't do it anymore.
(Didn't think you'd come hear for collegiate gymnastics talk, did you?)