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D3Grad:
For all who do not know St. Thomas may not be a D3 member much longer.  The MIAC conference to put to a vote the end of the month whether St. Thomas is to be ousted.  This is not coming from any illegal behavior but a disparity amongst student population vs academic success.  St. Thomas has roughly double to population of the next largest MIAC school.  This could be a sad exit for a program that just introduced itself into the national discussion as a quality program. Link below to a news report and more information.

http://www.startribune.com/miac-rivals-plot-ouster-of-st-thomas/508145182/

Gregory Sager:
A large number of people, both on d3boards.com and in the press as well, believe that the move to oust St. Thomas from the MIAC (which Pat Coleman, with a nod towards the term "Brexit", labeled "Tomtoss") is primarily motivated by football -- specifically, the manner in which the Tommies drub their MIAC opponents by fifty points or more on a semi-regular basis.

Buck O.:

--- Quote from: D3Grad on April 08, 2019, 04:50:47 pm ---For all who do not know St. Thomas may not be a D3 member much longer.  The MIAC conference to put to a vote the end of the month whether St. Thomas is to be ousted.  This is not coming from any illegal behavior but a disparity amongst student population vs academic success.  St. Thomas has roughly double to population of the next largest MIAC school.  This could be a sad exit for a program that just introduced itself into the national discussion as a quality program. Link below to a news report and more information.

http://www.startribune.com/miac-rivals-plot-ouster-of-st-thomas/508145182/

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Even if St. Thomas were to be thrown out of the MIAC, why would they cease being a D3 member?

jknezek:

--- Quote from: Buck O. on April 09, 2019, 07:49:21 am ---
--- Quote from: D3Grad on April 08, 2019, 04:50:47 pm ---For all who do not know St. Thomas may not be a D3 member much longer.  The MIAC conference to put to a vote the end of the month whether St. Thomas is to be ousted.  This is not coming from any illegal behavior but a disparity amongst student population vs academic success.  St. Thomas has roughly double to population of the next largest MIAC school.  This could be a sad exit for a program that just introduced itself into the national discussion as a quality program. Link below to a news report and more information.

http://www.startribune.com/miac-rivals-plot-ouster-of-st-thomas/508145182/

--- End quote ---

Even if St. Thomas were to be thrown out of the MIAC, why would they cease being a D3 member?

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There aren't too many likely landing spots for a conference for St. Thomas in D3. Given the way the school has changed, recent hire as AD, there is speculation they were on a path to D2 or eventually D1 at some point. This may be a kick in the pants to get that moving. Being booted from the MIAC doesn't require them to move divisions, but being an Independent would be a very difficult spot.

D3Grad:

--- Quote from: jknezek on April 09, 2019, 09:29:25 am ---
--- Quote from: Buck O. on April 09, 2019, 07:49:21 am ---
Even if St. Thomas were to be thrown out of the MIAC, why would they cease being a D3 member?

--- End quote ---

There aren't too many likely landing spots for a conference for St. Thomas in D3. Given the way the school has changed, recent hire as AD, there is speculation they were on a path to D2 or eventually D1 at some point. This may be a kick in the pants to get that moving. Being booted from the MIAC doesn't require them to move divisions, but being an Independent would be a very difficult spot.

--- End quote ---

I would like St. Thomas to stay D3 in regards to soccer as that is all I know.  The program was built for the D3 game.  Many of the players are those who had opportunities to play at higher divisions but wanted the D3 environment of the student-athlete and much less the athlete-student.  An independent sounds great for soccer in my mind as competition is plenty good within Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northern Illinois but I do not know how well this works for all other sports.  As said before, this stems as a football issue but St. Thomas across all sports in Men and Women do very well. 

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