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NSICexpands to 14 teams

St. Paul - Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Commissioner Butch Raymond has announced the results from the NSIC Board of Directors teleconference call dealing with expansion.

St. Paul - Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Commissioner Butch Raymond has announced the results from the NSIC Board of Directors teleconference call dealing with expansion.

The Board of Directors, consisting of the ten NSIC Presidents/Chancellors, voted to expand the NSIC to 14 teams with the addition of Augustana College (Sioux Falls, S.D.), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, Minn.), Minnesota State University Mankato (Mankato, Minn.) and Saint Cloud State University (Saint Cloud, Minn.).

These four institutions, which were all voted on individually, will begin participating within the NSIC in the 2008-09 season.

"The NSIC is pleased to welcome these four institutions into our league. We feel all four of these programs are a good fit with strong academic traditions in NCAA DII athletics. The competitiveness of these athletic teams will enhance all 17 sports that we currently offer," Raymond said.

Three of the four institutions are very familiar with the NSIC as they are former members. Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State and Saint Cloud State were all charter members of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference. With the four additions, the NSIC will now consist of 14 teams over a five state area with nine institutions hailing from Minnesota, two in South Dakota, and one in Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota.

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The NIC began in 1932 as the Northern Teacher's Athletic Conference. Charter members included Bemidji State, Mankato State, Moorhead (MN) State, St. Cloud State and Winona State.

In 1942 the conference name was changed to the State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota.

The conference switched its name to the Northern Intercollegiate Conference in 1962. In the spring of 1992 the NSIC was formed out of the merger of the NIC, the men's conference, and the women's Northern Sun Conference. The NSC had existed since 1979.

In the 1999-00 academic year, the NSIC became an expanded 10-team league by adding Wayne State College (Wayne, Neb.), Concordia University-St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The conference featured eight members from 2004-05 until 2005-06 with the departure of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota-Morris, but expanded back to 10 teams in 2006-07 as the University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.) and Upper Iowa University (Fayette, Iowa) joined the league.

Since 1932, various institutions have competed in the NSIC. Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Winona State University are charter members and have remained in the conference for the 73 years of its existence. Other current members joined in later years: Southwest Minnesota State University in 1969, Northern State University in 1978, Wayne State College (Nebraska) in 1998, Concordia University-St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1999 and the University of Mary and Upper Iowa University in 2006.

Before the NSIC became eligible for National Collegiate Athletic Association championship competition in 1995, its member institutions had an extremely rich tradition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NIC's and NSC's tenure in the NAIA included several national championship teams and individuals as well as many national qualifiers.

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