Now that the NSIC has 16 teams (a fact that I take issue with… and have been working on a blog post to that effect, so look for it here), the league can afford to do some tweaking to its postseason formats.
According to Andy Renneke of the St. Cloud Times, the league made lots of little changes at its annual summer meetings, held in St. Cloud this week.
- A potential deal to move the men’s and women’s conference tournaments to Sioux Falls, S.D. starting in 2014. The league currently plays the semifinals and finals in Rochester, but with 16 teams it looks like the quarterfinals on will be held in one location, with only first round games at campus sites.
- A 22-game conference hoops schedule. They league will crown both overall champions and division champions. Bemidji State has been aligned to the North Division along with U-Mary, Minnesota Crookston, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Minot State, Northern State and St. Cloud State.
- The baseball tournament will also likely be moving to Sioux Falls. Augustana would retentivity be the host school, and games would be played at “The Birdcage,” home of the Sioux Falls Pheasants (formerly the Sioux Falls Canaries. This year’s baseball tournament was held in Mankato.
The league hasn’t sent out a press release about this (yet), likely because the the deals haven’t been finalized yet. And I’m not quite sure yet if these divisions will carry over for football. I haven’t been able to talk to NSIC commissioner Butch Raymond but when I do I will put it in this space.