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MIAC says no decision made after membership discussion

MIAC says no decision made after membership discussion Photo: File courtesy MIAC

April 18, 2019 05:18 PM

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference stated Thursday afternoon that the conference's Presidents' Council met Thursday "for a discussion on philosophy, competition, and membership."

The statement said the presidents of the league's 13 member schools "attended and agreed to continue discussions at future meetings." But that no action was taken.

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The discussions follow reports and speculation about a potential effort by some conference schools to change the league's bylaws to perhaps pave the way for a vote next month to expel St. Thomas, whose enrollment is almost double the size of second-closest member St. Catherine.

According to numbers from the Minnesota Private College Council and the Minnesota Department of Higher Education, St. Thomas had an undergraduate enrollment of over 6,100 in the fall of 2017. St. Catherine had an undergraduate enrollment of over 3,100. St. Olaf - the next closest of the nine schools that currently play football in the league - had an undergraduate enrollment of over 3,030.

The Tommies have laid claim to the conference's all-sports titles on both the men's and women's side every school year since 2007-08, and again lead both competitions this year.

The conference statement said no further details would be provided at this time, echoing a position taken by almost all of the league's member schools over the past two weeks, who when contacted by KSTP regarding the matter declined comment through official school representatives.

The full statement was as follows:

"The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Presidents' Council met on Thursday, April 18 for a discussion on philosophy, competition, and membership. The presidents of all 13 MIAC institutions attended and agreed to continue discussions at future meetings. No action was taken and no further details will be provided at this time."

St. Olaf provided a statement on the matter last week, in advance of Thursday's presidential meeting.

"Membership in the MIAC is determined by the member institutions," the statement read. "St. Olaf, along with the presidents of all of the MIAC institutions, is engaged in a discussion of membership. We are participating in those discussions in good faith, and we await the results."


 

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