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Sources: Announcement on St. Thomas' future in MIAC coming as soon as Wednesday

Sources: Announcement on St. Thomas' future in MIAC coming as soon as Wednesday Photo: KSTP-TV

May 21, 2019 11:02 PM

Multiple sources connected to the MIAC say an announcement on the future of St. Thomas in the league is expected to come as soon as Wednesday.

Reports and rumors have continued to swirl about an effort by some conference members to force the Tommies - charter members in 1920 - from the league.

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The conference has only said that the MIAC's Presidents' Council met last month "for a discussion on philosophy, competition and membership." And that while no action was taken at that time, the league's 13 school presidents "attended and agreed to continue discussions at future meetings."

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The presidents were scheduled to meet again on May 29. But the sources say an announcement regarding St. Thomas could now come in advance of that.

According to numbers from the Minnesota Private College Council and the Minnesota Department of Education, St. Thomas had an undergraduate enrollment of over 6,100 in the fall of 2017. St. Catherine, the next closest member school, 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 also laid claim to the men's and women's all-sports titles every school year since 2007-08, winning both again this year.

One source told KSTP St. Thomas coaches and administrators are expected to meet on campus Wednesday morning with athletes expected to meet with athletic director Phil Esten Wednesday afternoon.

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