So it looks like 2012-2013 will be the first year with the MIAA in its much-rumored 16-team format. And I thought it might be interesting to take a look at one way the conference might break up. I’m assuming they’ll go into East-West divisions, with all the Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma schools in the West and all the Missouri school. I think once this thing comes together that it will be hands-down, the best NCAA Division II school in the country.
And Newman University, right here in Wichita, must be kicking itself for not putting in football sometime in the last decade. You have to think that, with football, they’d be a better option than Southwest Baptist or Lincoln in the East and you could make an argument to having the Jets over either of the Oklahoma schools or Nebraska-Kearney in the West.
Fort Hays State
Northeastern (Okla.) State
Truman (Mo.) State
Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
So that’s my thinking as far as realignment. As far as football scheduling, right now all the MIAA teams play 11 games, and everybody plays each other, so that means two non-conference games. In the new version, the league will likely still play the two non-conference games, all 7 opponents in-division and then get to play two opponents from the opposite division. This is where you have problems. Do you let a team like Pitt State play rivalry games against Missouri Southern and NW Missouri every year or do you make everybody rotate opponents? I don’t envy new MIAA commish Bob Boerigter in trying to get this figured out, but don’t feel too bad for dude because in a couple of years he could be the most powerful guy in all of D2, with his mega-conference and all.
I’m out. TA.