Here is a link to a discussion on D-3 soccer. Rather than summarize it, I will let anyone interested go and read it. If they were expelled from the MIAC, where would they go? Up to D-1 or D-2, the latter would destroy their hockey program.
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Finlandia is an associate member of the WIAC for baseball and Northland will be an associate for hockey next season and they are private, granted much smaller in population than St. Thomas.
The Eau Claire AD said on record in an interview that pulling out of the NCHA was a mistake because of the autobid situation, so that makes one stakeholder likely open to more associate members for ice hockey. If he's not the only AD who feels that way there could be potential to add more private schools. Whether St. Thomas fits the profile they want is another question
I'm honestly surprised those WIAC schools you've mentioned haven't added a hockey school or aren't required to start one up by a certain year. WIAC dominates in a ton of other sports, recruiting pool is crazy.
The vote to change the MIAC bylaws to add an enrollment cap is today. 9 schools need to approve which means 5 against sink it. I've read that St. John's, their football rival, wants them to stay. If that's true they need 3 more schools on their side to sink it.
I'm very curious which institution is whipping the votes for kicking the Tommies out, and if they have the votes.
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I wonder if its possible they would throw St. Thomas out as a full member, but the Tommies stick around for hockey. Sounds like this is mostly (entirely?) about football.
From that it sounds like Ausburg, Hamline, St. Olaf and Carleton are driving this, or at least support it. Bethel, Concordia and GAC are at the very least uncommitted, possibly against.Three MIAC sources said there is pressure being applied to Bethel, Concordia, Gustavus — the other competitive football programs — to support removing St. Thomas via threats that Augsburg, Hamline, St. Olaf and Carleton could drop out of MIAC football (as Macalester did years ago). This would leave five football schools in the MIAC without a full schedule to play.
If St. John's is in fact on the side of St. Thomas, and they can get Bethel, Concordia and GAC to vote with them that would be enough to sink this.
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Whether all four will walk the walk if this fails remains to be seen.
Looking around this seems to be where pundits/writers/personalities have the votes:
Keep St. Thomas:
Kick St. Thomas:
St. Olaf (implied ringleader)
If this layout is accurate, either side needs two of the three swing votes to get their way. One of the writers I'm reading says he thought Concordia would be team Keep but was told don't be so sure when he asked around.
Last edited by Scott_TG; 04-18-2019 at 03:12 PM.
Update: No decision made today at meeting.
The MIAC just issued a statement saying that the presidents met and discussed competition and membership. Presidents agreed to continue discussion at future meetings, no action was taken, and of course no comment.— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) April 18, 2019
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