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Published July 01, 2013, 10:33 PM

42 schools officially switched conferences

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Today could be known in the college sporting world as Realignment Monday. 42 schools officially switched conferences; including three involving NDSU's conference, the Summit League; with UMKC and league power Oakland departing, but movement is nothing new to this conference.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Today could be known in the college sporting world

as Realignment Monday. 42 schools officially switched conferences; including three involving NDSU's conference, the Summit League; with

UMKC and league power Oakland departing, but movement is nothing new to this conference.

Saul Phillips- NDSU 7th Year Heach Coach: This league has historically been a transient, they're trying to put their anchor done and so it doesn't stay that way.

For the 2nd straight year; the Summit League map is changing; dropping schools Kansas City and Oakland; two of the longer road trips for the Bison and replaced them with Denver; a school that is on the rise.

Gene Taylor- NDSU Athletic Director: I think Denver brings a really good program; and when I talked to their athletic director she made a comment; we knew; we sought you guys out and their are strengths that you have as a league that we wanted to be a part of it.

Saul: Travel is a major player in a league like ours because of where

we're located; you take a map of all the D-1's in America and we are

an outlier like of schools in this league are outliers; been a good

home for us; its an underrated league.

Izzo question: Gene everyone will know with men's basketball with

Oakland and Oral Roberts now they're gone is the league as good as it

was when you got in in 2007?

Taylor: certainly those are good programs; and our fans would look at

the Oral Roberts game and the Oakland game now Denver comes in Denver

is going to bring a level of experience; SDSU has been really good;

yes we lost some teams our fans identified with as a rivalry

standpoint and they've made the NCAA Tournament but I think we enough

strength and people spending money in basketball to get to where SDSU

is where Oakland was and where we are that I think we are going to be

stronger

Saul: I know this we are a very good fit for the teams in our league

right now and we'll try to go out and beat the teams in our league

it's that simple.

Since 2006; 12 schools have either left or joined the Summit League.

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