Since I am an ethically responsible journalist, I will offer this advice to UND for free:
Read with interest a story in our Grand Forks Herald about Title IX requirements for NDSU and SDSU in relation to what UND plans on doing.
Not sure why Betty Ralston is not in favor of NDSU’s method of Title IX compliance. Dale Lennon, if you have any pull at UND, take note. It’s going to cost more scholarship dollars by taking the equity dollar route rather than the "interest and abilities" stipulation. Translated, that means getting the football scholarships closer to the I-AA maximum of 63 will probably take longer — i.e. SDSU and its giddy-up equestrian team. If NDSU’s Title IX prong is good enough for the NCAA, why wouldn’t it not be good enough for UND?
UND needs football to be successful immediately in this transition. It takes the pressure off everybody else. When NDSU got votes in the Division I-AA top 25 poll right off the bat, it helped ease the the D-I inferiority complex. Of all D-I sports, football is the easiest to move up a level simply because you’re playing schools in your price range.
UND seemingly has done fine with its Title IX interest and abilities. I’m guessing the UND hockey team and women’s basketball teams are fully funded. Perhaps volleyball and softball have been underfunded and that’s where Ralston’s comments come to fruition.
At any rate, if I were UND, I would massage NDSU’s Division I ego as best I could since the Sioux will need the Bison down the line for conference affiliation. In the next few years, when it comes to anything that has to do with D-I, transition, reclassification, conference or whatever, the Sioux should probably follow NDSU’s path and admit it was the right one.