A New Leader

NDSU took over sole possession of first place in the Summit League Saturday after a 69-58 win over Fort Wayne in front of 4,557 fans at the BSA in what was a loud and raucous environment. It was a dunk show in the second half for the Bison, TrayVonn Wright

TrayVonn Wright had a couple of monster throwdowns vs IPFW Saturday.

(pictured here) had a thunderous one-hander near the end of the game that sealed it and reminded me of George Hill’s infamous one-hander in 2008 when he was here, which seems fitting since that may be the best dunk in the BSA’s history, this one will rank right up there, for the record Saul Phillips said Wright’s dunk is in the top five of TrayVonn’s dunks.On the flip side, free throws and three-point shooting continue to be an issue for NDSU; the Bison after not making a three Thursday against IUPUI, went 5 of 19 on Saturday, which isn’t great, but it’s a step in the right direction. Free throw shooting though was again not good just 12 of 20 and eventually that’s going to catch up to the Bison in a game and won’t be able to overcome. Wright said postgame it’s a mental deal and “just can’t let it become more of an issue than what it is.”

What is an issue for Bison opponents is Kory Brown. The sophomore is starting to blossom, he had a terrific two games at home, Thursday he goes for 10 points and five rebounds against IUPUI, he was even better Saturday against IPFW, a true stat-stuffer, 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals, he was terrific in all facets of the game and has become another threat to score, not just a defensive stopper. The Bison have five games remaining in the regular season, three at home, two on the road, NDSU plays at Western Illinois and Omaha next weekend, a tough road trip, NDSU hasn’t won in Macomb since December of 2009, and Omaha is a totally different team at home than they are on the road. The Bison have first for now, we’ll see how long they hang on to it.

Halfway Home

We have reached the halfway point of the Summit League season and NDSU finds itself in second place, a game behind first place IPFW, the Mastodons have had a terrific season, including a win over NDSU in early January. For years; at least to us that cover NDSU and the Summit League, IPFW was the “other school” regarded well after IUPUI, who had an NBA player in George Hill and Oakland, who had one of the NCAA’s leading scorers in Reggie Hamilton. Even Western Illinois passed the Mastodons over the past two years when Jim Molinari came in as the Leathernecks lost to SDSU in the 2012 Summit title game. But here is Fort Wayne, already with 18 wins and in prime position to make the postseason for the first time in its Division 1 history. A closer look at the school’s season can be found here, but let’s circle next Saturday as a huge game at the BSA when Fort Wayne comes to town.

NDSU fell on the road Saturday at Denver, 67-63, Bison now 5-2 in Summit League play.

NDSU fell on the road at Summit newcomer Denver this afternoon, 67-63, Lawrence Alexander led the Bison with 20 points, but the Bison had a hard time stopping the Pioneers backdoor cuts and tricky offense. Brett Olson and Chris Udofia are two of the best players in the conference and each were in double figures as the Bison lost their 2nd conference game of the season. NDSU finishes its brutal three game road swing 2-1 with wins at SDSU and USD, and now can look at the second half of the schedule and know they have five of their last seven games at home. We have stressed how important grabbing the number one seed is this year for the Summit League tournament and this game on Saturday may be the game that determines it.

Former NDSU All-American tackle Paul Cornick is on the Denver Broncos practice squad and is in New York for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tomorrow will mark the end of the NFL season and it should be mentioned that each of the Division schools in the state will be represented. Chris Kuper has been plagued with injuries and hasn’t played much on the Broncos offensive line from UND and former NDSU All-American Paul Cornick, who has been on the Broncos practice squad all year, has made the trip to New York and will watch the game tomorrow. Cornick is the latest in the Bison alumni to make the final game, former All-American linebacker Jerry Rosburg was on John Harbaugh’s Baltimore staff that won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens, three years earlier, former linebacker Ramon Humber was on the field with Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, he was lined up on the onside kick that started the second half for the Saints to beat Peyton Manning and Indianapolis. Two years earlier; former all-conference safety Craig Dahl watched from the press box as his NY Giants stunned the world; knocking off the 18-0 Patriots; Dahl ironically; had torn his ACL against New England in the regular season finale. Remarkable to see that many with ties to NDSU make the ultimate game.

A Look Back

Tonight was the kind of game in past years that the Bison men’s basketball team wouldn’t have rallied to win, but with a team that has nearly five guys that will score 1,000 points in their careers you get the kind of comeback that NDSU put together.

The NDSU men’s basketball team staged a late rally for a 66-63 win Thursday at South Dakota.

The Bison scored just 22 second half points, but ten of them came in the final 3:30 of the game as NDSU beat South Dakota 66-63 to improve to 5-1 in the Summit League. TrayVonn Wright picked up the slack for an ailing Taylor Braun, Wright scored 20 points, but Braun was huge when he needed to be, scoring a huge three point play that gave NDSU the lead at 64-63. Wright then sank two free throws after USD missed two foul shots. NDSU head coach Saul Phillips referenced a game in 2009 when the Bison fought off a plucky UMKC team in Kansas City in January of that year, that was a 65-60 OT win for NDSU that night, here’s the recap of that game. NDSU now has won the first two of its big three game road swing with a trip to Denver coming on Saturday, the Pioneers lost a heartbreaker to the Jacks tonight 74-73 and has muddled up the standings in the Summit:

  • NDSU        5-1 ( at Denver Saturday)
  • IPFW         5-1  ( vs WIU  Saturday)
  • SDSU        3-3  ( at USD  Saturday)
  • USD          3-3  ( vs SDSU Saturday)
  • WIU           3-3 ( at IPFW Saturday)
  • Denver      3-3  ( Host Denver Saturday)
  • Omaha      2-4  ( at IUPUI Saturday)
  • IUPUI         0-6 ( Host Omaha Saturday)

Everything is pointing to next Saturday’s NDSU-IPFW game as a must-see, with the potential of the top seed in the conference at stake as we near the halfway point of the Summit season.

Also wanted to touch on this tonight as we close in on Signing Day, as most know there is no exact science with recruiting, some players that jump off the page may not pan out, while others that go way under the radar end up being your go to guys. The 2011 recruiting class was the first litmus test for the Bison coaching staff as they went on a deep playoff run, the season ran into the middle of December that previous year and it had an effect on recruiting. NDSU brought in 28 players that year either scholarship or walk-ons; only ten (eleven) are still on the team. The ones that left were highly touted, Ryan Stanford and Matt Jones from Arizona, DeShawn Dinwiddie and Derek Lee from Kansas, Josh Lisenby from Chicago, Joey Sonnenfeld and Frank Veldman from Minnesota and Andrew Okland from Fargo South. There were a variety of reasons for why these guys left, but that’s a high number of attrition for one recruiting class.

Ben LeCompte is one of just ten players remaining in the 2011 recruiting class for NDSU.

On the flip side the players that have stayed are all contributors; some in big roles, others in short stints and others that we have yet to see.

  • Luke Albers – 3 receptions for 43 yds in 2013, primarily a blocker
  • Andrew Bonnet – becoming a standout on offense, blocking and receiving
  • Jordan Champion – started 2 games at corner, leader to start in ’14
  • Josh Colville – 2 year starter on offensive line at 2 different spots
  • Ben LeCompte – 2 year starter at punter, All-Conference in ’13
  • CJ Smith – Blossomed as starter in ’13, led pass breakups
  • Dylan Dunn – Primarily a backup
  • Brian Schaetz – From walk-on to defensive stopper/starter in ’14
  • Joe Haeg – 2 year starter at right tackle, could move to LT
  • Nate Moody – 3 year contributor at wide receiver
  • Carson Wentz – Biggest unknown, has shone in brief moments
Many will say how great the class is on Wednesday, but it bears repeating we’ll have no idea for at least two years, maybe three, the biggest key in my mind is numbers, this class will be seniors in 2015, meaning some guys signing on Wednesday may be hitting the field and soon.

Sunday Updates

Saul Phillips and his Bison basketball team scored an impressive road win yesterday at South Dakota State, 85-77, Taylor Braun was terrific, living up to his Summit League preseason player of the year accolades, scoring 30 points.

Taylor Braun scored 30 points yesterday in leading NDSU to an 85-77 win at SDSU.

Braun as many will remember did not play in this game last year after the injury to his foot, and he played like a redshirt senior; answering SDSU baskets with points of his own; reminiscent of Ben Woodside in his final game in Brookings in 2009. Marshall Bjorklund was solid as well chipping in 19, the Bison shot 56 percent from the field, which is fantastic on the road. NDSU won in Brookings for the first time since December of 2010 and has started off its three game road gauntlet with a nice win, with trips still coming to Vermillion and Denver on Thursday and Saturday. Here’s Jeff’s recap from yesterday’s game and Kevin Schnepf on the correlation of this team and the 2009 NCAA Tourney team.

I’m sure many were watching the Senior Bowl yesterday to see Billy Turner play and he did get quite a few reps, most at right tackle, as I tweeted last night, most scouts and GM’s don’t even stay for the game, the real work is put in during the week in practice and for everything we’ve posted and seen from scouts, Turner seems to have helped himself with his week of practice, but as many point out there is still some work to do. The next step for Turner is the NFL Combine that starts February 19th in Indianapolis.

Plenty of tweets last night after the news that Grand View, Missouri cornerback Ryon’e Winters tweeted that he had verbally committed to the University of Wyoming. Winters as many know had verballed to NDSU two weeks ago on his visit here, but told Jeff that he still intended to keep his visit to Laramie. This is quote from Winters in Jeff’s story on the 13th: “When other schools started calling, none of them topped NDSU. Coach Bohl went to Wyoming and he called me to let me know Wyoming is FBS. That’s I-A football and that’s a little bigger, so that’s a plus.” For those saying isn’t this is a violation of Bohl’s contract with NDSU, technically no, the Winters visit to Laramie was setup before he verballed to NDSU, only verbal commitments were off the table for Bohl and his staff. This is a unique situation for everyone involved, but remember a verbal commitment is just that. There’s nothing binding to it and while many players that originally verbal end up signing, this is the definition of a “soft verbal” and many players go this exact route, and while this may be new to us that cover FCS up close, remember this happens at least twenty times more on the FBS level.

One last note, interesting tidbit from Charley Waters in the St. Paul Pioneer Press yesterday, who wrote a source told him that former Gophers quarterback Phillip Nelson is visiting Rutgers today, and says NDSU, Southern Illinois and Texas Tech are other possible destinations for the Mankato native. Hard to imagine NDSU on that list, especially since Nelson cited a reason for leaving the Gophers was to show off his arm in the passing game and we know that’s not the offense the Bison run. On the flip side, Nelson would not have to sit out if he goes to an FCS school, only for FBS teams.

Sunday live chat returns at 10pm tonight if we’re swept away by today’s blizzard!

Impressive Start

The Bison men’s basketball team knows if they want to win the Summit League championship they need to run the table at home and if they play like they did tonight against Omaha, it’s going to be hard for anyone to come to Fargo and beat this team. NDSU got six players into double figures, led by Taylor Braun with his now standard 20 points, Lawrence Alexander jump-started everything with a thunderous dunk not even a minute into the game and the Bison were off and running.

TrayVonn Wright scored 10 points in leading NDSU to a 91-69 win over Omaha. (Forum photo)

The one item that was most impressive about tonight’s game was the bench production, Mike Felt got hot in the 2nd half and ended up with 13 points, but I thought the real key was Jordan Aaberg’s minutes in the first half, he ended with 8 points and now finally healthy, can give NDSU some much needed size off the bench when Marshall Bjorklund is sitting. The biggest stat though was 11; 11 blocks by NDSU, one shy of tying the school record for a single game set eight years ago. You add in another terrific shooting night for the top team in the NCAA in field goal percentage (54% tonight) and NDSU has won two straight conference games and sits in a tie for third place.

The Summit League standings are certainly going to make you shake your head; with teams we didn’t expect to be on top or at the bottom:

  • IPFW                3-0
  • South Dakota   2-0
  • NDSU               2-1
  • SDSU               2-1
  • Western Illinois 1-1
  • Denver              0-2
  • Omaha              0-2
  • IUPUI                 0-3

Seeing IPFW and South Dakota at the top is way more of a surprise to me than seeing Denver at the bottom, but mind you, we’re just 3 games into this and lots to happen yet, but this game Saturday for NDSU is a biggie, chance to get to 3-1, knowing Fort Wayne plays at Vermillion on Saturday as well. Welcome to the Summit roller coaster.

Let’s Rank ‘Em

It all started with a tweet after the game of where this win ranked for the NDSU men’s basketball team after knocking off Notre Dame 73-69. By far this is the biggest win for this class of seniors for Saul Phillips, which has come close so many times in recent years, losing at the buzzer to Arizona State, the struggles at Williams Arena, Kansas State, USC, Wichita State, Oregon in OT and Akron. Here’s my unofficial list, biggest wins in Bison hoops in the Division 1 era.


 

1. 2009 Summit League Championship – March 10, 2009: NDSU 66, Oakland 64 – It’s known as “The Game” by Bison fans, a moment that people ask where you were for it For the record, I was snowed in at WDAY, editing highlights and then surprise-anchoring when our live truck went down, but that’s another story. Ben Woodside’s last second shot to beat the Grizzlies was as memorable as it gets, the storming of the court, and the spotlight that came to Fargo wasn’t seen again until College Gameday came here in September. That win sent NDSU to the NCAA Tournament where they nearly knocked off 3rd seeded Kansas.

2. January 21, 2006: NDSU 62, Wisconsin 55 – The “Miracle In Madison”, where NDSU and Tim Miles became known nationwide after the sophomore “Fab Four” went into the Kohl Center, a place where the Badgers had won 68 of their last 71 and beat Wisconsin. Again Woodside was terrific, scoring 24 points, the Bison outrebounded Wisconsin 46-39 and found themselves on ESPN for maybe the first time as a D1 team, the only reason I write that, I was in New York still at that time, and I clearly remember the Bison highlights being featured after the win at Wisconsin.

3. December 2, 2006: NDSU 64, (8) Marquette 60 – Some will quibble between 2 and 3 on this list, but everyone tends to overlook the win at Marquette. The Bison knocked off Tom Crean’s team thanks to Andre Smith, who tweeted tonight that “Marshall Bjorklund may be the best big man in NDSU history.” Smith himself was really really good, scoring 26 points and grabbing 6 boards, he was named to the All-Tournament team, Mr. Wisconsin himself Mike Nelson was the tourney MVP and gave Tim Miles a 2nd signature win and a ticket to Fort Collins.

4. December 11, 2013: NDSU 73, Notre Dame 69 – This win will go down as the best for the group of seniors that Saul Phillips has solely recruited, that is unless NDSU makes the NCAA Tournament this season. Phillips teams have come so close even this season, think of St. Mary’s and Southern Mississippi at the BSA last month. Marshall Bjorklund was terrific, 11 of 14 from the field for 26 points, he’s given the Bison a big presence that the 2009 team lacked. Lawrence Alexander played “Woodside-esque” with 16 points and 14 rebounds and TrayVonn Wright showed the country what kind of athleticism you can get to Fargo, all done in front of a national TV audience, unlike numbers 2 and 3.

5. February 28, 2009: NDSU 75, Oral Roberts 72 – This may get overlooked because of the Oakland game, but believe me Saul Phillips will remember it. NDSU went to Tulsa needing a win to clinch the top seed for the Summit League Tournament and knocked off the Golden Eagles, a team that had won 35 straight conference games at home. Woodside was sensational, 29 points, his main-man, Brett Winkelman went for 21 points and gave NDSU its first outright conference title since 1981.

You can go ahead and debate my selections, but that’s my thoughts on the top five NDSU men’s basketball wins in the D-1 era.

 

Flying Back

Never say never in college realignment. If there’s one constant that I have learned since I started covering NDSU in 2006 is that expect the unexpected when it comes to schools and conferences and that’s what we got on Thursday when the Summit League announced that Oral Roberts was re-joining the conference in July, not even two years after they left the league. Instantly this move stabilizes a league that in my mind had been on life support and now opens the door for a real interesting opportunity. More on that in a second.

NDSU and Oral Roberts will resume their rivalry in 2014.

  • Why did ORU come back? Easy answer is that the new home for the Golden Eagles, the Southland Conference is trying to become the premier league in FCS Football, the commissioner of the league, Tom Burnett told me so last January in Frisco and again before this season started on my radio show in August. Just this year they added four schools; Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, New Orleans and Houston Baptist, three of these schools will play FCS Football in 2014, only UNO will not and they are contemplating returning football, HBU is starting a program from scratch just to join the league. In 2014, the Southland will have 11 football playing members, making it the 2nd biggest conference in FCS behind the Big Sky’s 13. Those facts made it pretty straightforward to ORU that the Southland is a football league and no matter what the geographic footprint of the Southland; it wasn’t going to fit ORU’s profile since they don’t have football.
  • How does this help the Summit? This is pretty easy, besides giving the league a 9th full-time member, it also provides instant credibility and the for the schools it’s a familiarity theme that already exists. Outside of Denver and Omaha, the remaining 6 schools all know about what ORU brings and the credibility the Eagles have. Three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2006-2008, and great matchups with the new kids on the block, NDSU and SDSU. The Jacks had the big upset of ORU at the Summit Tournament in 2009, then Western Illinois knocked them off in 2012. Also think of it from a purely men’s basketball sense and now you’ve got 4 schools with pretty good RPIs (NDSU, SDSU, Denver and ORU) and for fans screaming and hoping that the Summit League receiver higher than a 14 seed at the NCAA Tournament this will certainly help.
  • Any downside? On the outside I’m sure the coaching staffs at NDSU and SDSU specifically are happy that ORU is back but deep down they have to be a little disappointed. The path to the NCAA Tournament in men’s basketball and baseball for a long time went thru ORU, then when Oakland left it got a lot easier for the Bison and Jacks. SDSU was the first team not named Oral Roberts that went to the NCAA baseball tournament in 16 years last spring. Those opportunities suddenly got a lot tougher in 2014-15.
  • Is the Summit done adding schools? The league will now stand at 9 teams come this July (NDSU, SDSU, USD, IPFW, IUPUI, Western Illinois, Denver, Omaha and Oral Roberts) and just for a travel sense you’d like to have an even number to make it easier for scheduling. So who would the league look at? This will drive some that ready the blog  crazy, but it seems logical that the Summit talks to UND. I have no evidence that UND is looking to leave the Big Sky, but geographically it’s starting to make more and more sense to me. Denver, Tulsa, Vermillion, Brookings, Fargo and Omaha all in the center of the country and while the trips to Macomb, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne aren’t easy, it’s certainly more do-able than Portland, Flagstaff, Sacramento and Pocatello from Grand Forks. Obviously the biggest stumbling block is a home for football, and I don’t have a solution to that problem yet, because I don’t believe the Missouri Valley is ready to go to 11 teams, but I believe it’s an option that may be explored and soon.

All in all it’s a good move for the Summit League and convinces me this is NDSU’s home for a while longer.

It’s Opening Night

It seems like a perfect time for the Bison basketball teams to begin their seasons and that’s what we have tonight as the NDSU men and women each play an exhibition tonight (shamless plug: I’ll be live with Saul Phillips at 6:20 tonight on Channel 6); but was thinking when will Bison fans start paying attention to hoops? Last season it was definitely after the football team wrapped up, but I’m here to tell you if you do that this year, you’ll be neglecting one of the best stories going in college basketball.

Taylor Braun and the Bison men’s basketball team begin their journey to Sioux Falls tonight. (Mike Vosburg – Forum File Photo)

First; this men’s basketball team is the most talented group NDSU has had since the magical season of 2008-09, a squad that won the Summit League and made the NCAA Tournament. Remember that this team has made two straight postseason appearances, personally I thought they should have made the NIT last season, but that’s a debate for another day. The core group returns for a third straight season, Taylor Braun, Marshall Bjorklund and Trayvonn Wright have been thru the wars together, they have logged plenty of miles similar to Brock Jensen, Grant Olson and Marcus Williams. They have had some big wins, but are lacking that signature victory. That will come this season, I’m not saying at Ohio State or Notre Dame, but it could be for the Summit League regular season title (which guarantees an NIT bid) or in Sioux Falls.

Second; the league is completely different than what it was in 2009. Oakland and Oral Roberts were the clear challengers to NDSU that season and had been the Summit League powers for years. Fast forward to this year and those teams are long gone, Denver joins the conference with high credentials, the Pioneers come into the league off a NIT appearance and Chris Udofia may be the best player in the league. SDSU won’t drop off that much and Cody Larson’s arrival will certainly help the Jacks, it’s NDSU, Denver and SDSU for the right to go to the Dance.

Third; the non-conference schedule is the best in years, especially at home. I’ve heard fans complain about no good non-conference games at the BSA, but that’s not the case this season. Southern Miss comes to Fargo on November 18th, the Golden Eagles made the NIT quarters last year, Phillips said that “will be the most talented team that has ever come to the BSA.” Add on two more talented teams from the CAA, Towson and Delaware, the Tigers are ranked 24th in the first mid-major poll and have completely turned around their team from a one win squad a couple years ago. Also the game this year between NDSU and UND should be terrific; UND is picked 2nd in the Big Sky and the Bison lost the last time they played in Grand Forks, that game is on November 24th, FCS Selection Sunday, it figures to be a busy day on the blog.

Fourth and final, plenty of fans have told me over the past couple of years that they didn’t appreciate the Woodside/Winkelman crew enough that senior year. I remember seeing the BSA packed on a Saturday night for IPFW that year and thinking this is a different vibe. I don’t know what to expect from the crowd this season, but this may be another special group, Wright’s dunks have become must-see in person, and Taylor Braun is a player that should be playing in a better league than the Summit. IUPUI, Omaha and USD may not get the blood going, but this type of group won’t come along again, and I realize the arena is a major detractor, but this team has the potential to be special.

That’s just what I think, plenty of sites have written about NDSU; here’s some links:

Here’s what College Basketball Talk says on Bison

ESPN’s projection as well (You need to be an ESPN Insider)

Taylor Braun listed as Top 30 under the radar players

 

Oakland Is Off

Well folks the inevitable appears to be here; according to the Detroit Free Press; Oakland will make it official after a Board Of Trustees vote that they are indeed leaving the Summit League for the Horizon League for NEXT season according to two sources. This now brings the Summit roster down to 8 teams and with a window between now and June 30th when schools are to have their conference membership declared; it’s a tight deadline for Tom Douple and friends to have an invite extended. Of course; this news should surprise NO one; the first rumors of Oakland and the Horizon started about this time last year with OU coach Greg Kampe openly campaigning to get his team into the league; but rival Detroit always stood in the way of the Grizzlies. But the loss of Loyola (IL) to the Missouri Valley was enough to overwhelm Detroit’s concerns and the Grizzlies are in. This is a big time setback for the Summit; considering OU owns the last NCAA Tournament win for the conference back in 2005 and now leaves the conference with exactly ZERO NCAA wins. Just take a look at the roster of schools wnen NDSU, SDSU and IPFW joined the Summit in 2007 to what it looks like now:

2007-08 Summit League                                          2013-14 Summit League                                                             

  • NDSU                                                                NDSU
  • SDSU                                                                SDSU
  • IPFW                                                                  IPFW
  • Oakland                                                            Nebraska-Omaha
  • Western Illinois                                               Western Illinois
  • UMKC                                                               South Dakota
  • Centenary                                                        Denver
  • IUPUI                                                                IUPUI
  • Oral Roberts
  • Southern Utah

No one will argue the losses of Centenary and Southern Utah as being detrimental to the league; but Kansas City’s departure shocked everyone in the league; and took away a midwest foothold that was relatively easy to travel to. Now you take away arguably the two best attendance draws in the league in Oral Roberts and Oakland and what do you have left? You have the Dakota schools that have emerged as perennial league contenders; Western Illinois has made great strides in the last two years and a Denver team that is coming off an NIT apearance; but has lots of unknowns. It also brings in the real possibility of just 14 conference games and for NDSU that means 2 home games that are gone and will be nearly impossible to replace; we’ve detailed how hard it is for the football team to get a game but Saul Phillips and Dave Richman have re-iterated to me how difficult it is to get quality games in Fargo. Fresno State was a two-for-one deal as was Kansas State. Akron will return as part of the BracketBusters; but NDSU could very well find itself on the road for the lost Summit Games.

Who’s next? That’s the big riddle as to who Tom Douple has his eyes on. He told Jeff and I on the old Saturday Sports Show (remember those great days) then they were looking at several schools and mentioned St. Cloud State by name. We thought it seemed crazy at the time; but the top end Northern Sun schools may not be all that crazy. The Nebraska-Omaha model may be one to follow for someone like SCSU or MSU Mankato; each schools have D-1 hockey and may need to drop football to make a full Division 1 transition. SCSU already had its football on life support; now granted to have two teams at the same time in the D-1 transition is not optimal (UNO won’t be fully eligible until 2015) but if its about saving the automatic qualifier status; all options must be looked at. Much more on the new video blog with Jeff and I at 1 tomorrow; if you have comments/questions, live tweet them to @DomIzzoWDAY and @FGOSportswriter and we’ll try to answer them on the video blog. Till then!