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Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby dbackjon » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:10 pm

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Dixie State University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2020, DSU and WAC officials announced today at a joint news conference. The invitation is contingent upon DSU completing the reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. The Trailblazers will begin WAC regular season competition during the 2020-21 school year.

"Several factors make Dixie State University a great fit for the WAC," Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. "Commitment to quality
academics and athletics programs, along with the long-term vision that President Williams has for the University's growth, are at the top of the list. I have no doubt that Dixie State will make a smooth transition to Division I and to the WAC."

The Trailblazers, which have won one Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship in just one season of membership, won 20 PacWest team championships in 11 seasons. They were also four-time PacWest Community Engagement award winners.

"Dixie State University is located in the fastest growing city in America and in a state that is supporting higher education at unprecedented levels," said Brian Mueller, President of Grand Canyon University and Chairman of the WAC's Board of Directors. "The university has a growing student body and is investing in excellence in their academic and athletic programs. They have some outstanding athletic facilities, including a Division I level basketball arena. Like Grand Canyon and California Baptist, Dixie State will be competitive immediately and will be a strong contributor to the continued growth of the Western Athletic Conference."
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby kalm » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:17 pm

Football only invite to the Big Sky or will there eventually be a split up of the conference? Perhaps NMSU moves down for now to FCS and Utah Valley (who is the largest school in the state and has great funding and facilities) adds football and they try and bring back WAC football with an eye on settling into a hybrid division of FCS and G5's when the split finally occurs?

Sidenote...the State of Utah is simply amazing for how many DI athletics programs they have.
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby Mvemjsunpx » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:23 pm

It sounds like they might drop football if they can't find a conference.


If football is not an option for the WAC, the school will likely add men’s swimming or men’s tennis, because they already have facilities for both programs. Apart from football, the Trailblazers currently host men’s programs in basketball, baseball, cross country, golf and soccer, and women’s sports programs in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.


https://www.ksl.com/article/46464699/sources-dixie-state-to-join-the-western-athletic-conference-play-football-as-fcs-independent

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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby Grizalltheway » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:42 pm

kalm wrote:Football only invite to the Big Sky or will there eventually be a split up of the conference? Perhaps NMSU moves down for now to FCS and Utah Valley (who is the largest school in the state and has great funding and facilities) adds football and they try and bring back WAC football with an eye on settling into a hybrid division of FCS and G5's when the split finally occurs?

Sidenote...the State of Utah is simply amazing for how many DI athletics programs they have.

Warshington is a real deadbeat by comparison. :coffee:

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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby 89Hen » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:23 pm

GilDobie wrote:Just further proof of teams filling the void left by AppSt and GSU and making FCS stronger and stronger.

Agreed.
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby Ivytalk » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:06 pm

Utah has a Dixie State? Do they have the Stars and Bars? Can you buy a drink there? :?
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby dbackjon » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:38 pm

Ivytalk wrote:Utah has a Dixie State? Do they have the Stars and Bars? Can you buy a drink there? :?



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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby polsongrizz » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:03 pm

Ivytalk wrote:Utah has a Dixie State? Do they have the Stars and Bars? Can you buy a drink there? :?

Barely, they even hide the hard alcohol in the back in that crappy ass town :ohno:
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Re: RE: Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby SeattleGriz » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:43 am

polsongrizz wrote:
Ivytalk wrote:Utah has a Dixie State? Do they have the Stars and Bars? Can you buy a drink there? :?

Barely, they even hide the hard alcohol in the back in that crappy ass town :ohno:
Love how you even know about the alcohol in other states! Lol

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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby Wildcat Ryan » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:18 am

Already have football games scheduled with Southern Utah in 2020, 2022 and 2024. Games with Weber State are currently in the works as well. Welcome to Div. 1 Dixie State University
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Re: RE: Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby polsongrizz » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:26 pm

SeattleGriz wrote:
polsongrizz wrote:Barely, they even hide the hard alcohol in the back in that crappy ass town :ohno:
Love how you even know about the alcohol in other states! Lol

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Pols: "It ****, they hide the good stuff!"

:lol: We actually crashed there for a night a couple of years ago. Seriously though, it took us forever to even find a dam bar with something decent to drink. The funny thing about it was I asked the kid bartending why the Woodford Reserve looked so odd colored. He then tells me that it wasn't really Bourbon it was food coloring in water and that it was illegal to put hard alcohol out in public there. :rofl: :shock: :ohno:
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby SDHornet » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:34 pm

Good add for the WAC. DSU should have no problem filling out a schedule with all the BSC programs that will be lining up to schedule them as a non-con game.

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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby Wildcat Ryan » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:17 pm

Weber State and Dixie State agree to three game series starting in 2020. Game one will be in Ogden, then Weber travels south to St. George in 2021 and game 3 is back in Ogden in 2022.

https://weberstatesports.com/news/2019/1/15/weber-state-announces-three-game-football-series-with-dixie-state.aspx
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby dbackjon » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:32 pm

So that is both Big Sky Utah schools with three game series against DSU
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Postby Wildcat Ryan » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:43 pm

dbackjon wrote:So that is both Big Sky Utah schools with three game series against DSU


And apparently Dixie State and NAU have agreed to a 6 game series

https://dixiestateathletics.com/news/2019/1/15/dixie-state-announces-future-football-series-with-suu-weber-state-and-nau.aspx

Dixie State and NAU will open a six-game series (all dates TBA) in Flagstaff in the 2023 season. The Lumberjacks will also host the Trailblazers in 2025 and 2027, while DSU and NAU will square off inside Trailblazer Stadium in 2024, 2026 and 2028. Dixie State played at NAU in its fourth game as an NCAA D-II member in 2006 (L, 14-66; 9/16/06).
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby dbackjon » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:29 am

Yup - I knew we would be playing them in the near future. Our schedules were set to 2022, so that was the first available date.
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby CAA Flagship » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:00 pm

kalm wrote:Sidenote...the State of Utah is simply amazing for how many DI athletics programs they have.

:sleep:
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby kalm » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:58 pm

CAA Flagship wrote:
kalm wrote:Sidenote...the State of Utah is simply amazing for how many DI athletics programs they have.

:sleep:
- Virginia


Almost thrice the population. :coffee:


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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby CAA Flagship » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm

kalm wrote:
CAA Flagship wrote: :sleep:
- Virginia


Almost thrice the population. :coffee:


:ohno:

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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby 89Hen » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:22 pm

kalm wrote:
CAA Flagship wrote: :sleep:
- Virginia


Almost thrice the population. :coffee:


:ohno:

It is interesting. Utah will have 7 D1 programs, one D2 and no D3.

Compare that to Virginia's 14 D1, three D2, and 20 D3.
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Re: Dixie State U joins WAC, becomes FCS Indy

Postby CAA Flagship » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:34 pm

89Hen wrote:
kalm wrote:
Almost thrice the population. :coffee:


:ohno:

It is interesting. Utah will have 7 D1 programs, one D2 and no D3.

Compare that to Virginia's 14 D1, three D2, and 20 D3.

And then there is NJ. :ohno: :ohno:


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