Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 159,498; as of 2017, the Census Bureau estimated its population at 167,376. It is the principal city of the Springfield metropolitan area, which has a population of 462,369 and includes the counties of Christian, Greene, Webster. Springfield's nickname is "Queen City of the Ozarks" and it is known as the "Birthplace of Route 66", it is home to three universities, Missouri State University, Drury University, Evangel University. The origin of the city's name is unclear, but the most common view is that it was named for Springfield, Massachusetts by migrants from that area. One account holds that James Wilson, who lived in the unnamed city, offered free whiskey to anyone who would vote for the name Springfield, after his hometown in Massachusetts; the editor of the Springfield Express, J. G. Newbill, said in the November 11, 1881 issue:"It has been stated that this city got its name from the fact of a spring and field being near by just west of town.
But such is not a correct version. When the authorized persons met and adopted the title of the "Future Great" of the Southwest, several of the earliest settlers had handed in their favorite names, among whom was Kindred Rose, who presented the winning name, "Springfield," in honor of his former home town, Tennessee." In 1883, historian R. I. Holcombe wrote: "The town took its name from the circumstance of there being a spring under the hill, on the creek, while on top of the hill, where the principal portion of the town lay, there was a field." The presence of the Native Americans in the area slowed the European-American settlement of the land. Long before the 1830s, the native Kickapoo and Osage, the Lenape from the mid-Atlantic coast had settled in this general area; the Osage had been the dominant tribe for more than a century in the larger region. On the southeastern side of the city in 1812, about 500 Kickapoo Native Americans built a small village of about 100 wigwams, they abandoned the site in 1828.
Ten miles south of the site of Springfield, the Lenape had built a substantial dwelling of houses that borrowed elements of Anglo colonial style from the mid-Atlantic, where their people had migrated from. The first European-American settlers to the area were John Polk Campbell and his brother, who moved to the area in 1829 from Tennessee. Campbell chose the area because of the presence of a natural well, he staked his claim by carving his initials in a tree. Cambell was joined by settlers Thomas Finney, Samuel Weaver, Joseph Miller, they proceeded to clear the land of trees to develop it for farms. A small general store was soon opened. In 1833, the southern part of the state was named Greene County after Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene; the legislature deeded 50 acres of land to John Campbell for the creation of a county seat in 1835. Campbell laid out city lots; the town was incorporated in 1838. In 1878, the town got its nickname the "Queen City of the Ozarks."The United States government enforced Indian Removal during the 1830s, forcing land cessions in the Southeast and other areas, relocating tribes to Indian Territory, which developed as Oklahoma.
During the 1838 relocation of Cherokee natives, the Trail of Tears passed through Springfield to the west, along the Old Wire Road. By 1861, Springfield's population had grown to 2,000, it had become an important commercial hub. At the start of the American Civil War, Springfield was divided in its loyalty, as it had been settled by people from both the North and South, as well as by German immigrants in the mid-19th century who tended to support the Union; the Union and Confederate armies both recognized the city's strategic importance and sought to control it. They fought the Battle of Wilson's Creek on a few miles southwest of town; the battle was a Confederate victory, Nathaniel Lyon became the first Union General killed in Civil War. Union troops retreated to Lebanon to regroup; when they returned, they found. On October 25, 1861, Union Major Charles Zagonyi led an attack against the remaining Confederates in the area, in a battle known as the First Battle of Springfield, or Zagonyi's Charge.
Zagonyi's men returned to camp. It was the only Union victory in southwestern Missouri in 1861; the increased military activity in the area set the stage for the Battle of Pea Ridge in northern Arkansas in March 1862. On January 8, 1863, Confederate forces under General John S. Marmaduke advanced to take control of Springfield and an urban fight ensued, but that evening, the Confederates withdrew. This became known as the Second Battle of Springfield. Marmaduke sent a message to the Union forces asking that the Confederate casualties have a proper burial; the city remained under Union control for the remainder of the war. The US army used Springfield as a supply base and central point of operation for military activities in the area. Promptly after the Civil War ended on July 21, 1865 Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in a shootout over a disagreement about a debt Tutt claimed Hickok owed him. During a poker game at the former Lyon House Hotel, in response to the disagreement over the amount, Tutt had taken Hickok's watch, which Hickok demanded he return immediately.
Hickok warned that Tutt had better not be seen wearing that watch spotted him wearing it in Park Central Square, prompting the gunfight. On January 25, 1866, Hickok was still in Springfield when he witnessed a Springfield police officer, John Orr and kill James Coleman after Coleman interfered with t
JQH Arena is a basketball and special events arena in Springfield, Missouri. Constructed at a cost of $67 million, the arena opened in 2008, it is located on the campus of Missouri State University and is the home of the Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears basketball teams. JQH Arena has a maximum seating capacity of 11,000. Included in the seating capacity are 9,637 chairback seats, 122 seats for permanently disabled guests, 114 loge seats and 22 private suites. Fifty-five courtside seats are arranged for basketball games and 1,363 bleacher back seats in the end zones are reserved for students. There are 166 public restroom stations, six concession stands with 42 points-of-sale plus twelve additional portable locations, 2 elevators. Located just off the main lobby area is a team store selling Missouri State University apparel and souvenirs. Maximum seating for concerts with an end stage is 10,542; the arena bears the initials of John Q. Hammons, a Springfield-based hotel developer and Missouri State alumnus who donated $30 million for the arena's construction.
JQH Arena replaced the Hammons Student Center in terms of function and is connected with the Hammons Student Center via an underground corridor. The band Eagles played the inaugural concert at JQH on November 13, 2008, in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,550. In the fall of 2009, the PBR made their first Built Ford Tough Series appearance at the JQH Arena, appeared again in the spring of 2010; the Eagles - November 13, 2008 Casting Crowns - December 2, 2008 MercyMe - April 11, 2009 and February 20, 2011 Larry the Cable Guy - May 2, 2009 Jeff Dunham - March 13, 2010 Carrie Underwood - June 15, 2010 and October 28, 2012 Alan Jackson - September 23, 2010 Jason Aldean - October 29, 2010 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - November 5, 2010 Rascal Flatts and Chris Young - March 5, 2011 Francesca Battistelli - April 2, 2011 Elton John - April 16, 2011 Celtic Woman - April 30, 2011 Michael Bublé - June 21, 2011 Miranda Lambert - October 21, 2011 Third Day - November 10, 2011 Trans-Siberian Orchestra November 12, 2011 Lady Antebellum and Josh Kelley - December 10, 2011 MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North - February 16, 2012 Scott McCready and Brad Paisley - February 25, 2012 Sanctus Real - March 26, 2012 Wiz Khalifa - April 12, 2012 Matthew West and Casting Crowns - April 24, 2012 Eric Church - May 3, 2012 James Taylor - July 17, 2012 and June 27, 2016 Rascal Flatts - January 12, 2013 Kid Rock - February 5, 2013 Zac Brown Band - February 16, 2013 Miranda Lambert - April 12, 2013 3OH!3 and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - April 18, 2013 Bob Dylan - April 24, 2013 Keith Urban - October 20, 2013 Lady Antebellum - December 3, 2013 The Roadshow with Vertical Church Band - February 6, 2014 Journey and Asia July 3, 2017 List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Official website
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was the idea of Ohio State coach Harold Olsen. Played during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States; the tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences, 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the "First Four" play-in games held in Dayton and dubbed Selection Sunday; the 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination "bracket", which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next.
Each team is "seeded", or ranked, within its region from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites across the United States. Teams, seeded by rank, proceed through a single-game elimination bracket beginning with a "first four" consisting of 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games for a position in the first round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round begins, a first round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games over the course of a week, the "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight" rounds the next week and weekend and – for the last weekend of the tournament – the "Final Four" round; the Final Four is played during the first weekend of April. These four teams, one from each region, compete in a preselected location for the national championship; the tournament has been at least televised since 1969. The games are broadcast by CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV under the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for viewing nationwide and internationally.
As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament's popularity. Millions of Americans fill out a bracket, attempting to predict the outcome of 63 games of the tournament. With 11 national titles, UCLA has the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships; the University of Kentucky is second, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third, with six national titles, Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five national titles; the University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; the NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most being an increase of the number of teams. This section describes the tournament as it has operated since 2011. A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences, all 32 hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification. The Ivy League was the last Division I conference. If two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff was used to decide the tournament participant. Since 2017, the league conducts their own postseason tournament; the remaining 36 tournament slots are granted to at-large bids, which are determined by the Selection Committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans, by a group of conference commissioners and school athletic directors who are appointed into service by the NCAA. The committee determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket; the tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee.
The committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from. The names of the regions vary from year to year, are broadly geographic. From 1957 to 1984, the "Mideast" corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United States, designation was used. From 1985 to 1997, the Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from 1998; the selected names correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals. From 2004 to 2006, the regions were named after their host cities, e.g. the Phoenix Regional in 2004, the Chicago Regional in 2005, the Minneapolis Regional in 2006, but reverted to the traditional geographic designations beginning in 2007. For example, during 2012, the regions were named South, Midwest (St. Louis, Mis
2010 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
The 2010 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was a postseason single-elimination tournament of 16 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I teams. Fifteen of the selected teams were from a pool that are not invited to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 2010 National Invitation Tournament; the 16th team was South Dakota, the champion of the 2010 Great West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The tournament began with first-round games March 16–18, 2010. Quarterfinal action continued on campus sites on March 22, the tournament concluded with the championship game on March 30; the Appalachian State Pacific game was scheduled for Thursday, March 25, due to Pacific being snowed in at the airport after the Northern Colorado game. The following teams received an invitation to the 2010 CIT: Bracket is for visual purposes only; the CIT does not have a set bracket. * Denotes overtime periodHome teams listed second
Stephen Todd Alford is an American men's college basketball coach and former professional player, the head coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference. Born and raised in Indiana, he was a two-time consensus first-team All-American as a college basketball player for the Indiana Hoosiers, he led them to a national championship in 1987. After playing professionally for four years in the National Basketball Association, he has been a college head coach for 30 years. Alford was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in high school before playing at Indiana University under coach Bobby Knight, he helped the Hoosiers claim their fifth national championship, finished his career as Indiana's all-time leading scorer. Alford was selected in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, played four years in the league with Dallas and the Golden State Warriors. Alford became a college head coach, he has coached at Manchester University, Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico.
He spent 5 1⁄2 seasons with the UCLA Bruins before being fired midseason in 2018–19. Alford was born in Franklin and grew up in New Castle, he learned to count as a three-year-old by watching the numbers tick off the scoreboard in Monroe City, where his father, Sam Alford, coached the high school team. Sam moved for various coaching jobs. Steve missed only two of his father's games, once when he had chicken pox and once when he made the regionals of the Elks Club free-throw shooting contest; when Alford was nine years old, he attended. The Alfords settled in New Castle, where Steve played on the New Castle Chrysler High School basketball team with his dad as coach. Alford was known to practice shooting so much that he would wear out six or seven nets a summer and forego social activities; as a high school freshman Alford averaged a point a game, but averaged 18.7 the next season. By his senior year in 1983, before the three-point line was implemented, Alford averaged 37.7 points per game and earned the Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award.
His team lost to Connersville in the 1983 state tournament. Shortly after Alford won a gold medal as a member of Bob Knight's U. S. Olympic team, he gave the medal to his dad in a tearful ceremony at the high school in tribute to the loss. Alford decided to play basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team. At Indiana, he became the university's all-time leading scorer with 2,438 points. Alford was the first player to be named the team's MVP four times. During his final three seasons, Alford earned first team all-Big Ten honors. In the Legends of College Basketball by The Sporting News Alford was #35 on the list of the 100 greatest Division-I college basketball players; when The Sporting News named its top ten NCAA basketball players of the 1980s in December 1989, Alford was listed at number ten. As a freshman, Alford earned the favor of Coach Knight. Dan Dakich, Alford's former teammate and an interim Indiana coach, said "Steve was mature as a freshman, he was getting thrown out of practice then.
If Coach respects you and knows you can handle it, he'll do that. When I was a freshman, only Randy Wittman and Ted Kitchel, the seniors, were thrown out." That year Alford helped lead Indiana to an upset of the Michael Jordan-led North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1984 NCAA tournament. For the 1984 Summer Olympics Alford, just 19 years old and a sophomore, was selected to play on the U. S. basketball team, coached by Bob Knight. Alford averaged 10.3 points per game, was second in assists, shot.644 from the field. He and his teammates went on to win the gold medal at the 1984 games. In this game Alford played alongside Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin and Wayman Tisdale. Alford has recounted that during the Olympic training camp, Jordan bet him $100 that he would not last four years on Knight's Indiana team; as a sophomore Alford was named to the 1985 NIT Tournament All-Tournament team after the Hoosiers finished second behind UCLA. As a junior, he and the 1985-86 Hoosiers were profiled in a best-selling book A Season on the Brink.
Author John Feinstein was granted unprecedented access to the Indiana basketball program and insights into Knight's coaching style. The book recounts how Knight once criticized Alford's work habits and leadership ability, telling him he couldn't "lead a whore into bed." Knight admitted Alford was in fact an incredible worker and leader and the comments were just Knight's method of motivating players. The Hoosiers went 21-8 that year and finished second in the Big Ten, with Alford earning All-America and Big Ten Player of the Year honors. In his senior year, the Alford-led 1986-87 Hoosiers won Indiana's fifth national championship, when the team defeated Syracuse in title game of the tournament; the game was decided by a game-winning jump shot by Keith Smart with five seconds remaining. Alford shot 7–10 from the three-point line, scored 23 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first half that put the Hoosiers ahead by one point to start the second half. Alford was drafted 26th in the 1987 NBA draft.
Many fans in Indiana expected Alford to be drafted by the Indiana Pacers, but the Pacers selected Reggie Miller and Alford fell to the Dallas Mavericks. The choice angered Indiana fans but they and Alford embraced the decision. Years Alford said "not only was it a much better draft choice than drafting me... Reggie turned out not to be a gre
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in North America. For the 2018–2019 season, it has 251 member institutions, of which two are in British Columbia, one in the U. S. Virgin Islands, the rest in the conterminous United States; the NAIA, whose headquarters is in Kansas City, sponsors 26 national championships. The CBS Sports Network called CSTV, serves as the national media outlet for the NAIA. In 2014, ESPNU began carrying the NAIA Football National Championship. In 1937, Dr. James Naismith and local leaders staged the first National College Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City—one year before the first National Invitation Tournament and two years before the first NCAA Tournament; the goal of the tournament was to establish a forum for small colleges and universities to determine a national basketball champion. The original eight-team tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1938. On March 10, 1940, the National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball was formed in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1952, the NAIB was transformed into the NAIA, with that came the sponsorship of additional sports such as men's golf and outdoor track and field. Football in the NAIA was split based on enrollment; the 1948 NAIB national tournament was the first intercollegiate postseason to feature a black student-athlete, Clarence Walker of Indiana State under coach John Wooden. Wooden had withdrawn from the 1947 tournament; the association furthered its commitment to African-American athletes when, in 1953, it became the first collegiate association to invite black colleges and universities into its membership. In 1957, Tennessee A&I became the first black institution to win a collegiate basketball national championship; the NAIA began sponsoring intercollegiate championships for women in 1980, the second coed national athletics association to do so, offering collegiate athletics championships to women in basketball, cross country, gymnastics and outdoor track and field, softball and diving, tennis and volleyball.
The National Junior College Athletic Association had established a women's division in the spring of 1975 and held the first women's national championship volleyball tournament that fall. In 1997, Liz Heaston became the first female college athlete to play and score in a college football game when she kicked two extra points during the 1997 Linfield vs. Willamette football game. Launched in 2000 by the NAIA, the Champions of Character program promotes character and sportsmanship through athletics; the Champions of Character conducts clinics and has developed an online training course to educate athletes and athletic administrators with the skills necessary to promote character development in the context of sport. In 2010, the association opened the doors to the NAIA Eligibility Center, where prospective student-athletes are evaluated for academic and athletic eligibility, it delivers on the NAIA’s promise of integrity by leveling the playing field, guiding student-athlete success, ensuring fair competition.
Membership – The NAIA was the first association to admit colleges and universities from outside the United States. The NAIA began admitting Canadian members in 1967. Football – The NAIA was the first association to send a football team to Europe to play. In the summer of 1976, the NAIA sent Henderson State and Texas A&I to play 5 exhibition games in West Berlin, Nuremberg and Paris; the NAIA sponsors 14 sports. The NAIA recognizes three levels of competitions: "emerging", "invitational", "championship"; the association conducts, or has conducted in the past, championship tournaments in the following sports. Men's Basketball Division I Division II Women's Basketball Division I Division II The NAIA men's basketball championship is the longest-running collegiate National Championship of any sport in the United States; the tournament was the brainchild of creator of the game of basketball. The event began in 1937 with the inaugural tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO; the 2017 men's championship marked the 80th edition of what has been tabbed College Basketball’s Toughest Tournament.
The tournament has awarded the Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player award since 1939, as well as the Charles Stevenson Hustle Award, the basis for Pete Rose's nickname, given to him by Whitey Ford. Basketball is the only NAIA sport in which the organization's member institutions are aligned into divisions. Effective with the 2020–21 school year, the NAIA will return to a single division for both men's and women's basketball; the NAIA has 21 member conferences, including 9 that sponsor football, the Association of Independent Institutions. Central States Football League Mid-States Football Association Al Ortolani Scholarship The $500 undergraduate scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student trainer, at least a junior and has maintained a GPA of 3.00. Athletic Trainer of the
The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference with its membership located in the Midwestern United States from Indiana and Illinois on the East of the Mississippi River to the Dakotas and Nebraska on the West, with additional members in the Western state of Colorado and the Southern state of Oklahoma. Dubbed the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in 1982, on June 1, 2007, the conference changed its name from the Mid-Continent Conference. League headquarters are in South Dakota. With the 2018 arrival of the University of North Dakota as the league's newest full member, the Summit has nine full members plus four associate members. A total of 31 schools have been full members, but the only charter member remaining in the league today is Western Illinois University. Notes The Summit League has 22 former members. - The then-Mid-Continent Conference did not sponsor women's sports until the 1992–93 school year. Cleveland State, UIC, Northern Illinois, Green Bay, Wright State were all members of the women's-only North Star Conference until the Mid-Con began sponsoring women's sports absorbing the NSC.
- As noted before, the Mid-Con did not sponsor women's sports until 1992–93. Before that time, Eastern Illinois had been a member of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, which began as a women's-only conference and added football in 1985; when the Gateway merged its women's side into the Missouri Valley Conference, EIU moved its women's sports into the Mid-Con, but kept its football team in the Gateway until it moved its entire athletic program into the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996. Notes The association was created on June 18, 1982 at the O'Hare Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities, which it was known as until 1989; the conference sponsored football from 1982 until 1984 at the Division I-AA level, current members North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois plus future member North Dakota have FCS football programs. In the early 1990s, the conference saw its first changes. Southwest Missouri State departed for membership in the Missouri Valley Conference as the University of Akron and Northern Illinois University joined in 1990.
Wright State University joined in 1991 as Northern Iowa followed Southwest Missouri State to the MVC. Major changes came to the conference in 1992. First, Akron left for the Mid-American Conference and was replaced by another Ohio school, Youngstown State University. More the Mid-Continent added women's sports by absorbing the North Star Conference, a women's-only league whose final seven members had all been in the Mid-Continent. All of the final NSC members except for Akron moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent. At the same time, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent when their former women's sports home, the Gateway Conference, merged into the Missouri Valley Conference. A year the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee joined the Mid-Continent. In 1994, charter members Cleveland State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, as well as newer members Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, Wright State left the conference to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.
In response, the Mid-Continent absorbed Central Connecticut State University, Chicago State University, the University at Buffalo, Troy State University, Northeastern Illinois University from the collapsed East Coast Conference. None of these institutions remain in the league. Missouri-Kansas City an independent joined the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994. Eastern Illinois moved to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996. Troy State departed for the Trans America Athletic Conference while Central Connecticut went to the Northeast Conference in 1997. Buffalo joined the MAC in 1998 while Northeastern Illinois ceased intercollegiate athletics at that time. Oral Roberts University and Southern Utah University replaced the former pair while Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Oakland University moved into the latter duo's spots a year later. Youngstown State switched to the Horizon League in 2001, was replaced by Centenary College in 2003. Chicago State University announced in the spring of 2006 that it would withdraw from the conference to compete as an independent starting in the 2006-07 school year.
Charter member Valparaiso University moved to the Horizon in 2007. At the Mid-Continent Conference annual Presidents Council meeting in 2006, conference expansion was discussed at length, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, South Dakota State were approved for site visits. On August 30, 2006, IPFW accepted an invitation to join the Mid-Continent Conference as a full member starting July 1, 2007; the following day, North Dakota State and South Dakota State accepted invitations to join the conference. The Summit League continued its renewed expansion push with the admission of the University of South Dakota; the Coyotes began conference play in the 2011–12 academic year and become eligible for all championships the following season. Centenary College subsequently announced that it would leave the Summit League following the 2010–2011 campaign; the University of North Dakota had been rumored to have been courted by the Summit League, but controversy over the Fighting Sioux nickname in all likelihood prevented UND's admission