Summit League

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Summit League
Summit League logo.svg
EstablishedJune 18, 1982 [1]
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivisionnon-football
Members9 full (4 associates)
Sports fielded
  • 19
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 10
Region
Former namesAssociation of Mid-Continent Universities (1982–1989)
Mid-Continent Conference (1989–2007)
Headquarters Sioux Falls, South Dakota
CommissionerTom Douple (since 2005)
Website thesummitleague.org
Locations
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The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference with its membership mostly 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. Originally 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 Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

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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. [2]

North Dakota Fighting Hawks University of North Dakota athletics

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are the athletic teams that represent the University of North Dakota (UND), located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Western Illinois Leathernecks sports teams of Western Illinois University

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are the teams and athletes that represent Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, Illinois, in NCAA Division I sports. The school's primary conference affiliation is with the Summit League; its football team is a member of the Division I FCS Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Member schools

Current members

Current full members

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentEndowment [3] JoinedNicknameColors
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864Private11,476$711,345,7982013 Pioneers          
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 1908Public15,448$72,000,0002012 Mavericks          
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883Public14,906$230,600,0002018 Fighting Hawks          
North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota 1890Public14,186$201,600,0002007 Bison          
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963Private3,417$40,490,5331997 [lower-alpha 1]
2014
Golden Eagles               
Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 [lower-alpha 2] Public14,326 [lower-alpha 3] $46,433,698 [lower-alpha 4] 2007 Mastodons          
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862Public10,151$213,560,0002011 Coyotes          
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota 1881Public12,851$135,700,0002007 Jackrabbits          
Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois 1899Public13,602$32,134,2491982 [lower-alpha 5] Leathernecks          
Notes
  1. Oral Roberts was a previous member of the conference from 1997–98 to 2011–12, before rejoining in 2014.
  2. Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW) did not begin operation until 2018, but inherited its athletic program from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), founded in 1964. IPFW was dissolved in 2018 by the Purdue University and Indiana University systems, with each system establishing a new Fort Wayne campus. [4]
  3. Enrollment figures reflect the most recent enrollment for IPFW, and do not reflect the 2018 institutional split. However, roughly 90% of the former IPFW student body was enrolled in academic majors that are now under the governance of PFW.
  4. Endowment figures reflect those of IPFW, and do not reflect the 2018 institutional split. The endowment division between the newly created IU Fort Wayne and PFW will not necessarily match the new schools' shares of the former IPFW student body.
  5. The Mid-Con did not sponsor women's sports until 1992–93. Before that time, Western Illinois had been a member of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, which began as a women's-only conference and added football in 1985; WIU was a member of both sides of the conference. When the Gateway merged its women's side into the Missouri Valley Conference, WIU moved its women's sports into the Mid-Con, but has kept its football team in the Gateway (now known as the Missouri Valley Football Conference) to this day.

Current associate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedNicknamePrimary
Conference
Summit Sport(s)
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 1881Private5,2702017–18 Bulldogs MVC Men's tennis [5]
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895Public7,5262005–06sw.dv.
2011–12m.soc.
Panthers OVC swimming and diving, [6]
men's soccer [7]
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857Public20,7062017–18 Redbirds MVC Men's tennis [5]
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859Private4,5002017–18 Crusaders MVC Men's swimming [lower-alpha 1]
Men's tennis [8]
  1. Valparaiso does not include diving in its intercollegiate aquatics program for either men or women.


Former members

Former full members

The Summit League has 22 former members.

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknameNew
Conference
Current
Conference
University of Akron Akron, Ohio 1870Public29,25119901992 Zips Mid-American (MAC)
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846Public28,60119941998 Bulls Mid-American (MAC)
Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana 1825Private78720032011 Gentlemen (men's)
Ladies (women's)
American Southwest SCAC (Div. III)
Central Connecticut State University New Britain, Connecticut 1849Public11,36019941997 Blue Devils Northeast (NEC)
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 1867Public3,57819942006 Cougars NCAA D-I Independent WAC
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio 1964Public17,20419821994 Vikings Horizon
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895Public11,65119821996 Panthers OVC
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1858Public28,09119821994 Flames Horizon
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 1969Public27,18419982017 Jaguars Horizon
University of Missouri–Kansas City [9] Kansas City, Missouri 1933Public16,01919942013 Kangaroos WAC
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, Illinois 1867Public11,14919941998 Golden Eagles Discontinued intercollegiate athletics
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1895Public25,31319901994 Huskies Horizon Mid-American (MAC)
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876Public11,14719821991 Panthers Missouri Valley
Oakland University [10] Rochester, Michigan 1957Public19,37919982013 Golden Grizzlies Horizon
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah 1897Public8,29719972012 Thunderbirds Big Sky
Southwest Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905Public21,05919821990 Bears (men's)
Lady Bears (women's)
Missouri Valley
Troy State University Troy, Alabama 1887Public29,68919941997 Trojans TAAC Sun Belt
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Green Bay, Wisconsin 1965Public6,70019821994 Phoenix Horizon
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1885Public30,50219931994 Panthers Horizon
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859Private4,06119822007 Crusaders Horizon Missouri Valley
Wright State University Fairborn, Ohio 1967Public17,78919911994 Raiders Horizon
Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio 1908Public15,19419922001 Penguins Horizon
  1. - The then-Mid-Continent Conference did not sponsor women's sports until the 1992–93 school year. Cleveland State, UIC, Northern Illinois, Valparaiso, Green Bay, and Wright State were all members of the women's-only North Star Conference until the Mid-Con began sponsoring women's sports, effectively absorbing the NSC.
  2. - 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; EIU was a member of both sides of the conference. 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.

Former associate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedTypeEnrollmentJoinedLeftNicknamePrimary
Conference
Summit Sport
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898Private24,4141992–931998–99 Blue Demons Big East softball
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867Private10,0001996–971998–99 Bison MEAC [lower-alpha 1] men's soccer
C.W. Post of Long Island University Brookville, New York 1954Public8,4721994–951997–98 Pioneers East Coast (ECC)
(NCAA Division II) [lower-alpha 2]
baseball
New York Institute of Technology New York, NY 1955Private13,0001994–951997–98 Bears East Coast (ECC)
(NCAA Division II) [lower-alpha 3]
baseball
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK 1963Private3,4172012–132013–14 Golden Eagles Southland [lower-alpha 4] men's soccer
Pace University New York, NY 1906Private12,7721994–951997–98 Setters Northeast-10 (NE-10)
(NCAA Division II)
baseball
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois 1860Private1,2691994–951995–96 Hawks GLVC
(NCAA Division II)
men's soccer
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIU Edwardsville) Edwardsville, Illinois 1957Public13,8501994–951995–96 Cougars OVC [lower-alpha 5] men's soccer
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862Public10,1512009–102010–11 Coyotes Summitswimming and diving
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota 1881Public12,8512005–062006–07 Jackrabbits Summitswimming and diving
State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, New York 1889Public5,8521996–971998–98 Red Dragons SUNYAC
(NCAA Division III)
men's soccer
Notes
  1. Howard currently plays men's soccer in the Sun Belt Conference.
  2. After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University will merge the LIU Post athletic program with the program of its other principal campus, LIU Brooklyn, creating a new Division I program that will compete under the LIU name with a new nickname. The unified athletic program will maintain Brooklyn's memberships in Division I and the Northeast Conference. Specific to baseball, the Post and Brooklyn teams will be merged into a single LIU team that will continue to play on the Post campus in Brookville. [11]
  3. NYIT remained in Division I baseball through the 2017 season (2016–17 school year), after which it downgraded baseball to Division II and added that sport to its existing ECC membership.
  4. Between Oral Roberts' 2012 departure for the Southland Conference and 2014 return to the Summit League, it maintained Summit associate membership in men's soccer.
  5. SIU Edwardsville currently plays men's soccer in the Mid-American Conference.

History

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Locations of Summit League full member institutions.

Foundation

The association was created on June 18, 1982 at the O'Hare Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois [1] as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (or AMCU or AMCU-8, pronounced Am-cue), which it was known as until 1989. [12] The conference sponsored football from 1982 until 1984 at the Division I-AA level (now Division I FCS), and current members North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Western Illinois plus future member North Dakota have FCS football programs.

College football collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by student-athletes of American/Canadian colleges and universities

College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, more commonly known as North Dakota State University (NDSU), is a public research university in Fargo, North Dakota. The institution was founded as North Dakota Agricultural College in 1890 as the research land-grant institution for the state of North Dakota. NDSU is a comprehensive doctoral research university with programs involved in very high research activity. NDSU offers 102 undergraduate majors, 170 undergraduate degree programs, 6 undergraduate certificate programs, 79 undergraduate minors, 81 master’s degree programs, 47 doctoral degree programs of study and 10 graduate certificate programs. There were 14,358 students attending NDSU from 47 different states and 79 different countries as of Fall 2017.

University of South Dakota public research university located in Vermillion, South Dakota

The University of South Dakota is a public coeducational research (R2) university in Vermillion, South Dakota. Established by the Dakota Territory legislature in 1862, 27 years before the establishment of the state of South Dakota, USD is the state's oldest public university.

Mid-Continent Conference logo, 1982-2007 Mid-Continent Conference logo.png
Mid-Continent Conference logo, 1982–2007

Changes and the addition of women's sports

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. Then Wright State University joined in 1991 as Northern Iowa followed Southwest Missouri State to the MVC.

Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference is the second-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.

University of Akron public research university located in Akron, Ohio, United States

The University of Akron is a public research university in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio. As a STEM-focused institution, it focuses on industries such as polymers, advanced materials, and engineering.

Northern Illinois University university

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois and satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. It was founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as part of an expansion of the state's system for producing college-educated teachers. Lisa Freeman was named the university's acting president in July 2017, the first woman to hold that position.

Major changes came to the conference in 1992. First, Akron left for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and was replaced by another Ohio school, Youngstown State University. More significantly, the Mid-Continent added women's sports by absorbing the North Star Conference (NSC), 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 later, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee joined the Mid-Continent.

Mid-American Conference U.S. college sports conference

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members located in Illinois, Indiana, and New York. For football, the MAC participates in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.

Youngstown State University American research university in Ohio

Youngstown State University (YSU), founded in 1908, is an American research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. As of fall 2010, there were 15,194 students and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1. The fall 2010 enrollment figure is the highest since 1990, when the number of students on campus was 15,454. Records show that 11,803 of the students are undergraduates. Beyond its current student body, YSU claims more than 94,000 alumni.

North Star Conference

The North Star Conference or NSC was a women's conference in the NCAA. The conference existed from the 1983–84 school year through the 1991–92 school year. Originally announced in 1983, the conference was formed by charter members Butler, Dayton, DePaul, Detroit, Evansville, Loyola (Chicago), Notre Dame, and Xavier. Although the conference was to offer competition in cross country, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, the conference was created primarily as a basketball conference. With the exception of Butler and Dayton, all charter members' women's basketball teams were already competing at the NCAA Division I level; Butler and Dayton upgraded their teams from NCAA Division II and commenced competition in the conference's second season. The conference was effectively absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference, as six of its final seven members moved their women's sports to that organization.

Horizon and ECC transitions

In 1994, charter members Cleveland State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, as well as newer members Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, and Wright State left the conference to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.

Cleveland State University university

Cleveland State University (CSU) is a public research university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the buildings, property, and students of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923. CSU absorbed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. Today it is part of the University System of Ohio, has more than 120,000 alumni, and offers over 200 academic programs.

University of Illinois at Chicago university

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university in Chicago, Illinois. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop. The second campus established under the University of Illinois system, UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago area, having approximately 30,000 students enrolled in 15 colleges.

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Public university in Green Bay, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a public university located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with regional campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. Founded in 1965, it is part of the University of Wisconsin System.

In response, the Mid-Continent absorbed Central Connecticut State University, Chicago State University, the University at Buffalo, Troy State University (now Troy University), and Northeastern Illinois University from the collapsed East Coast Conference. None of these institutions remain in the league.

Missouri-Kansas City, formerly an independent, also joined the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994.

Declining membership

Eastern Illinois moved to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996, reducing membership to nine programs. 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 (IUPUI) and Oakland University moved into the latter duo's spots a year later.

Youngstown State switched to the Horizon League in 2001, and 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 then moved to the Horizon in 2007.

Renewed expansion and contraction

At the Mid-Continent Conference annual Presidents Council meeting in 2006, conference expansion was discussed at length, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW, now Purdue Fort Wayne), North Dakota State, and 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. [13] The following day, North Dakota State and South Dakota State also accepted invitations to join the conference. [14] [15]

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. [16] Centenary College subsequently announced that it would leave the Summit League following the 2010–2011 campaign. [17]

The University of North Dakota had also been openly rumored to have been courted by the Summit League, but controversy over the Fighting Sioux nickname in all likelihood prevented UND's admission at that time. Expectations that UND would join the Summit League came to an end on November 1, 2010, when North Dakota instead accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky Conference. The University of South Dakota entered into very brief negotiations to join the Big Sky as well, rather than continuing their plans to join the Summit. However, South Dakota chose instead to remain with the more compact Summit League (along with other Dakota schools, NDSU and SDSU). As the University of Nebraska Omaha began the transition to Division I athletics in all sports, it joined the Summit League on July 1, 2012. With the departures of Centenary to Division III at the end of the 2010-11 athletic year, and Southern Utah and Oral Roberts for other Division I conferences at the end of the 2011-12 athletic year, the Summit League continued with nine institutions, all within the Midwest geographical region. [18]

The conference unveiled the University of Denver (DU) as its 10th member on November 27, 2012, and the Pioneers joined in July 2013. [19] While Denver is slightly outside The Summit's current Midwestern base, travel issues for the other members were seemingly minimized by the city's status as a major air hub. [19] Then, with Denver among the eight of ten WAC members switching to other conferences, that league was searching for new members, and on February 7, 2013, it was announced that UMKC would be one of six schools joining the WAC for the 2013-14 season, [9] dropping the Summit league back to nine member schools. On May 7, 2013, membership fell to eight schools, when Oakland announced that it was joining the Horizon League. [10] With Oakland's move, eight of the nine then-current Horizon League programs were former Summit League members (the Horizon has since added a second member that was never in The Summit League, Northern Kentucky).

In December 2013, The Summit League office announced that Oral Roberts University was returning to the conference in all sports, effective July 1, 2014. [20]

The most recent changes to the conference's core membership were announced in 2017. First, on January 26, North Dakota, which had resolved its controversy by selecting the new nickname Fighting Hawks, was unveiled as a new member beginning in 2018. [21] Then, on June 28, IUPUI announced it would leave the conference to join the Horizon League effective July 1, 2017. [22]

For much of 2018, speculation involving further league expansion focused on Augustana University, a Division II school located in the Summit's headquarters city of Sioux Falls. Many of the school's boosters are tied to Sanford Health, a hospital company that has long been a major league sponsor and also owns the office complex that houses the league headquarters. [23] [24] On December 14, the university announced that it would start a transition to Division I, though stating at the time that no such move would take place until at least 2021. [25]

Membership timeline

University of North DakotaIllinois State UniversityDrake UniversityUniversity of DenverUniversity of Nebraska OmahaUniversity of South DakotaPurdue University Fort WayneNorth Dakota State UniversitySouth Dakota State UniversityCentenary College of LouisianaOakland UniversityIndiana University – Purdue University IndianapolisOral Roberts UniversitySouthern Utah UniversityHoward UniversityState University of New York at OneontaSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleQuincy UniversityPace UniversityNew York Institute of TechnologyLong Island University C. W. Post CampusUniversity of Missouri–Kansas CityChicago State UniversityNortheastern Illinois UniversityUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkTroy UniversityCentral Connecticut State UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeYoungstown State UniversityDePaul UniversityWright State UniversityNorthern Illinois UniversityUniversity of AkronWestern Illinois UniversityValparaiso UniversityEastern Illinois UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Green BayUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoCleveland State UniversityUniversity of Northern IowaMissouri State UniversitySummit League

Full membersFull members (non-football)Associate member (baseball, men's soccer, softball, swimming and diving, or men's tennis)

  • Purdue Fort Wayne joined the league as IPFW. The athletic branding was changed to "Fort Wayne" in 2016, and to Purdue Fort Wayne shortly before the dissolution of IPFW on July 1, 2018.
  • Southwest Missouri State adopted its current name of Missouri State University in 2005.
  • The two former members that are part of the University of Wisconsin System, namely UW–Green Bay and UW–Milwaukee, now brand themselves for athletic purposes as "Green Bay" and "Milwaukee".
  • Troy State adopted its current name of Troy University in 2004.

The Summit League sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. [26] Former full member Eastern Illinois is an associate member for men's and women's swimming and diving and men's soccer. Drake and Illinois State became associate members in men's tennis starting in 2017–18, and former full member Valparaiso rejoined for men's swimming and men's tennis at the same time.

Teams in Summit League competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 6
Basketball 99
Cross country 78
Golf 99
Soccer 69
Softball 7
Swimming and diving 66
Tennis 86
Track and field (indoor) 68
Track and field (outdoor) 68
Volleyball 9

    Men's sponsored sports by school

    School BaseballBasketballCross
    Country
    GolfSoccerSwimming
    & Diving
    TennisIndoor
    Track & Field
    Outdoor
    Track & Field
    Total
    Summit League
    Sports
    Denver
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    5
    North Dakota
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    6
    North Dakota State
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    6
    Omaha
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    5
    Oral Roberts
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    8
    Purdue Fort Wayne
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    5
    South Dakota
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    6
    South Dakota State
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    8
    Western Illinois
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    8
    Totals
    6
    9
    7
    9
    5+1 [lower-alpha 1]
    4+2 [lower-alpha 2]
    5+3 [lower-alpha 3]
    6
    6
    57+6
    1. Associate member: Eastern Illinois
    2. Associate members: Eastern Illinois and Valparaiso (swimming only)
    3. Associate members: Drake, Illinois State, and Valparaiso

    Men's varsity sports not sponsored by The Summit League which are played by member schools:

    SchoolFootballIce HockeyLacrosseSkiingVolleyballWrestling
    Denver NCHC Big East RMISA
    North Dakota FCS independent [lower-alpha 1] NCHC
    North Dakota State MVFC Big 12
    Omaha NCHC
    Purdue Fort Wayne MIVA
    South Dakota MVFC
    South Dakota State MVFC Big 12
    Western Illinois MVFC
    1. North Dakota football will join the MVFC in 2020.

    Women's sponsored sports by school

    School BasketballCross
    Country
    GolfSoccerSoftballSwimming
    & Diving
    TennisIndoor
    Track & Field
    Outdoor
    Track & Field
    VolleyballTotal
    Summit League
    Sports
    Denver
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    6
    North Dakota
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    9
    North Dakota State
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    Omaha
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    9
    Oral Roberts
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    Purdue Fort Wayne
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    South Dakota
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    10
    South Dakota State
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    10
    Western Illinois
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    10
    Totals
    9
    8
    9
    9
    7
    5+1 [w 1]
    6
    8
    8
    9
    78+1
    Notes
    1. Associate member Eastern Illinois.

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by The Summit League which are played by member schools:

    SchoolEquestrianGymnasticsLacrosseSkiing
    Denver Big 12 Big East RMISA
    South Dakota StateUnited Equestrian Conference &
    National Collegiate Equestrian Association

    Football

    Men's basketball

    Men's basketball in the NCAA tournament

    YearTeamSeedResults
    1983none
    1984none
    1985none
    1986 Cleveland State 14*defeated Indiana
    defeated Saint Joseph's
    lost to Navy
    1987 Southwest Missouri State [27] 13defeated Clemson
    lost to Kansas
    1988Southwest Missouri State13lost to UNLV
    1989Southwest Missouri State14lost to Seton Hall
    1990Southwest Missouri State9*lost to North Carolina
    Northern Iowa 14defeated Missouri
    lost to Minnesota
    1991 Green Bay 12lost to Michigan State
    Northern Illinois 13*lost to St. John's
    1992 Eastern Illinois 15lost to Indiana
    1993 Wright State 16lost to Indiana
    1994Green Bay12defeated California
    lost to Syracuse
    1995none
    1996 Valparaiso 14lost to Arizona
    1997Valparaiso12lost to Boston College
    1998Valparaiso13 defeated Ole Miss
    defeated Florida State
    lost to Rhode Island
    1999Valparaiso15lost to Maryland
    2000Valparaiso16lost to Michigan State
    2001 Southern Utah 14lost to Boston College
    2002Valparaiso13lost to Kentucky
    2003 IUPUI 16lost to Kentucky
    2004Valparaiso15lost to Gonzaga
    2005 Oakland 16defeated Alabama A&M**
    Lost to North Carolina
    2006 Oral Roberts 16lost to Memphis
    2007 Oral Roberts 14lost to Washington State
    2008 Oral Roberts 13lost to Pittsburgh
    2009 North Dakota State 14lost to Kansas
    2010 Oakland 14lost to Pittsburgh
    2011 Oakland 13lost to Texas
    2012 South Dakota State 14lost to Baylor
    2013 South Dakota State 13lost to Michigan
    2014 North Dakota State 12defeated Oklahoma
    lost to San Diego State
    2015 North Dakota State 15lost to Gonzaga
    2016 South Dakota State 12lost to Maryland
    2017 South Dakota State 16lost to Gonzaga
    2018 South Dakota State 12lost to Ohio State

    *At-large bid
    **Opening round game

    Facilities

    Full members
    SchoolSoccer stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball fieldCapacitySoftball fieldCapacity
    Denver CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium 2,000 Magness Arena 7,200Non-baseball schoolNon-softball school
    North Dakota Bronson Field N/A Betty Engelstad Sioux Center [lower-alpha 1] 3,300Non-baseball school Apollo Sports Complex N/A
    North Dakota State Dacotah Field [28] 2,600 [29] Bison Sports Arena 5,830 [30] Newman Outdoor Field 4,600 Ellig Sports Complex [31] 450
    Omaha Al F. Caniglia Field [32] 3,097 Baxter Arena [33] 7,898 Seymour Smith Park 1,000 Westside Field
    at Westbrook
    300 [34]
    Oral Roberts Case Soccer Complex 1,000 Mabee Center 10,575 J. L. Johnson Stadium 2,418Non-softball school
    Purdue Fort Wayne Hefner Soccer Complex 2,000 Hilliard Gates Sports Center 1,800 [lower-alpha 2] Mastodon Field 200 [35] Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field 500
    South Dakota USD Soccer Field N/A Sanford Coyote Sports Center 6,000Non-baseball school Nygard Field 500 [36]
    South Dakota State Fishback Soccer Park 1,500 Frost Arena 6,500 Erv Huether Field 600 Jackrabbit Softball Stadium 200
    Western Illinois MacKenzie Alumni Field 1,000 Western Hall 5,139 Alfred D. Boyer Stadium 500 Mary Ellen McKee
    Softball Stadium
    500
    Associate members
    Eastern Illinois Lakeside Soccer Field 1,000 [37] Soccer-only member
    1. North Dakota also schedules basketball games at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
    2. Purdue Fort Wayne also schedules basketball games at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

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