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    This email just hit my inbox. Thought I'd share:

    USI family,



    As you know, the University of Southern Indiana is a proud and longtime member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and Division II athletics with many outstanding achievements, including 10 individual and four team national championships.

    Looking to our institution’s future and the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan: Accelerating Impact, I am announcing an exploration into the feasibility of a move to Division I play. The feasibility review will consider a variety of elements including fiscal and facilities requirements and internal and external community support.

    The review will not take football into consideration, as this would require investment and facilities that are out of scope at this time.

    I want to acknowledge recent reports of announced moves by several Division I schools to other conferences. I am not presently at liberty to discuss what, if any, impact those transitions may have on USI.

    This potential move is not one to be taken lightly. There is much to consider. We will be engaging an outside consultant who specializes in these evaluations, undergoing substantial review of the financial requirements and forming a University committee in the coming days. Information gathered will be provided to the USI Board of Trustees for review during their November meeting.

    USI has a tradition of being a daring athletic competitor and now is the time to consider where we go from here.

    Sincerely,
    Ronald S. Rochon, PhD

    USI President

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    Let's Gooooooo

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    • #3
      I'll bet this moves rather quickly and a decision is reached soon, maybe at that Nov. meeting. I'm sure the OVC has been calling a lot lately.
      Go GSC and Roar LIONS!!

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      • #4
        I've been saying this was coming ever since the new stadium was announced but USI people wanted to argue as if I was crazy. If you didn't see it coming get your eyes checked.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kdubnation View Post
          I've been saying this was coming ever since the new stadium was announced but USI people wanted to argue as if I was crazy. If you didn't see it coming get your eyes checked.
          I think most of us have seen it coming, but the administration have consistently denied it. This just confirms our suspicions.

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          • #6
            Does everyone think the OVC is where USI will land?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by UFOILERFAN View Post
              Does everyone think the OVC is where USI will land?
              Can't speak for anyone else but they are the most in need.

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              • #8
                Horizon may offer too...non football league based in Indianapolis with Midwest footprint....https://horizoneroundtable.com/2021/...orizon-league/
                Last edited by HoosierDaddy; 09-28-2021, 06:42 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HoosierDaddy View Post
                  Horizon may offer too...non football league based in Indianapolis with Midwest footprint....https://horizoneroundtable.com/2021/...orizon-league/
                  Not USI related but why would Murray State want to go to the non-football Horizon?

                  Never mind, just read an article that said football is a minor consideration.
                  Last edited by UFOILERFAN; 09-28-2021, 10:12 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Fiscal insanity and will lose money hand over fist however admin guess they can just request larger athletic operating budget from state to cover all the additional expenses and increase salaries due to follow. It’s a last ditch effort to get enrollment numbers up. They continue to eliminate employee benefits and programs, and all awhile focus on distant learning. They do a news story every couple years and it goes no where.

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