ATTENDING:† Jim Antes, Charlie Bridgeford, Tom Buning,
Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Cindy Flom-Meland, Sue Jeno, Amanda Kahler, Donna
Pearson, Betty Ralston, Lowell
Recorder:† Bev Hopman
Ray Diez called the meeting
to order in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.† ††
Minutes:† Judy DeMers moved the minutes from the January 23, 2007, meeting be approved.† Jim Antes seconded.† Motion carried.
UND Faculty Athletic
Representative Update:† Sue Jeno reported on the DI
reclassification process.† Carr and
Associates will present a skeleton strategic plan in 2007 which will be fleshed
out each year of the transition.† In
November of 2007, there will be an orientation session and web based conference.† In 2008-09, UND will be required to comply
with all DI rules and regulations, although the plan is to abide by DI
guidelines during the 2007-08 exploratory year.†
Betty Ralston will work with others on campus to match student-athlete
standards to the Code of Student Life.
Jeno reminded everyone of the Scholar Athlete Recognition program scheduled for
Monday, Feb. 26.†† Over 160 student-athletes
will be recognized for their academic accomplishments during calendar year
Department Updates: †
Athletic Director Tom
Buning:† Tom Buning thanked Betty
Ralston and Sue Jeno for their work on the scholar athlete recognition.† He said it is an excellent use of the
Department of Athletics trade agreement with Sanders.†
Rules/Violations:† Two incidents
involving student-athletes from menís basketball and menís hockey have
been receiving a great deal of publicity.†
AD Buning said student athletes are kids and sometimes ďkids mess
upĒ.† Two basketball players
violated team rules and were suspended.†
The hockey players were dealing with public authorities and if
charges are filed they will be part of a public record.† At this time, Tom Buning said he felt
everything was being handled appropriately by both coaches.† He stated the acid test is does the
response get the point across and does it happen again.†
Affiliation:† Conference affiliation
is one of the big concerns in the DI transition.† Tom Buning distributed a handout with
conference information.† The Gateway
and the Great West are two football only conferences.† The Great West has only 5 teams and will
be looking to expand.† The Mid
Continent has ten members and supports all of the sports UND competes in
with the exception of football.† The
Big Sky has 13 of the 18 sports in which UND participates.† UND is keeping communications open with
all of the conferences. Jim Antes asked if there would be scheduling
problems in 2008-09.† Tom Buning
said scheduling will be difficult.† He
stated that if even Ĺ of our competitions are against Division I opponents
the coaches will have done a bang up job.††
Jim Antes asked if our DI games would be on the road with the DII
games at home.† Tom Buning said we
could possibly schedule some DI independents for home games.
Budget:† Tom Buning said the ticket sales from
menís hockey were up about $200,000.††
He estimated the Department of Athleticsí share of that amount to
be about $100,000.† Football ticket
sales were about $26,000 over the budgeted amount.† Teams that have completed their
competitive seasons are close to exhausting their budgets.† Football is currently in a month to
month review.† Budgeting for the
future needs to address team priority needs and determine realistic expenses.† Most of the proceeds generated from
WCHA, NCC and regional playoffs go to the leagues, not the host schools.
Ralston handed out copies of the NCAA Division I 2005-06 Academic Progress
Report.† Menís and womenís ice hockey
are the only UND sports listed.† The
menís data is based on the last 3 years.†
Because the womenís program is new, the data is based on the last
two years.† If the APR multiyear
rate drops below 925, teams could be in danger of losing
scholarships.† Neither team is at
risk at this time.†
Scholar Athletic Recognition program scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26, is new
this year.† The Department hopes to
build on this yearís program for future.
is hosting the NCC Swim Meet Feb. 21 Ė 24.
Ralston attended a Law and Higher Education Conference with Lillian
Elsinga.† She gathered some useful
information on sexual assault, hazing and Face Book.
will be sponsoring a formal dance on March 23.
Ralston requested that fall and winter schedules be examined and approved
at the next meeting.† This will coincide
with season ticket renewals and give Athletics time to prepare calendars,
posters and promotional mailings.†
If proposed schedules are available, they will be e-mailed prior to
the March meeting.†
Buning distributed a draft of the Athletics Mission statement and Vision
One, a guideline for UNDís move to DI.
DeMers questioned the menís hockey schedule, why UND played only one
series each with Denver and Minnesota
this season.† Ray Diez explained
that the WCHA has set up their schedules so that all teams play an
unbalanced schedule.† Each year WCHA
teams play 4 games against 5 league opponents and 2 games against 4 league
opponents to make up the 28 game schedule.†
Besides Denver and Minnesota,
UND played only two games against Duluth
and Michigan Tech.† The league
rotates the schedule each year.
Buning reported that UND has the possibility of hosting the Hockey Hall of
Fame game in early October.† Options
are still being discussed.
Buning stated that part of the DI study will including contracting for a
of applicants for the head coaching position for womenís hockey will begin
on March 19.
Buning met with Student Government and student body presidential
candidates to discuss DI.
The meeting adjourned at †† The next meeting is
scheduled for March 20 at