INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC

COMMITTEE  MEETING

OCTOBER 15, 2002

 

ATTENDING: Brad Berg, Charlie Bridgeford, Jared Bruggeman, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Lillian Elsinga, Jill Holen, Susan Jeno, Patti Mahar, Kathy McCann, Susan Nelson, Glenn Olsen, Elizabeth Nichols, John Sirignano, Roger Thomas,

 

Recorder:  Bev Hopman

 

The meeting was called to order by Sue Jeno at 3:04 p.m. in room 1917, Medical Science North. 

 

Minutes: Judy DeMers moved the minutes from the April 24, 2002, and September 17, 2002, meetings be approved.  Kathy McCann seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Website:  Bev Hopman reported that John Sirignano has agreed to set up the IAC website.  Among items that will be posted are the meeting dates, agendas and approved minutes.  An IAC directory will also be posted.  Sue Nelson suggested the directory listing should include the department and job title of committee members.

 

Class Credit for Student-athletes:  Jared Bruggeman said Dr. Rice is supportive of offering course credit for participation in varsity athletics, especially since a precedent has been set by Military Science.  Jared Bruggeman felt he could administer the course through the Athletic Department since he is already teaching an Intro to Student Life class.  Judy DeMers asked if there would be a limit to the number of times student-athletes can enroll for the course.  Jared replied that the original proposal approved by the Student Senate was for up to eight credits with a letter grade.  He and Dr. Rice would support S-U grading with a maximum of 4 credit hours awarded.  This course has been previously offered and is on the books as Athletic Conditioning, #101.  Jared Bruggeman will continue to work on this issue.

 

Compliance:  Jared Bruggeman informed the committee that there were no major violations to report.

 

Budget:  John Sirignano said that since we were only three months into the year, it was too early to have a clear financial picture.  More information will be available at the end of the quarter.  However, he also reported that new contracts have been negotiated with Ralph Engelstad Arena which will enable the Athletic Department to access proceeds up front rather than wait until the end of the year.  Glenn Olsen asked if this would make more money available for athletic scholarships.  Roger Thomas responded that eventually that may be the outcome.  However, since women’s athletics has received most of the growth funds in recent years, the NCC would like schools to consider adding money to the men’s athletic programs.  Jared Bruggeman stated that UND uses equivalencies rather than dollar amounts to determine the number of allotted scholarships.  Roger Thomas reported that this year Athletics issued 114 scholarships at a cost of nearly $1,000,000.  As time goes on, it will become increasingly difficult to fund all of the programs. Charlie Bridgeford said the local businesses may not be willing to give more than they currently are to Sioux sports.  Sue Jeno stated the reality is that we’re maxed out in hockey.  If we are going to grow it will need to be in football, basketball and volleyball. 

 

Athletic Department Update:  Roger Thomas reported that the sports season was off to a great start.  UND has several teams in the national rankings and Jerome Beasley has been named the pre-season pick as Division II Player of the Year in men’s basketball. 

 

The NCAA News printed a minority report which recommended that institutions with Indian names, logos or mascots do not host playoffs. At this time, Roger Thomas is not sure if this will affect UND which is scheduled to have the Division II 2005 Elite Eight Men’s Basketball Tournament.

 

Roger Thomas reported that a press conference was being held on October 15 to announce an agreement between UND and Midcontinent Cable, WDAZ and several other broadcast organizations to form the Sioux Sports Network.  Home football, men’s hockey and the basketball games played at Ralph Engelstad Arena will be televised.  Sue Nelson stated that the increased exposure will generate an interest in UND sports and increase the desire to attend games.

 

Assistant Athletic Director, External Affairs - Job Search:  John Sirignano said that 9 names had been forwarded to Athletics from the Human Resources Office.  Phone interviews narrowed the candidates to four choices.  The top candidate withdrew his name.  The second candidate will be In Grand Forks the week of October 21 for on-campus interviews.  Among other duties, this position will be responsible for marketing, trade agreements, acting as a liaison with Ralph Engelstad Arena and community relations. 

 

Wellness Center – Athletic Facilities – Division I:  Roger Thomas reported that there has been discussion within the Athletic Department as to what direction to go with facility design.  If UND should move to DI in the future, the facilities we build now must accommodate those needs.  The Alumni Association will also be a key player in the decision making.  Sue Jeno questioned where UND and the Athletic Department were at financially concerning the move to a new facility.  Roger Thomas replied that the student wellness center fund is growing at a faster than expected rate due to increased enrollment.  Charlie Bridgeford said the Hyslop has value.  He asked if that was being considered when projecting Athletic Department costs of a new building.  Roger Thomas said Athletics would not be compensated for the Hyslop.  Judy DeMers asked what other units were located in the Hyslop.  Roger Thomas replied that besides Athletics, there is Physical Education Exercise Science (PEXS), Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.  Sue Jeno said space issues for all of these areas need to be addressed.

 

NCC – Minnesota Duluth: Roger Thomas said the reason Phil Harmeson was not present at the IAC meeting was because he was representing UND at a press conference announcing the addition of Minnesota-Duluth to the NCC.  Duluth was added to replace Morningside and should be a good fit in the conference.

 

New Business:  Chair Sue Jeno called for any new business.  Patti Mahar asked for clarification on a transition to Division I – could a school move up in football only?  Roger Thomas responded by saying that hockey is the only sport in which a school can compete at the DI level and stay at DII or DIII in their other sports.  Therefore, if NDSU does move to DI, they will have to move all of their sports.  Football is the only sport which has a DI-AA status which is a lower level of competition than DI.  Northern Colorado and NDSU would compete at I-AA in football and DI in the rest of their sports.  Jared Bruggeman said that NDSU will declare their intent to move to DI by November 2003.  They will then have one year to explore their options and make a final decision.  Schools that move up to Division I must go through a probation period before they are allowed to participate in post season play, up to eight years in basketball.  Sue Nelson asked what the NCAA logic was in imposing a probationary period.  Roger Thomas replied that it was a money driven decision.  Participating schools share the revenues generated by tournaments. 

 

Judy DeMers asked if any action was ever taken by UND to pursue receiving a share of the playoff money in DI hockey.  Roger Thomas replied that Phil Harmeson and the President’s Office had looked into it, but he had not heard the final outcome.

 

Ray Diez asked if the hockey playoffs were expanding the number of participants.  John Sirignano said that the playoff format has been extended to 16 teams beginning this year.

 

Ray Diez moved the meeting adjourn.  Elizabeth Nichols seconded the motion.  Motion carried. 

 

The next meeting is scheduled for November 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the Medical School, Room 1917.  Members were asked to contact Sue Jeno or Bev Hopman with any agenda items