Intercollegiate Athletic Committee Minutes††††††† 28 November 06

 

Attendance: Ray Diez, Sue Jeno, Ron Brinkert, Donna Pearson, Cindy Flom-Meland, Lowell Schweigert, Jim Antes, Tom Buning, Mike Schepp, Betty Ralston

 

The meeting was called to order by Ray Diez at 4:41 p.m. in the Badlands Room of the Union.

 

The minutes of the October 17 meeting were moved by Cindy, seconded by Ron and approved.

 

Athletic Directorís Report:

††††††††††† Tom stated that the legal case about the Sioux logo is progressing. The injunction has allowed UND student-athletes to continue wearing their uniforms through the remainder of this academic year.

††††††††††† Tom discussed the Dartmouth situation and stated that the President was sending a response to Dartmouthís President.

††††††††††† Division I Update Ė Carr and Associates have signed a contract with the UND Foundation to help develop an integrated business plan for the next 6 years. A smaller group will do an athletic department strategic plan. Carrís draft report is due by March 1.

††††††††††† The President will be sending the NCC a letter soon stating UNDís intention is to withdraw from the conference by July 1, 2008. The letter is due by 12/31/06.

††††††††††† Multi-classification- Since UND already plays hockey at the Division I level, no other sports will be eligible for DI NCAA Championship play until the fall of 2012.

††††††††††† Budget Update- Tom meets with the President tomorrow; insurance costs have almost doubled for this year but all other items are in the range anticipated.

††††††††††† The Alerus contract expires in summer 2007 and negotiations will begin soon on a renewal agreement for multiple years.

 

Ray added that the Education Subcommittee has finished the FAQ for the DI transition and is awaiting final approval from the President for distribution.

 

Compliance Report:

††††††††††† Betty reported that UND signed 17 prospects in 9 sports during the early signing period in November. Fall sport evaluations are ongoing. Menís and Womenís Hockey teams will not be subject to any scholarship penalties, their APR data exceeds NCAA minimums. It was noted that the game times for basketball on Saturday were changed to avoid conflict with the football playoff televised game. It was also noted that our track teams have been told they are no longer allowed to compete this winter in meets at the University of Minnesota.

 

Old business Ė there was none

 

New business Ė Tom stated that all fall teams had winning records and that he was looking into a possible scheduling alliance with the NCC for 2008-09.

 

Ray wondered about use of the Barnes & Noble parking lot during hockey games since it seemed to be half-empty. He wondered if it was possible to open parking to lower levels of the Fighting Sioux Club. He was surprised that no one had ever asked him to increase his level of giving.

Tom replied that he is looking into making the FSC levels percentages of scholarships to let people see how much they are actually contributing.

 

Donna asked if new faculty are targeted for FSC memberships and season tickets.

 

Sue suggested giving all new faculty free tickets for the first home football game.

 

Tom stated that all these ideas will be considered and discussed with the FSC director.

 

Tom did state that the new website contract has been signed with XoS and that it should be operational by January.

 

Jim asked about the overlapping of UND contests with a MBB and MIH game both scheduled for Friday night Dec. 8. It was explained that all other contest times had been adjusted but this was not possible to change. Athletics is trying to look at schedules earlier to avoid these situations in the future.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 12 at 4:30. Representatives from Carr and Associates, the firm working on UNDís Division I strategic plan will attend and answer questions from the group.

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:44 p.m.