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Duluth to join NCC

It's official: the University of Minnesota Duluth will join the North Central Conference. NCC officials announced this week that UMD has accepted an offer from NCC institutions to join the conference. UMD will begin competition in the NCC at ...

It's official: the University of Minnesota Duluth will join the North Central Conference.

NCC officials announced this week that UMD has accepted an offer from NCC institutions to join the conference. UMD will begin competition in the NCC at the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year.

"As a very fine academic institution that attracts students who focus on their studies and athletics, the University of Minnesota-Duluth is in the tradition of the North Central Conference and we are pleased to welcome them into this outstanding league," said Dr. Bruce Halverson, President of Augustana College and chair of the NCC Council of Presidents.

"We are proud to have such an outstanding academic and athletic institution join the North Central Conference," said NCC Commissioner Michael Marcil. "NCC teams have had many great non-conference contests with Minnesota-Duluth in the past and we are looking forward to many years of conference competition with the Bulldogs."

Minnesota-Duluth, with an enrollment of 9,700 students, sponsors six sports for men (basketball, cross country, football, hockey, and track & field) and eight sports for women (basketball, cross country, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball).

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The NCC, one of the stronger NCAA Division II conferences in the nation, lost long-time member Morningside College of Sioux City, Iowa, last year. In the next two years, it will lose North Dakota State and Northern Colorado -- each moving to the Division 1 level.

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