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Summit presidents to address expansion

The University of South Dakota will get its first shot at joining The Summit League on Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D., when the conference Presidents Council address expansion.

The University of South Dakota will get its first shot at joining The Summit League on Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D., when the conference Presidents Council address expansion.

Summit commissioner Tom Douple said he expects more of a question-and-answer session than anything else.

"Could they take action? Absolutely," Douple said. "Do I anticipate that action? I truthfully don't anticipate that."

The Summit made a site visit to USD in January.

Douple said a written report will be distributed to the presidents, and he will also give a verbal report.

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Site visits are normally considered one of the final pieces to a school gaining membership approval from a conference.

"Nothing hit us that we weren't expecting, so I think it was a positive visit from our end in that we have answers to a lot of our questions," Douple said.

At the same time the league announced it was visiting USD, Douple said The Summit would not consider the University of North Dakota until its nickname and logo issue was resolved.

That has not changed.

"It's a stand I feel strongly about as commissioner that as presidents and as a league, we have enough going on without getting in the middle of a very controversial issue," he said. "I've told UND and the presidents the same thing: Get it resolved. I don't care which way, but get it resolved. Get the NCAA stamp of approval, and I'll put it in front of the presidents."

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