Big Sky Conference
The Big Sky Conference is a NCAA conference that play in the NCAA Division I. The conference is headquartered in Ogden, Utah and features universities and colleges from the Western United States, plus one in the Midwestern U.S. In football, the league plays in the second-level Division I FCS.
Members[change | change source]
As of the 2014–15 school year, the Big Sky has 12 full members, or schools that play almost all of their sports in the conference. Of these schools, only Idaho does not play football in the conference. Its team in that sport plays in the top-level Division I FBS as a single-sport member of the Sun Belt Conference.
|Eastern Washington University||Cheney, Washington||1882||Public||Eagles||1987|
|University of Idaho||Moscow, Idaho||1889||Public||Vandals||1963, 2014[a 1]|
|Idaho State University||Pocatello, Idaho||1901||Public||Bengals||1963|
|University of Montana||Missoula, Montana||1893||Public||Grizzlies[a 2]||1963|
|Montana State University||Bozeman, Montana||1893||Public||Bobcats||1963|
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, North Dakota||1883||Public||None[a 3]||2012|
|Northern Arizona University||Flagstaff, Arizona||1899||Public||Lumberjacks||1970|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colorado||1889||Public||Bears||2006|
|Portland State University||Portland, Oregon||1946||Public||Vikings||1996|
|California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State)||Sacramento, California||1947||Public||Hornets||1996|
|Southern Utah University||Cedar City, Utah||1897||Public||Thunderbirds||2012|
|Weber State University||Ogden, Utah||1889||Public||Wildcats||1963|
- Idaho left the Big Sky in 1996 and came back in 2014.
- The Montana women's basketball team uses "Lady Griz" as its nickname. All other Montana women's teams use "Grizzlies".
- North Dakota dropped its former nickname of "Fighting Sioux" in 2011 after years of protests by Native American groups. Under the state law that allowed the university to drop "Fighting Sioux", it cannot choose a new nickname until 2015.
Associate members[change | change source]
The Big Sky has four "associate" members that play only one sport in the conference.
|Main Conference||Big Sky
|Binghamton University||Vestal, New York||1946||Public||Bearcats||2014||America East||Men's golf|
|California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)||San Luis Obispo, California||1901||Public||Mustangs||2012||Big West||Football|
|University of Hartford||West Hartford, Connecticut||1877||Private||Hawks||2014||America East||Men's golf|
|University of California, Davis (UC Davis)||Davis, California||1905||Public||Aggies||2012||Big West||Football|
References[change | change source]
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