Conference reps visit Northern Colorado

Updated: February 1, 2005, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

GREELEY, Colo. -- Representatives of the Big Sky Conference arrived here Tuesday to investigate the possibility of adding the University of Northern Colorado to the eight-member conference.

"This is one of the most important events for our university," UNC athletics director Jay Hinrichs said. He said conference officials met with UNC President Kay Norton to kick things off.

"We hope to get a closer look at all areas of the University of Northern Colorado," Big Sky commissioner Doug Fullerton said.

UNC is making the transition from Division II to Division I-AA. School officials have said they want into the Big Sky Conference after competing in the inaugural year of the Great West Football Conference last fall.

"The move to Division I athletics is a huge undertaking and we're hoping our team can help them with any problems they might have," Fullerton said. "We can make sure that UNC is on the right track to have all of their sports eligible for conference and NCAA championships in 2007-08."

The conference's decision is expected in March or April. Northern Colorado is the only school being considered for expansion.

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