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Conference reps visit Northern Colorado

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.