Tom Nieman

Total Speculation

Totally unconfirmed reports from a dubious and non-existent source in the Chicagoland area indicate that the Summit League will cease to exist immediately. Oakland University has taken its ball and gone (closer to) home to the Horizon League. Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne has discontinued all athletic programs and will...
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Summit League Survival

SUMMIT LEAGUE MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING OAKLAND UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTURE “Oakland University has been a member of The Summit League for the past 15 years and we wish them well in the future. In the ever-changing college athletics landscape, this move was rumored and anticipated for several months. Although it comes at a very late time in the year,...
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Williams and Williams

When asked recently, “Who moves around more?” local groups of nomads and gypsies both answered-----college basketball coaches. “They never stay put!” said Shifty Johnson, well-known vagabond. Every college basketball coach should know a travel agent and a realtor and have kids that believe in “new adventures”. (This is just an...
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Football Class Warfare Part 2 (Ratios)

To keep pace with South Dakota (obviously kidding), the Minnesota State High School League has added a 7th class of high school football.  6A will be made up of the 32 largest schools and will begin play this fall. (The MSHSL actually approved the addition in April 2011.) Minnesota has a state population of around 5, 345,000 (July 2011...
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The Perfect Storm

That's what it will take for Sioux Falls Storm to lose its first game of the season this Saturday... a perfect storm of circumstances. Sioux Falls coming off their bye week with the blahs.  Tri-Cities playing their best game of the season.  Storm quarterback Chris Dixon literally not showing up. Won't happen. Dixon and his 77% completions...
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Gift of Sight

I have new eyes.  They were a gift.  Literally.  Someone died and donated their corneas and now I have them and now I can see. Last weekend, I spoke at the Donor Tribute for the South Dakota Lions Eye and Tissue Bank.  The event brings together donor families and transplant recipients.  Packs of Kleenex are provided at each table.  There...
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