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BREAKING: Oral Roberts will return to the Summit League starting July 1, 2014
Posted: 12/5/2013 6:22 PM
ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League announced the addition of Oral Roberts University as its ninth full-time member Thursday. ORU’s membership officially begins July 1, 2014, and all 16 Golden Eagle athletics programs will compete in The Summit League starting with the 2014-15 academic year.
“We are excited to have Oral Roberts University join The Summit League for the 2014-15 season,” said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. “ORU brings very strong and well-rounded athletic and academic programs to our league.”
“The Presidents Council unanimously supported Oral Roberts University’s return to The Summit League,” said Dr. Dean L. Bresciani, North Dakota State University President and Chair of The Summit League’s Presidents Council. “It is an indication of the enthusiasm the council has for the opportunity to enhance our membership.”
“ORU is excited about returning to The Summit League and its distinguished member institutions,” said Oral Roberts University Director of Athletics Mike Carter. “We look forward to renewing the rivalries we developed during our 15 years in the conference and to continuing the proud tradition of The Summit League.”
ORU was a member of The Summit League from 1997-2012 and has continued to compete as an affiliate member in men’s soccer each of the past two years. During its 15 years in the league, the Golden Eagles won nine Commissioner Cups, awarded to the league’s top overall athletics program, 91 league championships and 49 regular season crowns.
The ORU men’s basketball program captured three consecutive Summit League Tournament titles from 2006-08 and won or shared six regular season championships. The Golden Eagles won 15 consecutive Summit League women’s golf championships and 15 straight baseball tournament championships, the top two team streaks in league history.
A pair of ORU athletes combined to win three individual NCAA Track and Field Championships for The Summit League over the past decade. In 2008, Andretti Bain won both the Indoor and Outdoor 400-meter Championships. Four years later, Jack Whitt won the NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Championship.
Founded in 1963, Oral Roberts University has an enrollment of 3,403 and offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, as well as 13 master's-level programs and two doctoral degrees. Based in Tulsa, Okla., ORU becomes the fourth Summit League institution located in top 60 U.S. metro populations.
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CPSLOGRAD wrote: What the hell?So.....Why'd they leave in the first place?Anyway, there goes the raid the summit after the Big East dominos fall strategerey. The WAC is still safe for now, even if one school left (which doesn't seem imminent at all) the WAC could invite NJIT to meet numbers if they have to.WWU, Metro State, UAA, one of those schools down the line. And I still think APU is a realistic possibility in a few years. Maybe some school in Tejas we've never heard of?Wonder if raiding the SLC is realistic? Kind of doubt it. Who are the basketball onlys besides New Orleans in that league?
spartypants wrote: I think ORU was spooked by realignment and realized the Summit was vulnerable. Now that things have settled down, who knows. Still don't see why they came back. I can't imagine playing the Dakotas is all that attractive.
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This might be the start of something big. Denver President stated when UMKC left the Summit that the WAC was in talks with merging with one or two conferences. The WAC is the only option for FCS schools to move up. Their are a lot of talk about fcs schools moving up together. I do not think it will be any merging. I think if this happens it will be trading schools among the conferences. I know their a lot of people on this board do not like me. Get over it. I am just looking at this realingnment at a different view. I hate all of this realingnment but in a way it is kind of fun talking about it.
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HawaiiMongoose wrote: ------------------------------------------------ RedhawkRobert wrote:SLC does not want UTPA. They will remain in the WAC until they are successful. Bringing in TAMUCC should be the WAC's #1 priority.---------------------------------------------We shall see. Keep in mind that UTPA won't be UTPA much longer. It will be merged with UT Brownsville, given a new "South Texas" brand (the specific name is still to be determined), and funded to build a new medical school. An initial check from the Permanent University Fund, for $196 million, was just presented to the presidents of UTPA and UT Brownsville last month:www.utsystem.edu/news/2013/11/...ity-south-texasThe newly-combined university and medical school, with its enhanced supply of PUF cash, will serve a Rio Grande Valley metro area of over a million people.IMHO the SLC will view this neo-UTPA as a much more attractive addition than the UTPA of old, even without football. And given a choice, I think neo-UTPA would leave the WAC for the SLC without hesitation, preferring easy travel and regional rivals to the brand equity the WAC offers. That doesn't bode well for the WAC landing TAMU-CC.
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