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I was moderately suprised to see Simon Fraser leaving Canadian Interuniversity Sport to become a member of the NCAA's Division II.  I had thought that their desire to move was strictly theoretical—hot air designed to light a fire under CIS membership.

That apparently was not the case.  They will play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2011.  In CIS, SFU played at the highest level of competition in Canada. In Division II, they will be an afterthought in the USA.

I think this is potentially a horribly distructive move and the Canadian Government should put an end to this, but lets look at the arguments on both sides before we get into this.

 

From SFU's Perspective

On the surface there appears little logic to the move.  Travel for most games will be better, but a two trips to Alaska aren't exactly short. The average competition will be a little better, but not so much to make it seem worthwhile.  Fan attendance might be slightly higher in Division II.


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