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Great West Conference
Established: 2004
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NCAA Division I FCS
Members 7 full-time, 8 affiliate
Sports fielded 16 (men's: 7; women's: 9)
Region Midwest and West
Former names Great West Football Conference
Headquarters Elmhurst, Illinois
Commissioner Ed Grom
Website http://www.greatwestconference.org
Locations
Great West Conference locations

The Great West Conference is a NCAA college athletic conference. Formerly a football-only conference, in 2008 it became an all-sports conference. It is a member of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA).

Contents

History, Background and Reorganization

Cal Poly-SLO, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, and UC Davis began conference play in the Great West Football Conference in 2004. St. Mary's (CA) was slated to join the conference, but dropped football prior to the 2004 season. In 2005 Cal Poly-SLO was the conference's first participant in the NCAA Div. I-AA (now FCS) playoffs.

Northern Colorado left the GWFC to join the Big Sky Conference for all sports for the 2006 season. On March 7, 2007, North Dakota State and South Dakota State announced that they would leave the conference after the 2007 season and join the Gateway Football Conference in 2008;[1] by the time the two schools joined, the Gateway Conference renamed itself the Missouri Valley Football Conference. On August 2, 2007 the University of North Dakota and the University of South Dakota announced that they would be joining the Great West Conference in 2008.

On July 10, 2008 it was made official in press conferences that the conference would change from a football only conference into an all sports conference. The charter members of the all-sports conference include North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah Valley University, Houston Baptist, Texas-Pan American, and NJIT.[2] Chicago State joined the conference October 22, and these new schools will begin all-sports conference play in 2009–2010. Seattle University is considering membership.[3]

The all-sports version of the Great West officially began conference play in a limited number of sports during the fall sports season of 2008. During the 2008-09 academic year, the Great West will award championships in Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track Field, Golf, and Tennis. Full conference play among all sponsored team and individual sports will begin with the 2009-10 academic year. Despite not playing a conference schedule in team sports, the league began to award "Player of the Week" honors to student-athletes in all sports in the 2008-09 year.

The conference currently does not have an automatic bid the NCAA Tournament, but the Great West Conference men's basketball tournament champion has an automatic bid to CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).

Members

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Current

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Nickname
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 1867 Public 7,131 2008 Cougars
Houston Baptist University Houston, Texas 1960 Private 3,100 2008 Huskies
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public 5,263 2008 Highlanders
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 1883 Public 12,834 2008 Fighting Sioux
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862 Public 8,241 2008 Coyotes
University of Texas–Pan American Edinburg, Texas 1927 Public 17,048 2008 Broncs
Utah Valley University Orem, Utah 1941 Public 24,487 2008 Wolverines

South Dakota will join the Summit League in 2011 [4]

Affiliates

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Joined Nickname Primary Conference Sport
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA 1901 Public 18,722 2004 Mustangs Big West Conference Football
Delaware State University Dover, DE 1891 Public 3,756 2009 Hornets Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Soccer
Howard University Washington, DC 1867 Private 10,991 2009 Bison Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Soccer
New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY 1955 Private 12,755 2009 Bears East Coast Conference Baseball
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 1889 Public 12,981 2009 Bears Big Sky Conference Baseball
Seattle University Seattle, WA 1891 Private 7,717 2009 Redhawks Independent Cross Country, Track & Field
South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC 1896 Public 5,411 2009 Bulldogs Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Soccer
Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT 1897 Public 7,509 2004 Thunderbirds The Summit League Football
University of California, Davis Davis, CA 1905 Public 27,530 2004 Aggies Big West Conference Football

Former members

Locations of current Great West Conference full member institutions.

Football Champions

Season Champion Record
2004 Cal Poly-SLO 4–1
2005 Cal Poly-SLO & UC Davis 4–1
2006 North Dakota State 4–0
2007 South Dakota State 4–0
2008 Cal Poly-SLO 3–0
2009 UC Davis 3–1

Conference facilities

School Football Stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
Cal Poly-SLO Alex G. Spanos Stadium 11,075 Does not participate in Great West
Chicago State Does not sponsor football Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center 7,000
Houston Baptist Does not sponsor football Sharp Gymnasium 1,500
NJIT Does not sponsor football Fleisher Center 1,500
North Dakota Alerus Center 13,500 Betty Engelstad Sioux Center 3,300
South Dakota DakotaDome 10,000 DakotaDome 10,000
Southern Utah Eccles Coliseum 8,500 Does not participate in Great West
Texas-Pan American Does not sponsor football UTPA Fieldhouse 4,000
UC Davis Aggie Stadium 10,367 Does not participate in Great West
Utah Valley Does not sponsor football McKay Center 8,500

Notes

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