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Northern Sun
Bemidji State
Concordia-St Paul
Minnesota Western (Morris)
Moorhead State
Northern State SD
Northwestern Minnesota (Crookston)
Southwest Minnesota State
Upper Iowa

Winona St

American International
New Haven
Southern Connecticut State
St Anselm
St Michael's

The Central Intercollegiate (CIAA) is another time-honored institution whose core membership has been fairly stable over the years. My only point of contention is that Pennsylvania is too far north for this conference, so Lincoln has been placed in the Eastern Conference (see division 10) with other PA schools. St Paul’s football program – and entire school, for that matter – has been resurrected and placed back in the CIAA. And that is all. We're done here. Move along. Mosey on down to the PCAA. If you're not a big fan of moseying, I'd suggest sashaying.

Group XV

Division 5

The conference currently known as the Northeast-12 (ICFB) was formerly the Northeast-7, then the Northeast-8, then the Northeast-10. See, this is what happens when you keep eating uncontrollably. You no longer fit in your jeans, and even vanity sizing doesn’t obscure the fact that you’ve become bloated. As a point of fact, the NCAA Northeast-10 currently has – in actuality – 15 members! You aren’t fooling anyone, guys. And your math has gotten as bad as some of the D-I powerhouse leagues. Let’s bring this back to scale, shall we? Nine current members share commonality between the NCAA Northeast-10 and ICFB’s Northeast-12. Springfield, Bryant and Quinnipiac are rejoining the NE-12 to be back among their kin, with Quinnipiac and St Michael’s breaking in new football programs. No vanity sizing needed.

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. Who gets that reference? At least one person, I hope. In any case, the tale: the American West was a short-lived I-AA football conference in the mid-90’s. UC Davis and Cal Poly SLO were charter members of that league, which petered out in 1996. Switching gears slightly, some of you may remember the Pacific Coast Athletic Association. The PCAA was the forerunner of the Big West, activated in 1969, and actually enjoyed a nice 20-year run before the name change. One of its charter members was Cal St Los Angeles. You can sense the dance we’re orchestrating here. In essence, we’re merging the old AmWest and PCAA into one viable entity, using the latter’s name. UCD and San Luis are the cornerstones of the newly-disinterred PCAA. Humboldt St jumps over the abyss, just as their NCAA team is slipping under the ice. The programs at Chico, Sonoma, Hayward (now East Bay) and San Francisco State have all been revived. There are new programs at Bakersfield, San Bernardino, Riverside, the aforementioned CS Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona. We have a nice mix of Northern, Southern and Central California for your gridiron palate. Think of the PCAA as the younger brother of the Big West. The younger brother who breaks your stuff and makes a nuisance of himself (just kidding, we love you, PCAA).


Group XIII

Appalachian Mountain
Bluefield State
Charleston WV
Fairmont State
Glenville State
Salem WV
West Liberty State
West Virginia State
West Virginia Tech
West Virginia Wesleyan

The Southern Intercollegiate (SIAC) is a revered institution, one of the longest-tenured D-II athletic conferences in the nation. I wanted to do it proud. And by doing it proud, what I mean is that I didn’t want to embarrass myself. Traditionally an HBCU conference, the SIAC has admitted one non-HBCU recently. Our SIAC dovetails nicely with the NCAA version in that nine schools are represented in both, ten if you include Stillman (who dropped out quite recently). We’ve readmitted Morris Brown and given them their athletic program back, while adding Pembroke’s young program. And despite playing only one NCAA season before disbanding, the Paine Lions are present and accounted for. I told you, nothing stays dead around here. Have we done you proud, SIAC?

The WVIAC existed in the NCAA for many years before obliterating itself in 2013. Was it because they added two schools from Pennsylvania after spending all of their prior existence as solely a West Virginia conference? Perhaps, although those schools were added in 2006, a full seven years before dissolution. Was it because the conference expanded beyond its scope, containing 15 schools at the time of break-up? This is a more likely explanation. My feeling, and admittedly it is not backed up by a study, but more anecdotal, is that once conferences surpass 12 schools, they become increasingly unwieldy. For whatever reason(s), the WVIAC did implode, and that is terrible. It was a solid conference. Even before its dissolution I was planning on using it pretty much intact, although with a name change to the Appalachian Mountain Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (AMIAC). So what you see here is the AMIAC in its full glory. Ten schools that were in the WVIAC, including Bluefield St with an expansion program. WV Tech and Salem have been resurrected, making for a full complement of 12 schools. What befell Davis & Elkins and Wheeling Jesuit, you ask, WVIAC mainstays that don’t play football? Keep a weather eye on the horizon, and you may see them surface.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate has also become bloated in recent years, pushing out to 16 member institutions in recent years. Sixteen! Jenny Craig, anyone? Weight Watchers? Get to a gym, guys; get lean, get mean. Sixteen schools in one conference is way too unwieldy. Nine members of the NCAA NSIC are in ICFB’s version. MN Western (Morris) is welcomed back with open arms, and the Northern Sun is once again intact and fighting in the correct weight class. The only other issue I'm having with this conference is whether to transition a few of these schools to directional names. Give me a shout if you have an opinion.

Central Intercollegiate
Bowie State
Elizabeth City State
Fayetteville State
JC Smith
St Augustine's
St Paul's
Virginia State
Virginia Union
Winston-Salem State

Southern Intercollegiate
Albany State
Clark Atlanta
Fort Valley State
Morris Brown
Pembroke State

ICFB’s Great Lakes Valley is vastly different than the NCAA’s version. There are four schools that overlap (Indy, Quincy, St Joe’s and Southern Indiana), but the feel of the conferences are miles apart. This is where Ashland belongs, in my opinion, as well as the directional IN/IL/KY schools. Granted – and consider this a future programming note – the basketball GLVAC is going to look different than the football version. Further programming note: OH Dominican is moving to the MSFA (see division 9) for Season 2 of Ideal College Football, to be replaced by a mystery guest. Oooh, our first mystery guest!

Group XIV

Pacific Coast Athletic
Bakersfield State
Chico State
CP Pomona
CP San Luis Obispo
CS Los Angeles
Hayward State
Humboldt State
San Bernardino State
San Francisco State
Sonoma State
UC Davis
UC Riverside


As with the EMAC above, I thought the Hudson Valley Athletic (HVAC) was my creation. And it is. However, I’ve just discovered there is a Hudson Valley IAC, that it runs along the same general lines as ICFB's HVAC, and I am oddly titillated at that discovery. I had to make it weird. Well, I’m keeping mine. Albany is the only actual football-playing school in the HVAC, so they’ll be favored to wreak havoc initially, but expansion programs have been known to get up to speed quickly. Remember to keep an eye on this conference in Ideal College Basketball.

Great. I create a conference called the Eastern Mountain Athletic (EMAC), then the NCAA comes along and allows the creation of the Mountain East. As Knute Rockne is my witness, I thought of it first! Ideal is not litigious, so I'm gonna let it go. Whereas the NCAA entity is essentially the remains of the WVIAC (which we address above with Ideal's AMIAC), our EMAC is a strange little concoction that spreads from the NYC/LI/CT area west to Ohio. You’ve got the Post, the Pace, the Heart, the Brook, the Mill, the Hill, the Field, the Town, the Lake, the Dame ... (I’m totally improvising this, and clumsily so), down to Davis & Elkins (were you keeping a weather eye out for the Senators?). This was awkward, wasn't it? Sorry [hangs head in shame, slouches away, seeks consoling ice cream cone while regrouping].

Hudson Valley
Saratoga (Skidmore)
St Rose

Great Lakes Valley
Kentucky State
Kentucky Wesleyan
Middle Indiana (IUPUI)
Northeastern Illinois
Northern Indiana (IPFW)
Northern Kentucky
Ohio Dominican
Southern Indiana
St Joseph's IN

Eastern Mountain
Central State OH
College of Notre Dame OH
CW Post (LIU Post)
Davis & Elkins
Lake Erie
Sacred Heart
Seton Hill
Stony Brook