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 seems 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 school, for that matter – has been resurrected and placed back in the CIAA.  And that is all.  Seriously, we're done here, move on to another conference.

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 in the NCAA Northeast-10 and ICFB’s Northeast-12.  Springfield, Bryant and Quinnipiac are rejoining the NE-12 to be back amongst their brethren, with Quinnipiac and St Michael’s also breaking in new football programs.

The American West was a short-lived I-AA football conference in the mid-90’s.  It has been rejuvenated in Ideal College Football as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.  Now, some of you – okay, many of you – may remember the PCAA as the forerunner of the Big West.  Show of hands?  Good, I’m not the only conference historian here.  The NCAA PCAA actually became active in 1969, so it had a nice 20-year run before the name change.   One of the charter members was Cal St Los Angeles.  Circling back to the American West, UC Davis and Cal Poly SLO were charter members of that league and are the cornerstones of the revived PCAA you see above.  You can sense the dance we’re orchestrating here.  In essence, we’re merging the old PCAA and A-West into one viable entity, using the former’s name.  Humboldt St has been brought in.  The football programs at Chico, Sonoma, Hayward 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.  There is a nice mix of Northern, Southern and Central California represented here.  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.  I wanted to do it proud.  And by doing it proud, I mean that I at least 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 last year).  We’ve readmitted Morris Brown and given them their athletic program back, while adding Pembroke St’s young football program.  Have we done you proud, SIAC?

The WVIAC existed 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 is 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 football program.  WV Tech and Salem have been resurrected and included, 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.  Seriously, these conferences need Jenny Craig or something.  Get to a gym, guys; get lean, get mean.  Nine members of the NCAA NSIC are in ICFB’s version, meaning only one school is excluded:  MN Western (Morris) is welcomed back with open arms, and the Northern Sun is once again intact and fighting in the correct weight class.

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.  Ooh, 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


Okay, I thought the Hudson Valley Athletic (HVAC) was my creation.  And it is.  However, I’ve just discovered there is a Hudson Valley IAC, and that it runs along the same general lines as ICFB's HVAC.  Eerie.  Well, I’m keeping mine.  Albany is the only actual football-playing school in the HVAC, so they’ll be favored to wreak havoc, 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 make a conference called the Eastern Mountain Athletic (EMAC), then the NCAA comes along and allows the creation of the Mountain East.  No fair, I thought of it first!  Whereas the latter is essentially the remains of the WVIAC, our EMAC is a strange little concoction that spreads from the NY/Long Island area across to Ohio.  Moving from east to west, you’ve got your Post/Pace/Heart/Brook quadrangle, then your Mill/Hill/Man/John rectangle (I’m totally improvising this), down to Davis & Elkins (were you keeping a weather eye out for the Senators?), finally to the Central/Lake/Dame triad.  Cute, huh?  No..?  Awkward?  Sorry [hangs head in shame, slouches away].

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