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Published February 23, 2010, 04:41 PM

UND MISSES SUMMIT LEAGUE SCHEDULING WINDOW

UND has missed it's opportunity to joining the Summit League this year. UND president Robert Kelley says he talked with League commissioner Tom Douple over the last few days and learned UND has missed the scheduling window for the 2011-2012 season.

UND has missed it's opportunity to joining the Summit League this year.

UND president Robert Kelley says he talked with League commissioner Tom Douple over the last few days and learned UND has missed the scheduling window for the 2011-2012 season.

Kelley says 2012 will be the earliest they can play in Summit League conference play if they are even accepted.

They've applied but won't be considered until the "Fighting Sioux" nickname issue has been resolved.

Kelley say this was unexpected, they had hopes they would still make the window.

He says it shows the league won't wait for them even though they've said UND is a perfect fit.

Kelley says this points out the urgency of resolving the nickname issue quickly, so they don't miss out on other opportunities.

" We are seeing some doors start to close the scheduling has moved past us you know this is a long process there is no drop dead date in this the big concern I have is other schools are wanting to get into the Summit League."

Kelley says his concern could lead him to ask the league for a contingency plan to hold a spot for their application if the nickname issue is not solved in a reasonable time frame.

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