Talk:Big Sky Conference

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As you can see, I changed the template (which, oddly enough, was created by an anonymous vandal. If you have problems, contact me on my talk page. --fpo 21:14, September 3, 2005 (UTC)

Members table[edit]

School type/religious affiliation[edit]

The religious affiliation or designation as "non-sectarian" is not so clear cut. For example, Duke University describes its ties with Methodism as "formal, on-going, and symbolic" [1] while Wake Forest University maintains "a dedication to the values rooted in its Baptist heritage" [2]. Both schools can be considered "non-sectarian" in that they are no longer under the direct auspices of their founding religious organizations. Likewise, Boston College maintains its Jesuit identity in spite of the fact that it severed its formal ties with the Jesuit Order (and thereby the Catholic Church) in the 1960s when it was independently incorporated under a lay board of trustees. Unlike the Catholic University of America, which is under the direct auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, or the University of Notre Dame, which is governed by "fellows," half of whom must be priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross, The Trustees of Boston College (BC's governing body) operate independent of any religious jurisdiction. This arrangement is probably similar to that at Duke or Wake Forest, except that the BC trustees have voluntarily chosen to elect members of the founding religious organization to the presidency (though they are not required to do so). In fact, similar arrangements exist at other Jesuit colleges and universities, where both women and non-clerics have been elected to presidency (most recently at Georgetown University). All of this is to say that I think the nature of a school's religious affiliation is beyond the scope of this article, and that "public" or "private" suffice in the context of the members table. -- 10:19, 7 January 2006 (UTC) has coppied and pasted this on almost every college conference discussion board. Please refer to Talk:Atlantic Coast Conference so we can keep all the discussion in one place. Thanks. -- Masonpatriot


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Chadron State/Montana State[edit]

Is there really a rivalry between these two schools? I know the Chadron State defeated Montana State in football, but is their anything more to it? Can that one game even constitute a rivalry? (In my eyes, no.) -Colslax 22:38, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Just curious[edit]

In the section Current members (and year joined), I can't seem to figure out what order the schools are listed. To me, it would seem better to organize them, perhaps by year joined, alphabetical, number of students, etc. Sean118 (talk) 03:01, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Facility size - inaccurate claim[edit]

For Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the phrase "largest in I-AA" appears after the capacity. This is incorrect. See Five of the eight Ivy League schools, which also play Division I FCS, are larger, and all are on-campus facilities. Franklin Field (Penn) seats more than 52,000 and the Yale Bowl seats more than 64,000. Several stadiums in the MEAC and SWAC are larger than Montana's, although I'm uncertain whether they're on-campus facilities. The two largest FCS stadiums, LP Field (Tennessee St.) and the Georgia Dome (Georgia St.) are actually NFL stadiums. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SilverSpring8 (talkcontribs) 23:14, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Proposal to make timelines more consistent[edit]

I noticed that conferences in List of NCAA conferences have articles, usually including a membership timeline. While some of the decisions made for each conference make some sense, there is a wide variety of styles for the various timelines, particularly involving color choices, but also other matters of style that could be more consistent.

for example, a school with a yellow bar means:

  • An associate member in one sport (if part of the BE)
  • A former member of the conference (in the SEC)
  • A future member of the conference (in the SEC and Big West)
  • A football only member (in the Sun Belt)
  • A team that has moved to another conference (in the WAC, NEC)
  • A full member of the Big Sky

Some graphs have captions, some do not, and none are centered. To see the variety of styles, review Current conference timelines

I think it would be worth discussing how best to provide some measure of consistency, recognizing that there may be legitimate reasons for some differences from a standard presentation (for example, some conferences show the name of the new conference for former members. In some cases, this makes sense, in other, it may not.)

I've produced a draft of how the timelines would look with some consistency added. Please see Draft proposal of conference timelines.

I propose a discussion to see if there is consensus on improving the consistency.

Because it would not be practical to have this discussion on each and every conference talk page, I suggest centralizing this discussion at the Talk page of Project College football SPhilbrick(Talk) 00:15, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Standardize facility sections[edit]

See the discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject College baseball#Standardize conference pages' facility sections.

Discussion about overview maps for US collegiate athletic conferences[edit]

A discussion on the Project College Football talk page has been created to discuss the proper format of the overview maps that are used for the US collegiate athletic conference pages.

If you're interested, please join the discussion here: Athletic conference overview maps and their lack of consistency. Mdak06 (talk) 23:50, 14 July 2012 (UTC)