USD athletics are topic of town meetings

USD athletics are topic of town meetings
Three "town meetings" to announce the preliminary findings of the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Consulting Group have been scheduled next week across the state of South Dakota.

The findings will include a review of USD's intercollegiate athletic program's classification and conference membership options. ICAC's preliminary data was gathered in part by a site visit to Vermillion over the week of Dakota Days through meetings with constituency groups, including USD faculty and students, as well as alumni and "friends of The U" at a function in Sioux Falls.

Andy Fellingham, managing director of ICAC, will present the firm's preliminary findings at three open forums, followed by a question and answer session at each location.

All of the forums will be open to the public and free of charge, and no reservations will be required to attend any of the sessions.

The first town meeting will start at noon (MST) on Monday, Oct. 30, in Rapid City. It will be held at the law firm of Bangs, McCullen, Butler, Foye & Simmons, located at 333 West Boulevard on the fourth floor.

Later that night, a town meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center on the campus of USD in Vermillion.

Sioux Falls will host the third town meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 31, starting at 11:30 a.m., in room 291 of the health sciences building on the USDSU/SETI campus.

The preliminary findings presented by Fellingham and ICAC do not represent a recommendation nor a decision by the Athletic Review Task Force or The University of South Dakota regarding athletics reclassification or conference affiliation. ICAC will first present its preliminary findings to the Athletic Review Task Force on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Athletic Review Task Force will reconvene in early November to discuss the option of making a recommendation regarding athletic classification and conference membership, and to forward all findings to The University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott.

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