The University of Sioux Falls has long been rumored to be making the move to NCAA DII. In recent years those rumors have gotten louder and louder as the Cougars began construction on new athletic facilities.
"Our thought was some point in the future when our facilities are 100% completed our complex as a whole would be state of the art for even the NCAA DII level," said President Mark Benedetto of the University of Sioux Falls.
"When we near completion of our complex we will explore NCAA DII. But the economic downturn has slowed the fundraising for our complex and I do not see the University moving toward DII until our facilities near completion."
"As the academic year winds down it would appear all but one of the NAIA's Midwestern schools is staying put as William Jewell moves to NCAA DII. Sioux Falls may be the next school to transition as they have already indicated it is part of their strategic plan for athletics moving the question from a matter of "if" to a matter of "when"."