Photo: Students from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University examine cornhole beanbags for consistency.
In an unprecedented meeting of rivals, students from North Dakota and North Dakota State met privately at the Mayville, North Dakota VFW to discuss the Summit League’s sports offerings. With the near certainty that UND will be joining the Summit League (see article), the students worked to identify and propose a new, lower cost sport to the Summit League.
Both Universities face tight state budgets.
After four hours of debate, the students narrowed their selection to three sports – lawn mower racing, cornhole, and squirrel launching. After intense debate and four rounds of voting, cornhole emerged as the winner.
The group plans to secure a donor commitment to finance the sport before approaching the Summit League with a formal written proposal.
Squirrel launching, while extremely popular in the Dakotas, came in a distant second.
The meeting ended with the committee going out and playing – you guessed it, a cornhole tournament.