It won’t begin until next year, but the St. Thomas Tommies will be officially joining the Summit League for the 2021-2022 season. The NCAA notified the University of St. Thomas Wednesday that it will officially become the 10th member of The Summit League. The NCAA Division I Council made the unconventional call to provided the Tommies with a waiver to make the jump from DIII to DI.
“St. Thomas brings the full package – an excellent academic reputation, experienced leadership, a massive alumni network and a winning culture,” Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said. “With their values-based mission and status as one of the region’s premier private universities, we know the Tommies will represent the Summit League well and we’re proud to welcome them.”
St. Thomas (Division III) was a dark horse candidate for the Summit League when many people believed Augustana University (Division II) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota appeared to be a shoo-in as the 10th league member.
St. Thomas, who received a unanimous vote for invitation from The Summit League’s Presidents Council last October, will spend its final season in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. New member, UMKC joins the conference this season – replacing Fort Wayne, assuming COVID-19 procedures allow for athletics.
This week, the Summit League secured additional stability with the addition of Northern Colorado as an affiliate member in baseball, bringing the conference membership to six teams before Augustana joins the conference next season.
All these recent moves make sense to stabilize and broaden the appeal of the Summit League while making the conference more regional and less ‘Dakotas-centric”.