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Tue., Feb. 25, 2014, 8:49 a.m.

Edit: NIC Should Switch Conferences

Someday Al Williams (pictured) will be in the North Idaho College Sports Hall of Fame. Helping the community college shift from prestigious but costly membership in the National Junior College Athletic Association to the more regional and affordable Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges shouldn't tarnish his legacy as director of athletics in the slightest. In fact, it should add a little luster to his star. Williams is offering sincere help to his entire college in NIC's quest to cut $2.3 million from the next fiscal year budget. Savings from travel and scholarships would net an estimated $600,000 of that $2.3 million. But it would come at some cost, too. Regarded as one of the top two or three community college athletic programs in the entire nation, switching to NWAACC affiliation means NIC will no longer be able to compete for national championships except in wrestlings/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How often do you attend a North Idaho College sports event?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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