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NIC Boosters Bash Budget Deal

Item: NIC boosters bash budget deal: Supporters: Conference switch is not right for athletic program/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Jack McNeel, a booster since the '70s, said he strongly opposes a conference change. "It makes me so mad, I can hardly even talk about it," McNeel said. The college's tuition revenue has increased 483 percent over the last decade, he said, and funding for athletics has lagged significantly behind that. McNeel said that like Sausser, he believes the college will never be able to transition back to the national conference. "We'll never have that national recognition. I'll never have the pride in Idaho that I have now," he said. He questioned the way the college's administration has handled the situation.

Question: Will North Idaho College lose prestige by moving sports programs to a lesser conference?

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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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