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Dakota State Leaving the DAC

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One of the five remaining members of the Dakota Athletic Conference is leaving next July.

Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., will remain in the NAIA, but as an independent.

The DAC announced this week that it is becoming a five-school league starting next July, after the departure or pending departure of four schools to the NCAA Division II ranks. An NAIA league must have at least six teams for it to be eligible for automatic postseason berths, and the DAC had asked for a waiver.

DAC Commissioner LaVern Jessen says the request is now moot. He says he's surprised at Dakota State's decision. He says league officials are talking Friday about how to proceed.

DSU Athletic Director Gene Wockenfuss says moving to independent status will give the school options in scheduling and more control of its athletic budget.
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