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NAIA football rivalries

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When 50% of your membership has left since 1974 (588 to 290), and since 2010 saw the number of Division 1 basketball playing schools drop from 111 to 97, they kinda went away. Even more so with those remaining have switched conferences lately.

 

GPACs Hastings, Doane, Midland and Concordia are about as deep as you're gonna go.

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The only game I'm aware of is the "Brass Lantern Game" between Cumberlands and Union.

 

Beyond that, I can't find anything. I've tried looking on some teams' athletics pages, but most teams don't list who their rivals are. Which is a bit strange I think.

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36 minutes ago, CrimsonBull9584 said:

The only game I'm aware of is the "Brass Lantern Game" between Cumberlands and Union.

 

 

Themed "rivalry" games is neither what your title is nor your description.

 

Nebraska Wesleyan left GPAC for the IIAC in 2015 and ended the rivalry with Doane. Diane's student body named Concordia as the new "rival".

 

http://doaneline.com/sports/article_390fa998-8053-11e6-b20b-0753c6c53cef.html

 

The GPAC has four remaining Nebraska schools which all joined the conference in the same year.

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30 minutes ago, dfwabel said:

Themed "rivalry" games is neither what your title is nor your description.

 

What? I honestly don't understand what you are trying to say.

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2 hours ago, CrimsonBull9584 said:

 

What? I honestly don't understand what you are trying to say.

 

NAIA football rivalries just don't exist today.

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1 hour ago, CrimsonBull9584 said:

 

What makes you say that?

 

1.  Decimation of NAIA membership-most of the schools that were any good/cared about sports to the point where a rivalry would develop have bailed for the NCAA

 

2.  Massive conference realignment to compensate for the aforementioned decimation means that schools have broken up/ended rivalries that may have existed.

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Though it's changed with the move to NCAA Division 2, I grew up when Western Washington was NAIA and the big rivalry game was against Central Washington. Though WWU's football team wasn't good until after I left, it was a big deal in town for "Central week". The rivalry even carried over to basketball and other non-football sports.

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