Big Sky Conference

The Big Sky Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division I, with football competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. Member institutions are located in the western United States in the nine states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Four affiliate members each participate in one sport. Two schools from California are football-only participants, and two schools from the Northeast participate only in men's golf.

Big Sky Conference
Established1963, 56 years ago
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
SubdivisionFCS
Members11 full-time
Sports fielded
  • 16
    • men's: 7
    • women's: 9
RegionWestern United States
HeadquartersFarmington, Utah
CommissionerTom Wistrcill
Websitebigskyconf.com
Locations

History

Initially conceived for basketball,[1][2] the Big Sky was founded 56 years ago in 1963 with six members in four states;[3][4] four of the charter members have been in the league from its founding, and a fifth returned in 2014 after an 18-year absence.

The name "Big Sky" came from the popular 1947 western novel by A. B. Guthrie Jr.; it was proposed by Harry Missildine, a sports columnist of the Spokesman-Review just prior to the founding meetings of the conference in Spokane in February 1963,[5][6] and was adopted with the announcement of the new conference five days later.[3][4]

Starting in 1968, the conference competed at the highest level (university division) in all sports except football (college division). The sole exception was Idaho, in the university division for football through 1977 (except 1967, 1968).[7]

In 1974, half of the Big Sky's ten sports were dropped (baseball, skiing, swimming, golf, and tennis), leaving football, basketball, wrestling, track, and cross country.[8][9]

Women's sports were added 31 years ago in 1988, moving from the women's-only Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982–88).

Fiftieth anniversary

The 2012–13 season marked the completion of a half century of athletic competition and a quarter century sponsoring women's collegiate athletics. Before the season the league introduced a new logo to celebrate this.

The 25th season of women's athletics also marked a first for the league, as Portland State won the league's inaugural softball championship. From 1982 to 1988, women's sports were conducted in the Mountain West Athletic Conference.

The Big Sky sponsors championships in sixteen sports, including men's and women's cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, basketball, and tennis. There are also championships in football, and in women's volleyball, soccer, and softball.[10] |

Members

Full members

Institution Location Founded Joined Enrollment Nickname Colors
Eastern Washington University Cheney, Washington 1882 1987 12,607 Eagles          
University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho 1889 1963, 2014[a 1] 11,814 Vandals          
Idaho State University Pocatello, Idaho 1901 1963 12,805 Bengals          
University of Montana Missoula, Montana 1893 1963 10,104 Grizzlies[a 2]          
Montana State University Bozeman, Montana 1893 1963 16,766 Bobcats          
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona 1899 1970 22,791 Lumberjacks          
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 2006 12,862 Bears          
Portland State University Portland, Oregon 1946 1996 27,285 Vikings               
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, California 1947 1996 31,181 Hornets          
Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah 1897 2012 10,196 Thunderbirds          
Weber State University Ogden, Utah 1889 1963 27,465 Wildcats          
  1. Idaho departed for the Big West Conference in 1996; rejoined the Big Sky for all sports but football in 2014; rejoined for football in 2018.
  2. The Montana women's basketball team is known as the Lady Griz, but all other women's teams are known as Grizzlies.

North Dakota left the Big Sky in 2018, with its non-football sports joining the Summit League.[11] The football team became an FCS independent for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but continues to play a full Big Sky football schedule due to contractual commitments. In those seasons, football games against North Dakota will count in the Big Sky standings for their opponents. Afterwards, North Dakota will join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.[12]

Affiliate members

Institution Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment Endowment 2014) Nickname Colors Primary
conference
Big Sky
sport
Binghamton University, SUNY Vestal, New York 1946 2014 Public 16,695 $101,414,229 Bearcats                America East Men's golf
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California 1901 2012 Public 21,812 $207,485,860 Mustangs                Big West Football
University of California, Davis Davis, California 1905 2012 Public 38,369 $968,230,000 Aggies           Big West Football
University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut 1877 2014 Private 7,025 $146,113,000 Hawks           America East Men's golf

Former members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameSubsequent conference membership
Boise State UniversityBoise, Idaho193219701996Public22,678BroncosBig West (1996–2001)
WAC (2001–2011)
Mountain West (2011–present)
California State University, NorthridgeNorthridge, California195819962001Public36,070MatadorsBig West (2001–present)
Gonzaga UniversitySpokane, Washington188719631979Private7,764BulldogsWCC (1979–present)
University of NevadaReno, Nevada187419791992Public18,227Wolf PackBig West (1992–2000)
WAC (2000–2012)
Mountain West (2012–present)
University of North DakotaGrand Forks, North Dakota188320122018Public14,906Fighting HawksSummit League (2018–present)
Notes
  • Gonzaga, which has not fielded a football team since 1941, was a charter member in 1963.

Membership timeline

Full members Assoc. members (football only) Full members (except football) Assoc. members (other sports) Other conference Other conference

Sports

Eastern Washington
Idaho
Idaho State
Montana
Montana State
Northern Arizona
Northern Colorado
Portland State
Sacramento State
Southern Utah
Weber State
Binghamton
Cal Poly
UC Davis
Hartford
– Full members
– Only members for football
– Only members for men's golf

As of the 2016–17 school year, the Big Sky sponsors championships in seven men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[13] Each core member institution is required to participate in all of the 13 core sports. Men's core sports are basketball, cross country, football, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and tennis. Women's core sports are basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis, and volleyball.

Cal Poly and UC Davis participate as football-only affiliates, otherwise participating in the Big West Conference. Binghamton and Hartford are affiliates in men's golf only, otherwise participating in the America East Conference. Before the 2014–15 school year, the latter two schools had participated in men's golf alongside five full Big Sky members in the single-sport America Sky Conference.[14] The return of Idaho brought the number of members participating in men's golf to six, which led to the Big Sky adding men's golf and absorbing the America Sky Conference.

Baseball

The Big Sky is unusual among Division I all-sports conferences in not sponsoring baseball. The conference originally sponsored baseball in 1964, with all members participating. When Boise State and Northern Arizona arrived for the 1971 season, competition was split into two divisions of four teams each, with the winners in a best-of-three championship series.[15][16] Montana State[17] and Montana soon dropped the sport and by the 1973 season, only six teams remained but the divisions were kept, and Boise State moved over to the North Division for two years.[18]

Wrestling

From the 1962-1963 season through the 1986-1987 season, the BIG SKY conference sponsored wrestling. Boise State & Idaho State dominated in most years winning 10 & 8 conference titles respectively. Montana State & Weber State also had some good years & Montana won their only conference title in the last year BIG SKY sponsored the sport.

Montana State (4) 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966

Idaho State (8) 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1984

Boise State (10) 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977,1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1986

Weber State (2) 1981, 1983

Montana (1) 1987

In May 1974, the Big Sky announced its intention to discontinue five of its ten sponsored sports. It retained football, basketball, cross-country, track, and wrestling, and dropped conference competition in baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, and skiing.[8][9] Of the eleven Big Sky baseball titles, four each went to Idaho (1964,'66,'67,'69)[19] and Gonzaga (1965,'71,'73,'74), and three to Weber State (1968,'70,'72).[20] Gonzaga won the final title in 1974 over Idaho State in three games, after losing the first game in Pocatello.[21] Southern division champion Idaho State chose to end its baseball program weeks following the conference's announcement,[22] and Gonzaga, Idaho, and Boise State joined the new Northern Pacific Conference (NorPac) for baseball in 1975.[23] Boise State and Idaho competed in the NorPac for six seasons, then discontinued baseball after the 1980 season.[24][25]

In 2016, North Dakota announced on April 12 that it was their last baseball season.[26] Since then, only Northern Colorado and Sacramento State have competed in the sport, both as affiliate members in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

Teams in Big Sky Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Basketball
11
11
Cross country
11
11
Football
13
-
Golf
7
11
Soccer
-
10
Softball
-
7
Tennis
11
11
Track and field (Indoor)
11
11
Track and field (Outdoor)
11
11
Volleyball
-
11

Men's sponsored sports by school

School BasketballCross
country
FootballGolfTennisTrack and field
(indoor)
Track and field
(outdoor)
Total
Sports
Eastern Washington
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
6
Idaho
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
7
Idaho State
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
6
Montana
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
6
Montana State
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
6
Northern Arizona
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
6
Northern Colorado
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
7
Portland State
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
6
Sacramento State
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
7
Southern Utah
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
7
Weber State
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
7
Totals
11
11
11+2[lower-alpha 1]
5+2[lower-alpha 2]
11
11
11
69+4
  1. Affiliates Cal Poly and UC Davis.
  2. Affiliates Binghamton and Hartford.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Sky Conference which are played by Big Sky schools:

SchoolBaseballSkiingSoccerWrestling
Montana StateNoIndependentNoNo
Northern ColoradoWACNoNoBig 12
Sacramento StateWACNoBig WestNo

    Women's sponsored sports by school

    School BasketballCross
    country
    GolfSoccerSoftballTennisTrack and field
    (indoor)
    Track and field
    (outdoor)
    VolleyballTotal
    Sports
    Eastern Washington
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    N
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    8
    Idaho
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    N
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    8
    Idaho State
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Montana
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Montana State
    Y
    Y
    Y
    N
    N
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    7
    Northern Arizona
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    N
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    8
    Northern Colorado
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Portland State
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Sacramento State
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Southern Utah
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Weber State
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    Y
    9
    Totals
    11
    11
    11
    10
    7
    11
    11
    11
    11
    94

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Sky Conference which are played by Big Sky schools:

    SchoolBeach volleyballGymnasticsRowingSkiingSwimming
    IdahoNoNoNoNoWAC
    Montana StateNoNoNoIndependentNo
    Northern ArizonaNoNoNoNoWAC
    Northern ColoradoNoNoNoNoWAC
    Sacramento StateIndependentMPSFThe AmericanNoNo
    Southern UtahNoMountain RimNoNoNo

      Facilities

      School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity
      Cal Poly Alex G. Spanos Stadium 11,075 Football-only member
      Eastern Washington Roos Field 8,600 Reese Court 6,000
      Idaho Kibbie Dome 16,000 Cowan Spectrum
      Memorial Gymnasium[lower-alpha 1]
      7,000
      2,500
      Idaho State Holt Arena 12,000 Holt Arena (men)
      Reed Gym (women)
      8,000
      3,040
      Montana Washington–Grizzly Stadium 25,203 Dahlberg Arena 7,321
      Montana State Bobcat Stadium 20,767 Worthington Arena 7,250
      Northern Arizona Walkup Skydome 10,000 Walkup Skydome 7,000
      Northern Colorado Nottingham Field 8,533[27] Bank of Colorado Arena 2,992
      Portland State Hillsboro Stadium 7,600 Viking Pavilion 3,094
      Sacramento State Hornet Stadium 21,195 Hornets Nest 1,012[28]
      Southern Utah Eccles Coliseum 8,500 America First Event Center 5,300
      UC Davis UC Davis Health Stadium 10,367 Football-only member
      Weber State Stewart Stadium 17,500 Dee Events Center 11,500
      1. The Idaho men's basketball team plays early-season home games at Memorial Gym, home of the Vandals volleyball team. The university is preparing to build Idaho Central Credit Union Arena (capacity 4,200) for its basketball and volleyball teams, with a projected opening date of August 2021.

      Basketball

      Current NBA players

      Conference rivalries

      Non-conference rivalries

      Rivalries

      Protected football rivalries

      As of May 2019, these rivalries are protected.[29]

      School Rival 1 Rival 2
      UC Davis Cal Poly Sacramento State
      Cal Poly UC Davis Sacramento State
      Eastern Washington Idaho Portland State
      Idaho Montana Eastern Washington
      Idaho State Weber State Portland State
      Montana Montana State Idaho
      Montana State Montana Northern Colorado
      Northern Arizona Southern Utah Northern Colorado
      Northern Colorado Northern Arizona Montana State
      Portland State Eastern Washington Idaho State
      Sacramento State UC Davis Cal Poly
      Southern Utah Northern Arizona Weber State
      Weber State Idaho State Southern Utah

      Conference

      SchoolsFirst
      Meeting
      GameWinner
      (Last Meeting)
      All-time Record
      Cal PolyUC Davis1939Battle for the Golden HorseshoeUC DavisUC Davis leads 22–20–2
      Eastern WashingtonMontana1938EWU-UM Governor's CupEastern WashingtonMontana leads 27–17–1
      Eastern WashingtonPortland State1968Dam CupEastern WashingtonTied 20–20–1
      IdahoIdaho State1916Battle of the DomesIdaho StateIdaho leads 28–12
      IdahoMontana1903Little Brown SteinMontanaIdaho leads 55–28–2
      MontanaMontana State1897Brawl of the WildMontana StateMontana leads 72–40–5
      UC DavisSacramento State1954Causeway ClassicSacramento StateUC Davis leads 46–21
      Southern UtahNorthern Arizona1983Grand Canyon RivalryNorthern ArizonaNorthern Arizona leads 13–9
      Southern UtahWeber State1984Beehive BowlWeber StateWeber State leads 19–8

      Non-conference

      SchoolsFirst
      Meeting
      TrophyWinner
      (Last Meeting)
      All-time Record Note
      IdahoBoise State1971Governor's CupBoise StateBoise State leads 22–17-1Last competed for in 2010
      IdahoWashington State1894Battle of the PalouseWashington StateWashington State leads 72-16-3Last played in 2016

      Commissioners

      Headquarters

      Big Sky championships

      Big Sky men's basketball

      Season Regular Season
      Champion(s)
      Tournament
      Champion
      NCAA
      Seed
      Region Wins Advancement
      1964 Montana State no tournament
      1965 Weber State
      1966 Weber State, Gonzaga
      1967 Gonzaga, Montana State
      1968 Weber State West 0
      1969 Weber State West 1 Round of 16
      1970 Weber State West 0
      1971 Weber State West 0
      1972 Weber State West 1 Round of 16
      1973 Weber State West 0
      1974 Idaho State   (playoff over Montana) West 0
      1975 Montana West 1 Round of 16
      1976 Weber State, Boise State, Idaho State Boise State West 0
      1977 Idaho State Idaho State West 2 Round of 8
      1978 Montana Weber State West 0
      1979 Weber State Weber State 7 Midwest 1 Round of 32
      1980 Weber State Weber State 7 West 0
      1981 Idaho Idaho 7 West 0
      1982 Idaho Idaho 3 West 1 Round of 16
      1983 Nevada, Weber State Weber State 9 West 0
      1984 Weber State Nevada 11 West 0
      1985 Nevada Nevada 14 West 0
      1986 Northern Arizona, Montana Montana State 16 West 0
      1987 Montana State Idaho State 16 West 0
      1988 Boise State Boise State 14 West 0
      1989 Boise State Idaho 13 West 0
      1990 Idaho Idaho 13 West 0
      1991 Montana Montana 16 West 0
      1992 Montana Montana 14 West 0
      1993 Idaho Boise State 14 West 0
      1994 Weber State, Idaho State Boise State 14 West 0
      1995 Weber State, Montana Weber State 14 Southeast 1 Round of 32
      1996 Montana State Montana State 13 West 0
      1997 Northern Arizona Montana 16 West 0
      1998 Northern Arizona No. Arizona 15 West 0
      1999 Weber State Weber State 14 West 1 Round of 32
      2000 Montana, Eastern Washington No. Arizona 15 West 0
      2001 Cal State-Northridge CS-Northridge 13 Midwest 0
      2002 Montana State Montana 15 Midwest 0
      2003 Weber State Weber State 12 Midwest 0
      2004 Eastern Washington E. Washington 15 East 0
      2005 Portland State Montana 16 West 0
      2006 Northern Arizona Montana 12 Midwest 1 Round of 32
      2007 Weber State, Northern Arizona Weber State 15 West 0
      2008 Portland State Portland State 16 Midwest 0
      2009 Weber State Portland State 13 East 0
      2010 Weber State Montana 14 East 0
      2011 Northern Colorado No. Colorado 15 West 0
      2012 Montana Montana 13 East 0
      2013 Montana Montana 13 East 0
      2014 Weber State Weber State 16 West 0
      2015 Montana E. Washington 13 South 0
      2016 Weber State Weber State 15 East 0
      2017 North Dakota North Dakota 15 West 0
      2018 Montana Montana 14 West 0
      2019 Montana Montana 15 West 0
      • Prior to 1976, each NCAA regional had a third place game (won 1969; lost 1972, 1975)
      • The only Big Sky team to reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament was Idaho State in 1977
      • The only Big Sky team to earn a bye in the NCAA tournament was Idaho in 1982
      • Through 2019, the Big Sky has yet to have an at-large team in the NCAA tournament

      Basketball championships (by school)

      SchoolMember yearsConference
      Titles
      Tournament
      Titles
      Last won
      Weber State1963–present22102016
      Montana1963–present11102018
      Montana State1963–present522002
      Northern Arizona1970–present522007
      Idaho1963–96, 2014–present441993
      Idaho State1963–present421994
      Boise State1970–96341989
      Eastern Washington1987–present222015
      Nevada1979–92221985
      Portland State1996–present222009
      Gonzaga1963–79201967
      Northern Colorado2006–present112011
      CS-Northridge1996–2001112001
      North Dakota2012–2018112017
      Sacramento State1996–present00N/A
      Southern Utah2012–present00N/A

      NCAA Tournament

      Since 1968, the Big Sky champion has received a berth in NCAA Tournament; the conference tournament winner has been the representative since its introduction in 1976.

      The best finish by a Big Sky team came in 1977, when the Idaho State Bengals of Jim Killingsworth advanced to the Elite Eight, with a one-point upset of UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen in Provo, Utah. Two days later, the Bengals led UNLV by a point at halftime, but lost by seventeen and finished at 25–5.

      Seeding was introduced in 1979 when it expanded to forty teams, and the highest seed granted a Big Sky team was in 1982: ranked eighth in the final polls with a 26–2 record, the Idaho Vandals under Don Monson were seeded third in the West regional. After a first round bye, they beat Lute Olson's Iowa Hawkeyes in nearby Pullman in overtime, but lost to second-seeded (and fourth-ranked) Oregon State in the regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen), also played in Provo. (Idaho had defeated OSU by 22 points in December in the Far West Classic at Portland.)

      Other Big Sky teams that advanced to regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen) include the Weber State Wildcats in 1969 and 1972, when the total field was 25 teams, and the Montana Grizzlies under Jud Heathcote in the 32-team field in 1975. The Griz fell to UCLA by just three points, who went on to win another title in John Wooden's final year as head coach. (A year later, Heathcote was hired at Michigan State with Monson as an assistant for the first two years; in his third season, the Spartans won the national title in 1979.)

      Since 1982, only three teams from the Big Sky have advanced within the NCAA tournament, and none past the round of 32. Weber State won in 1995 and 1999, coached by Ron Abegglen, and Montana in 2006, led by alumnus Larry Krystkowiak. Prior to Idaho in 1982, the Big Sky had been seeded seventh (Weber State, 1979 & 1980; and Idaho, 1981); the highest seed for the conference since 1982 is ninth (Weber State, 1983), and the highest since expanding to 64 teams in 1985 is twelfth (Weber State in 2003; Montana in 2006).

      Through 2018, the Big Sky has yet to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The first NIT appearance for the conference was Idaho in 1983; two Big Sky teams advanced to the NIT's round of 16: Weber State (1984) and Boise State (1987).

      Big Sky women's basketball

      Season Tournament Champion Tournament Runner-Up
      1983 Montana Weber State
      1984 Montana Eastern Washington
      1985 Idaho Montana
      1986 Montana Eastern Washington
      1987 Eastern Washington Montana
      1988 Montana Eastern Washington
      1989 Montana Idaho
      1990 Montana Idaho
      1991 Montana Montana State
      1992 Montana Boise State
      1993 Montana State Montana
      1994 Montana Boise State
      1995 Montana Montana State
      1996 Montana Weber State
      1997 Montana Montana State
      1998 Montana Northern Arizona
      1999 CS Northridge Portland State
      2000 Montana CS-Northridge
      2001 Idaho State Montana
      2002 Weber State Montana State
      2003 Weber State Montana State
      2004 Montana Idaho State
      2005 Montana Weber State
      2006 Northern Arizona Weber State
      2007 Idaho State Northern Arizona
      2008 Montana Montana State
      2009 Montana Portland State
      2010 Portland State Montana State
      2011 Montana Portland State
      2012 Idaho State Northern Colorado
      2013 Montana Northern Colorado
      2014 North Dakota Montana
      2015 Montana Northern Colorado
      2016 Idaho Idaho State
      2017 Montana State Montana State
      2018 Northern Colorado Northern Colorado
      2019 Portland State Eastern Washington

      Big Sky football titles

      Season, conference record,[40][41] and champion

      ^ - winner of head-to-head matchup(s) in conference game(s) during the regular season. ^^ - vacated due to NCAA violations

      Football championships (by school)

      Schoolmember yearstotal titlesLast won
      Montana1963–present182009
      Montana State1963–present152012
      Eastern Washington1987–present102018
      Idaho1965–95
      2018–future
      81992
      Boise State1970–9561994
      Nevada1979–9241991
      Weber State1963–present52019
      Idaho State1963–present32002
      Northern Arizona1970–present22003
      Southern Utah2012–present22017
      Cal Poly2012–present12012
      North Dakota2012–201712016
      UC Davis2012–present12018
      Cal State Northridge1996–20010
      Sacramento State1996–present12019
      Portland State1996–present0
      Northern Colorado2006–present0

      All-time school records by wins for current teams

      This list goes through the 2013 season.

      #TeamRecordsPct.Big Sky
      Championships
      National
      Championships
      1North Dakota622-383-30.61501
      2Montana564-478-26.540182
      3Eastern Washington503-404-23.55371
      4UC Davis495-384-35.56100
      5Cal Poly485-383-19.55711
      6Montana State470-467-33.502152
      7Idaho State449-488-21.48031
      8Northern Arizona445-438-23.50420
      9Northern Colorado425-450-26.48602
      10Portland State331-354-10.48300
      11Weber State266-294-3.47530
      12Sacramento State263-351-8.42910
      13Southern Utah261-319-13.45111

      Overall Big Sky Conference champions

      Boise State Broncos (1970–1996) Cal State Northridge Matadors (1996–2001) Eastern Washington Eagles (1987– ) Gonzaga Bulldogs (1963–1979) Idaho State Bengals (1963– ) Montana State Bobcats (1963– ) Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (1970– ) Portland State Vikings (1996– ) Sacramento State Hornets (1996– ) Idaho Vandals (1963–1996) Nevada Wolf Pack (1979–1992) Northern Colorado Bears (2006– ) Montana Grizzlies (1963– ) Weber State Wildcats (1963– )
      Football 6 7 3 15 2 1 8 4 18 3
      Men's Basketball 2 1 1 2 2 5 4 2 4 1 1 8 22
      Women's Basketball (RS/Tourn) 1/0 1/1 1/1 3/3 3/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/0 21/20 2/2
      Men's Cross Country 2 5 2 18 2 3 8 7
      Women's Cross Country 4 15 1 2 4
      Men's Indoor Track and Field 2 5 12 2 1 1 5
      Women's Indoor Track and Field 6 3 1 1 7 2 1 1 4
      Men's Outdoor Track and Field 1 12 1 15 4 2 1 9
      Women's Outdoor Track and Field 6 3 1 1 7 3 1 1 5
      Men's Tennis 5 1 2 4 2 10 10 2 11
      Women's Tennis 2 1 2 3 9 1 10
      Women's Soccer 1 2 1 1 4 4
      Volleyball 1 1 5 3 1 5 11 3 2 3
      Women's Golf 1 1 1 5 4 1 1 1
      Men's Golf 1 1 1 2 2 6 17
      Baseball (1963–74) 4 4 3
      Men's Swimming (1963–74) 2 8
      Wrestling (1963–87) 10 7 3 1 2
      Men's Skiing (1963–74) 1 4 2 3
      Total

      Basketball

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