CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton officially welcomed Southern Utah University into the conference Monday.
Fullerton made the announcement before a sellout crowd at the Cedar City, Utah, campus.
Fullerton said the changing landscape in collegiate sports as well as the school's mission, location and level of competition all played a role in the move. He said the university will help establish the Big Sky as one of the most stable conferences in the country.
North Dakota also joins the Big Sky as a full member, while UC Davis and Cal Poly join as football affiliate members. All four were previously in the Great West Conference.
The additions give the Big Sky 11 full members and 13 football-playing schools.