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What is the Big Sky Conference?

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The Big Sky Conference is a college sports conference that competes within the NCAA's Division I and the Football Championship Subdivision. The Big Sky Conference hosts teams primarily from the northwest United States. Teams within the conference compete in basketball, football, golf, tennis, track and field, soccer, volleyball and softball. The conference also hosts championships for many of these sports at the end of each season. The Big Sky Conference was established in 1963 with Jack Friel as commissioner.

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As of 2015, there are 11 schools that are considered full-time members because they compete in all sports sponsored by the Big Sky Conference. These schools include Idaho State, Montana State, Portland State, Weber State and Southern Utah University. Some schools only compete in a limited number of sports. For example, UC Davis and California Polytechnic State University are only Big Sky members for football, while Binghamton and Hartford Universities only participate in the Big Sky Conference for men's golf. Former members of the Big Sky Conference include Gonzaga, the University of Nevada and Boise State University.

The Big Sky Conference is based in Ogden, Utah. The Ogden office serves as the conference's headquarters and is home to the league's commissioner. As of 2015, the Big Sky Conference commissioner is Douglas Fullerton, who has served as the conference's commissioner since 1995.

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