* In just over a month the Big Sky Conference will bulk up to 11 teams for all sports and 13 for football. North Dakota and Southern Utah will officially become full members on July 1 and compete in all sports. UC Davis and Cal Poly will also join July 1 as football-only affiliate members.
* Next year's Big Sky Conference championship schedule:
Cross country -- Oct. 27, Flagstaff, Ariz. (all 11 teams)
Soccer -- Nov. 1-4, hosted by regular-season champion (four teams)
Volleyball -- Nov. 23-24, Greeley, Colo. (six teams)
Indoor track and field -- Feb. 22-23, Bozeman, Mont. (all 11 teams)
Men's basketball -- March 14-16, hosted by regular-season champion (seven teams)
Women's basketball -- March 14-16, hosted by regular-season champion (seven teams)
Golf -- April 21-23, Chandler, Ariz., Ocotillo Golf Resort (all 11 teams)
Tennis -- April 26-28, Sacramento, Calif., Gold River Racquet Club (six teams)
Outdoor track and field -- May 8-11, Portland, Ore. (all 11 teams)
Softball -- May 9-11, hosted by regular-season champion (four teams)
* The volleyball and tennis tournaments are both expanding from four teams back to six in 2012-13. The volleyball tournament will be hosted by Northern Colorado because of the Bears' regular-season championship last fall.
* Both basketball tournaments are undergoing some changes. 1) They will both expand to seven teams. 2) They will both be played on the same dates: Thursday through Saturday, March 14-16, and at the site of the regular-season champion. No longer will the men's tournament have separate quarterfinal games at the home sites of the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds.
The tournaments will open on Thursday, March 14, with three quarterfinal games: No. 2 vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5. The No. 1 seed and host will get a bye to the semifinals.
On Friday, March 15, the top seed will host the lowest seed to win Thursday. The other two quarterfinal winners will play the other semifinal, with the championship game to be played Saturday.
* In the event that the same school hosts both tournaments, one of the tournaments would open Wednesday with three quarterfinal games, and the other would stick to a Thursday start. Friday would then have four semifinal games with two championship games on Saturday.
* Softball will be contested for the first time next spring. Idaho State, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Weber State all play softball. The three-day, double-elimination tournament will be held May 9-11, and the winner will earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.
The teams will play a single round-robin schedule during the regular season with teams meeting up for a three-game weekend: doubleheader Friday, single game Saturday (all weather dependent). If everything goes according to plan, each team will play 18 regular-season Big Sky games: three each against the other six teams.
* Softball at Montana is coming. At the earliest the Griz will start playing in the spring of 2014, though a more realistic start is in 2015.
* The Football Championship Subdivision national championship game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. (MT) at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
* Two other football-related changes: 1) Kickoffs will be from the 35 yard line, and players on the coverage team need to start within five yards of the ball. 2) Touchbacks will be brought out to the 25 yard line.