PARK CITY, Utah — For the first 30 years of the Big Sky Conference, stability ruled supreme although expansion and retraction have long been a part of the storied history of the conference.
The league founded in 1963 included charter members Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State and Weber State. In 1970, Boise State and Northern Arizona joined the fold. In 1978, the league elected to move up from Division II to play I-AA football and the following year, Nevada joined the conference. In 1987, Eastern Washington came aboard, giving the Big Sky nine teams, a number that would hold steady for most of the next 20 years despite departures and replacements.
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