Northern Kentucky Makes the Move to the Horizon League

The Bank of Kentucky Center will have a new logo on it for next season, as the Norse make the move to the Horizon League.
The Bank of Kentucky Center will have a new logo on it for next season, as the Northern Kentucky Norse make the move to the Horizon League.

When the Northern Kentucky Norse made the move to Division I athletics, they put up shop in the Atlantic Sun Conference. While the Norse made their transition to the top-tier of the NCAA, the Atlantic Sun would be their home.

As they continued to make the change into Division I, it was rumoured that the Norse would switch conferences as they completed their transition. On Monday, that change happened.

The Northern Kentucky Norse took up membership in the Horizon League Conference, where they will begin competition starting in the 2015-16 calendar year. Three years ago, the Norse came into Division I. Now, they have their new home in the Horizon League.

The Horizon League is generally known for its basketball teams, with the likes of Detroit, Valparaiso, Green Bay, and Milwaukee calling the conference their home. Both the men’s and women’s program at Northern Kentucky should fit right in, as they have enjoyed success in their own rights over their history.

On the men’s side of things, the Norse have had two national runner-up teams in their history. On the women’s side, the school has taken home two Division II national championships, with the most recent one coming in 2008.

The first year in their new home may not be too friendly for the men’s program, as they will be without star freshman Tayler Persons, who decided to transfer after taking home A-Sun Freshman of the Year honours. They will have some holes to fill, but they will look to build off of their 13 – 17 record from a season ago.

Moving to the Horizon League will also have a positive impact on the school in terms of recruiting and player transfers. The Horizon League is a stronger conference than that of the Atlantic Sun, and it will put the Norse in more competitive situations on a regular basis.

As the Norse wind down in their transition to Division I athletics, they will be eligible to play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. They will look to make their mark in their new conference this season, and hopefully beyond.

– T.B.