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**Note: Tom Scott is on a rare extended vacation, and his Scott Slant column will return on Monday, July 7. But Tom did leave behind his library of historical nuggets for us to share.

This Day In Sports...July 1 in many a year: The day when new conference affiliations traditionally take effect. On this day in 1970, Boise State officially became a member of the Big Sky. In 1996, Boise State and Idaho joined the Big West on July 1st. In 2001 on this day, BSU and Idaho went their separate ways the Broncos off to the WAC while the Vandals began to split time with the Sun Belt (for football) and the Big West (for all other sports). Idaho joined Boise State in the WAC in 2005. The Broncos went to the Mountain West on this day in 2011. And today, the Vandals become members of the Sun Belt in football and rejoin the Big Sky in all other sports.

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