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It has been very quiet on the D2 applicant watch for
2015. With the early filing date usually you hear "mumbles"
of schools considering the move, not so far this year.
Below one of our sources inside the situation tells us:
"I honestly think there is a very good chance that no
one applies this cycle. A ton of negative feedback out
there about NCAA, Division II and membership committee.
Both Georgetown and Cumberland have said they will not
reapply and don’t know about Westminster. Everyone else
that was looking at studies have tabled it."
We will not be surprised if some schools consider a move
back to the NAIA in the future. D1 issues are filtering down
at all levels in the NCAA. Most schools would rather avoid that
SR has been informed that Southern Wesleyan University and Emmanuel College have won their appeals
and will start with the D2 membership process. Southern Wesleyan University and Emmanuel College both were sponsored by Conference
Carolinas during the process.
Two other schools recently won appeals in the mebership process Mississpi College moving from D3 and
Lee University who was accepted last year will now move forward in the process as well.
So far the record shows Schools Appealing 4 NCAA 0
Neither of the two schools, Conference Carolinas or the NCAA have released the information to the public at the this time.
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*Update:Auburn-Montgomery Loses D2 Membership
On July 22, the Division II Management Council referred the decision to accept membership applications of Auburn University at Montgomery (Alabama) and Spring Hill College (Mobile, Ala.) back to the Division II Membership Committee for further review.
On July 26, citing new information obtained regarding UAM’s probationary status with the NAIA, the Membership Committee overturned its initial decision and voted to deny the institution’s application for acceptance into the Division II membership process. The decision to accept Spring Hill into year one candidacy was upheld.
According to a very reliable source Georgetown College will apply for D2 membership during
the 2014 cycle. This after a firm was secured to do another new new study. SR hopes to verify with school officials.
It has been a "soap opera" journey for GC who decided to join D3 and than withdrew from that process, applied for D2 very
late in the process and was denied membership in 2012 and than last summer said they would
reapply for the early membership process in 2013. According to our sources they did not apply this year because
of the search for a new president to replace President Crouch. In another "twist" (see link below) GC has renewed
a search for a new president after two finalist withdrew from the process.
This year we have confirmed five schools have applied for D2 membership.
JUST IN - A reliable source tells us that Georgetown College will NOT aplly for D2 membership in February.
Most likely due to the change in the president's office. We have an email into school officials to verify this
information. Will update as soon as we receive confirmation.
Reply to our email request on Georgetown's NAIA Status
Per NAIA bylaws, Georgetown College would be eligible for NAIA postseason play in 2012-13. If Georgetown applies for NCAA membership again this upcoming year, then the institution would be ineligible for postseason play in 2013-14, regardless of whether the NCAA accepts the institution for membership.
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The Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which applied for Division II membership in 2012, is currently completing an educational assessment program to become an active member conference Sept. 1, 2013, as well. The Membership Committee will vote on whether to grant active status to the G-MAC at its July meeting. Members of that conference for 2013-14 will be Alderson-Broaddus, Cedarville, Central State, Davis and Elkins, Kentucky Wesleyan, Ohio Valley, Salem International, Trevecca Nazarene and Ursuline.
Division III delegates also adopted Proposal No. 2, which means that a Division III member institution is ineligible for Division III championships and Division III grant funding once it begins the Division II reclassification process. The new legislation is effective for any institution beginning Division II candidacy year one in the 2013-14 academic year or thereafter.
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