Trevecca takes another shot at NCAA Division II membership

Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 8:05pm
Tyler Whetstone

Trevecca Nazarene University’s athletic department has been in full tilt transition mode for the past two years.

For 43 years the university has been a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). For the last two, though, it also has pursued membership in the NCAA's Division II.

Monday afternoon Trevecca will learn whether its petition for NCAA membership has been accepted.

The first attempt was denied last year when the university misinterpreted the criteria required for application.

Trevecca added a cross country program, which began competition last fall, in order to meet the minimum number of programs mandated for NCAA Division II members. The NCAA rejected the application because it said all sports must have completed at least one season of competition.

Those races now have been run.

Now Trevecca is waiting on its second ruling from the NCAA.

“They [were] in the decision-making process this [past] weekend,” Dr. Dan Boone, university president, said. “I have confidence in the strength of our application, but we are still in process on the issue of conference affiliation.”

That issue could cost Trevecca.

The NCAA strongly prefers prospect universities to have acceptance from current NCAA conferences, so that if and when they are accepted, they will have a league affiliation.

Currently, Trevecca does not have a commitment from either the Southern Athletic Conference or the Gulf South Conference, D-II conferences based in the Southeast.

After Monday’s announcement, regardless of what it is, Trevecca will continue with an eventful week. A new athletics director will be introduced on Tuesday.

If all goes as planned, the new AD will have a new logo to hang in his or her office, one that reads NCAA.