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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:19 am 
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NAIA's other dying confernece (the MCAC) plans to disband after 2015 season(s), per posting on Senior Report.

Three remaining members - College of Ozarks (MO), Haskell Indian Nations (KS), and Central Christian (KS) will move to the unaffiliated NAIA pseudo-confernece "AIA" for Independents.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:38 pm 
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The D3 conference that refuses to die, the Great South Athletic Conference, will add two new members in the 2015-16 year. The UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs and the Mount Mary University Blue Angels will go from affiliate members to full members.
http://www.fulions.com/news/2015/6/11/S ... 55442.aspx

For those keeping score, in 2015-16, the GSAC will have 10 members, then drop to 7 members in 2016-17. Agnes Scott, Salem, and Wesleyan (all 3 are women's colleges) will join the USA South in 2016.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:27 am 
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Article out of Napa Valley discussing NAIA conference CALPAC announcement regarding addition of 4 more schools for 2015-2016 at http://napavalleyregister.com/sports/co ... bc832.html


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Nebraska Wesleyan to Join Iowa Conference in 2016-17 http://nwusports.com/news/2015/7/20/GEN_0720151523.aspx


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:29 am 
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Interesting - that GSAC was so far-flung, I couldn't understand how any school could afford the travel.


The GSAC only requires their schools to meet in the post-season tournaments. They use some ranking system to rank their schools for the tournaments.


Either as a "pseudo-conference" or a hybrid-style conference? Because the GSAC is becoming the "Great West Conference of D-III". Formerly, this conference was a traditional young athletic league based on the U.S. Southeast, when it sponsored both men's and women's sports.

Since conference realignment in the early 2010's, most of their members have left to join the USA South Athletic Conference (which is more stable than ever before). It would be best for the schools to split up and find better regional fitting conferences. For instance:

* Finlandia might fit either in the MIAA (Michigan I.A.A.) or the UMAC or even the WIAC.
* Trinity Washington would fit either in the CAC (Capital) or the Centennial or the CSAC or the ODAC.
* UC-Santa Cruz & Mills should fit in the NWC.
* Mount Mary might fit in either the WIAC or the UMAC.
* Maine-Presque Isle & Pine Manor should fit in a Northeast-based conference.

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NAIA's other dying confernece (the MCAC) plans to disband after 2015 season(s), per posting on Senior Report.

Three remaining members - College of Ozarks (MO), Haskell Indian Nations (KS), and Central Christian (KS) will move to the unaffiliated NAIA pseudo-confernece "AIA" for Independents.


For those 3 leftover schools of the former MCAC, they should join either the AMC, the HAAC or the KCAC.

On another side note, are there any news or info related with current NAIA Mid-South Conference membersa Georgetown (KY) & Cumberland (TN) on whether or not those 2 particular schools would plan to re-apply to join NCAA D-II? The last two attempts in the past two years were denied. Should they get accepted, those schools would expect to join the G-MAC.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:13 am 
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It appears Georgetown (KY) and Cumberland (TN) are staying NAIA for now. They did not re-apply for consideration in 2015.
I think they were tired of being jerked around by that D-2 membership committee (which runs their annual meeting like a kangaroo court at a country-club, apparently).

So the G-MAC moved on. For years, there has been discussion of formation of a D-2 "Ohio Conference".
The G-MAC had some Ohio members. So they went after the glut of Ohio schools in the GLIAC.
Most made the jump, so the G-MAC is now at 14 schools, and perhaps down with expansion.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:27 am 
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It appears Georgetown (KY) and Cumberland (TN) are staying NAIA for now. They did not re-apply for consideration in 2015.
I think they were tired of being jerked around by that D-2 membership committee (which runs their annual meeting like a kangaroo court at a country-club, apparently).

So the G-MAC moved on. For years, there has been discussion of formation of a D-2 "Ohio Conference".
The G-MAC had some Ohio members. So they went after the glut of Ohio schools in the GLIAC.
Most made the jump, so the G-MAC is now at 14 schools, and perhaps down with expansion.


My hope is that the G-MAC eventually becomes that all-Ohio D-II Conference. Make some moves with Mountain East and give them Trevecca Nazarene, Kentucky Wesleyan, and the WV schools (a reunion for them) in exchange for Urbana and Notre Dame--that would make for better travel for everyone--MEC loses two football programs but gains two. Ashland and Tiffin will eventually see that they are better off in an Ohio conference with schools more their size. I'd also keep an eye on NAIA programs like MVNU and Shawnee St to see if they are interested.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:53 am 
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tute79 wrote:
It appears Georgetown (KY) and Cumberland (TN) are staying NAIA for now. They did not re-apply for consideration in 2015.
I think they were tired of being jerked around by that D-2 membership committee (which runs their annual meeting like a kangaroo court at a country-club, apparently).

So the G-MAC moved on. For years, there has been discussion of formation of a D-2 "Ohio Conference".
The G-MAC had some Ohio members. So they went after the glut of Ohio schools in the GLIAC.
Most made the jump, so the G-MAC is now at 14 schools, and perhaps down with expansion.


With that move by the G-MAC to grab like 4-6 Ohio schools for the 2017-18 season, how will the GLIAC respond to that, since it would have like 10 members?

As far as Georgetown (KY) and Cumberland (TN) go, is it possible for those two schools to join in the D-II ranks from the NAIA in the future? If I remember correctly, the most recent additions from the NAIA are Auburn-Montgomery (from the SSAC, but will join the PBC) and Westminster (UT) (from the Frontier, but will re-join the RMAC), both joining D-II for the 2016-17 season.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:09 pm 
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You are correct about Auburn - Montgomery and Westminster.
Both of them were denied in 2014, but re-applied and were accepted.

Georgetown has been rejected about 3 times. At one point, they were also exploring a move to D-3.
They can ask why they were rejected, take action to fix whatever, adn re-apply.

The GLIAC was primarily Michigan Schools a few years ago, and then all these Ohio NAIA schools moved up,
and briefly formed a Southern Division of the GLIAC.
Maybe they felt that confernce was just too big....
So the GLIAC will shrink to 10 schools (8 Michigan, 2 Ohio).
Time will tell whether the various parties like htis new arrangement.


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tute79 wrote:
You are correct about Auburn - Montgomery and Westminster.
Both of them were denied in 2014, but re-applied and were accepted.

Georgetown has been rejected about 3 times. At one point, they were also exploring a move to D-3.
They can ask why they were rejected, take action to fix whatever, adn re-apply.

The GLIAC was primarily Michigan Schools a few years ago, and then all these Ohio NAIA schools moved up,
and briefly formed a Southern Division of the GLIAC.
Maybe they felt that confernce was just too big....
So the GLIAC will shrink to 10 schools (8 Michigan, 2 Ohio).
Time will tell whether the various parties like htis new arrangement.


You're right about something. The GLIAC currently is too big, but unlike the D-I section of the NCAA, schools & leagues from D-II & D-III has had several conferences with 14+ members.

For instance, both the Gulf South & the Lone Star had like 16 members each, but both shrunk to like 10 when some of their members decided to form a new league (now known as the Great American Conference, a league with Arkansas & Oklahoma schools basically).

Other 'big' conferences in D-II so far (in terms of membership) are the CCAA with 13, the CCAA with 14, the GLVC with 16 (like the GLIAC in quantity), the MAIAA with 14, the NE-10 with 15, the NSIC with 16, the PacWest with 14, the PBC with 14, the PSAC with 18, the RMAC with 16, and the SIAC with 15. For each of those leagues, they would need at least 1 or 2 (their most successful ones or those with market) to move upto D-I, while allowing open spaces for schools from D-III or the NAIA to move up and step up.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:30 am 
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AL.com article (previously posted in another thread)reporting that D-2 Stillman College has announced that they will be dropping FB and other sports and will be joining the NAIA Gulf Coast Athletic Conference for 2016-2017.Link at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015 ... l_all.html


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AL.com article (previously posted in another thread)reporting that D-2 Stillman College has announced that they will be dropping FB and other sports and will be joining the NAIA Gulf Coast Athletic Conference for 2016-2017.Link at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015 ... l_all.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Wow! That was unexpected. I bet that the institution did it for the right reasons, like saving up some money for the transition to downgrade from NCAA D-II to the NAIA, with a possible re-newal of a rebrand within the school's entire athletic program. At least they will keep basketball to start off their new conference & organization homes next season. Maybe football and baseball will come back by that period. Who knows? Well, to be fair, I send my best endeavors to the school and its staff.

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VSN article discussing Texas Wesleyan starting FB and joining NAIA Central States FB league at http://www.victorysportsnetwork.com/Cli ... sleyan.htm


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ALabama News article including reprint of NAIA Mid-South Conference press release announcing that it and the NAIA Sun Conference will merge to form a 20 school league.Link at http://www.alabamanews.net/2016/02/25/f ... nce-merger


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The University of California-Santa Cruz is in danger of losing its sports programs unless the students agree to a $270 a year fee.

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_29 ... rts-sparks

The UCSC Banana Slugs are a Division 3 school. The men play independent schedules, and the women's sports are part of the Great South Athletic Conference.


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