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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:08 pm 
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1.) I like the new conference name and rebranding. However, having Finlandia from Michigan and Mills from California is not a logical choice. I get the fact on trying to make the conference membership requirements for most sports' automatic bids (especially basketball), but having these two outliers is not part of that. Both of them should fit on more geographic-friendly conferences: Finlandia should be aiming for the MIAA with Adrian or Oliver or Kalamazoo; and Mills should be aiming for the SCIAC with Cal Tech or Pomona-Pitzer. If know, those 2 should try to move up (Finlandia in the GLIAC and Mills in the PacWest).

2.) Speaking of geographic-friendly, that new conference should focus on having schools within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas, and there are some Indy schools within those areas; just like how the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Waz formed in 2004.

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Finlandia had earlier applied to the D-3 UMAC (Upper Midwest Athletic Conf. - a bunch of Minnesota and Wisconsin schools) - I guess that didn't go anywhere.


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Just discovered on D3sports.com, (but it was announced a few weeks ago) that there will be 3 new schools going through the exploratory phase of reclassifying to D3 this year.

http://d3sports.com/notables/2017/02/th ... to-join-d3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

State University of New York-Delhi
Johnson & Wales-Denver (Colorado)
Mississippi University for Women

SUNY-Delhi is a juco (NJCAA) that's adding four year degrees. Johnson & Wales-Denver is transitioning from the NAIA. MUW is a state-run college that turned co-ed way back in 1982, but never bothered to change its name. It was a part of NCAA D2 but dropped athletics due to budget issues about 15 years ago. MUW will be starting its athletic program from scratch this fall.

The article also mentions 3 other schools that are continuing their transitions to D3.
Brevard College (North Carolina)
Pfeiffer College (North Carolina)
Dean College (Massachusetts)

Brevard and Pfeiffer are both dropping from NCAA D2. Dean College is another juco that is adding 4 year programs.

As for where these schools will end up, Brevard and Pfeiffer will both join the USA South Athletic Conference this fall. J&W Denver has been invited to join the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Dean College is located in the greater Boston area, and there are plenty of D3 conferences that have members in New England. SUNY Delhi seems to be a natural fit for the SUNYAC, and there are other conferences in the northeast if that doesn't work out.

MUW looks to be a real outlier, as there are only 2 other D3 schools in Mississippi. Rust College is a D3 independent. Belhaven College is in the American Southwest Conference, but 10 of the ASC's 13 members are located far to the west in Texas. To the east is the USA South, a monstrously huge conference that has will have 19 members, from Alabama to Virginia, this fall. Neither one of these conferences are really in need of members now. Would they take a chance on a school starting its athletic teams from scratch anyhow, with all the bugs, problems, and issues that usually happen with a brand new program?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:33 am 
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The NAIA has announced that they will add 7 new members this fall.
http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB ... 1489442031

The new members are:
Cleary University (Mich.)
College of St. Joseph (Vt.)
Florida College
Life Pacific University (Calif.)
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Rust College (Miss.)
University of Maine at Fort Kent

The NAIA also announced that Providence Christian (Calif.) and Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.) have completed their transitional period and are full members effective this fall.

Cleary U, College of St. Jospeh, Florida College, and UMFK were all USCAA schools. Life Pacific was a NCCAA school. Rust College was an NCAA D3 independent school. Oklahoma Panhandle was an NCAA D2 school in the Heartland Conference.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:35 am 
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Thanks JeffConn -

Over the past decade or so, the NAIA has lost nearly it's entire membership located North and East of Pittsburgh.

The only school remaining in the Northeastern U.S. is Fisher (Massachusetts).

So UMFK and St. Joe's (Vermont) won't have much in the way of local competition in NAIA.

Perhaps they view NAIA as a stepping stone to NCAA D-3 where New England members exist in abundance.


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Article out of Burlington discussing NCAA D-3 NAC member Castleton's move to the Little East Conference for 2018-2019 at http://www.wcax.com/story/35344073/cast ... conference


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Article out of Bangor with comments from NCAA D-3 NAC Commish regarding efforts by his conference to add more members at https://bangordailynews.com/2017/05/25/ ... ew-members


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VSN article discussing NAIA KCAC adding Avila University for 2018-2019 at http://victorysportsnetwork.com/Clip/ne ... l-2018.htm

Also,VSN article discussing NAIA SSAC adding Florida College and Stillman College for 2018-2019 at http://victorysportsnetwork.com/Clip/ne ... 18-19.html


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Officially announced by the USA South Athletic Conference, Ferrum College will be moving from the USAC to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference effective 2018-19.

http://www.usasouth.net/general/2016-17 ... 0626drr9z8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For those keeping score, the USAC's membership has greatly increased the last few years.
13 in 2015-16
16 in 2016-17
19 in 2017-18 and
18 in 2018-19.

The ODAC will increase from 14 to 15 members in 2018-19.


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D3sports.com blog article discussing NCAA D-3 CSAC undergoing realignment at http://www.d3sports.com/notables/2017/0 ... s-withdraw


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Site release from NCAA member Green Mountain College announcing that they plan to leave the NCAA D-3 and apply for NAIA NIAC membership at http://athletics.greenmtn.edu/sports/Ge ... parts_NCAA

Also,NAIA site article discussing interest by Green Mountain College to apply for NAIA membership at http://blog.naia.org/index.php/2017/08/ ... -the-naia/


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Site release from NAIA Wolverine-Hoosier conference member Marygrove College announcing that their undergraduate school and athletic programs will be closing at http://www.marygrovemustangs.com/index.php


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VSN MB thread discussing NAIA expansion and realignment at http://www.victorysportsnetwork.com/For ... /start/585


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List of NAIA conferences from NAIA site at http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB ... =205322955


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Article from Salisbury University paper with comments from SU AD regarding future of NCAA D-3 CAC now that CAC members Wesley and Marymount plan to leave that conference at https://thesuflyer.com/2017/09/12/wesle ... rting-cac/


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