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UNO to add football; move forward with Division III reclassification

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Jason Plotkin
UNO Athletics
28 June 2010

NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans received approval from the NCAA Division III Membership Committee to move forward with its multi-year reclassification process.

In late July, the NCAA Division III Management Council, which makes the final decision on provisional and reclassifying membership, will review UNO’s application

The Membership Committee provided UNO with a list of recommendations associated with its reclassification to Division III.

They include:

The institution will adhere to its plan provided in the application to ensure that it is meeting all sport sponsorship requirements prior to the 2011-12 academic year. Schools with enrollments of over 1,000 students have a Division III sport sponsorship minimum of 12 sports – six men’s and six women’s.

The institution will work closely with a mentor institution.

UNO currently competes in nine sports, of which five are men’s and four are women’s.   It intends to add football, women’s golf, and women’s soccer in the coming year.

Additionally, the University has partnered with the University of Texas at Dallas over the past several months.

UNO is committed to the Division III approach of combining academics, competitive sports, and an opportunity for student-athletes to pursue a broad range of interests.

UNO will withdraw its membership from the Sun Belt Conference on June 30 and compete as an NCAA Division I Independent Transitioning to Division III in 2010-11.

The University last competed as an NCAA Division I Independent from 1975-76 and again from 1980-1987.

In anticipation of the 2010-11 athletic calendar year, the Privateer coaching staffs have finalized their schedules, which will be announced over the next several months. The UNO volleyball team will be the first program to compete in 2010-11, beginning competition at the end of August.

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Written by demon53

June 29, 2010 at 3:36 am

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