HUGE RNC SALE: 60% Off VIP Membership - FINAL HOURS!
CNN's John King Highlighted the Absolute Meltdown Occurring With Dems Right Now
Why a Significant Amount of Democrats Think the Trump Assassination Attempt Was Staged
WaPo: Why Didn't Parents of Hamas Hostage Mention 'Israel's Assault on Gaza' in...
Speculation Over Biden Exiting the Race Grows Even Stronger After New Report About...
Russian Court Sentences WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich After Sham ‘Trial’
Why Did the US Marshals Service Delete This Post?
The Biden Campaign Seemed Rather Upset Trump Didn't Mention This One Specific Thing...
CrowdStrike Gives Update After 'Largest IT Outage in History' Leads to Global Disruptions
There's Been a Lot of Debate Over Female Secret Service Agents. Here's How...
The Story You'll Never Hear Donald Trump Tell Again
U.S. Border Patrol Stopped a Border Smuggling Operation in This Unlikely Sector
NBC News Decided That This Would Be the Opportune Time for a Live...
WSJ 2024 College Ranking Takes Campus Diversity Into Account
A Secret Agent of South Korea Was Just Arrested by the FBI. Guess...
OPINION

SPORTS: NCAA approves Union application

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Union University has been approved by the NCAA Division II membership committee for candidacy status and will begin a three-year process of transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
Advertisement

NCAA representatives notified Union President David S. Dockery of the news in a telephone call July 11.

During the first year of the three-year process, Union's athletic teams still hope to compete in the NAIA's TranSouth Athletic Conference and will be eligible to compete in NAIA national tournaments.

The next two years, Union will move to competition in the Gulf South Conference and the NCAA Division II but will not be eligible for NCAA national tournaments. Union's 2012-13 athletic schedules will include Gulf South Conference members such as the University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of North Alabama, Christian Brothers University, Delta State University, Valdosta State University and the University of West Florida, among others.

The Gulf South Conference unanimously endorsed Union's application for NCAA Division II membership process.

Union is a Christian school affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

"We are so very pleased that the NCAA has opened the door for Union University to move forward with the membership process, which will allow Union to compete with NCAA Division II institutions," Union President David S. Dockery said. "We are grateful for the wonderful support that we have received from the Gulf South Conference commissioner and member institutions. The Union community is quite hopeful for good days ahead for our coaches, student-athletes and fans."

Advertisement

Nate Salant, commissioner of the Gulf South Conference, congratulated Union on the announcement from the NCAA.

"We are gigantically pleased, there's no other way to say it," Salant said. "This comes as no surprise to the Gulf South Conference, because Union University was a great candidate, possibly among the best ever for admission into Division II. We hope this is the start of a very long, successful, exciting relationship."

Union has been considering the possibility of an alignment change since 2009 and officially applied to the NCAA in May. Dockery said Union fits well with NCAA Division II and its commitment to the student-athlete, its "life in the balance" expectations for member institutions and the Division II's desire for institutions to be involved in off-campus community service.

Private institutions make up about 48 percent of NCAA Division II membership.

"The transition to NCAA Division II has been careful and deliberate," said Jerry Tidwell, Union's senior vice president for university relations. "The opportunity to compete at the NCAA Division II level generally, and in the Gulf South Conference specifically, opens doors to many new relationships for our coaches, student-athletes and entire Union family."

Advertisement

To comply with NCAA regulations, Union has named Gary Williams as its NCAA compliance officer and Katie Woodruff as senior woman administrator.

Dockery said Union will also consider the addition of new sports in the future, such as women's golf. Union currently offers 10 sports, which meets the requirements of NCAA Division II.

Another Baptist-affiliated school, Shorter University in Georgia, also has applied for NCAA Division II membership.

Compiled by staff of Union University and Baptist Press.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

Sponsored

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos