LCU Accepted into NCAA Division II CandidacyOct. 3, 2012
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Lubbock Christian University received word Friday from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and they have been accepted into NCAA Division II candidacy.
The Chaparrals now begin the three-year process of transitioning to NCAA Division II affiliation from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). LCU will remain a member of the NAIA and the Sooner Athletic Conference for the 2012-13 season, followed by a two-year phase involving a continued candidacy period and a provisional period before gaining official NCAA Div. II status for the 2015-16 academic year.
Lubbock Christian University will have all 11 varsity athletic programs transition to compete at the NCAA Div. II level. LCU will participate as a member of the Heartland Conference, whose member presidents recently voted unanimously to approve LCU as one of 12 conference members, beginning the 2013-14 academic year. Also joining NCAA Div.II candidacy from the Sooner Athletic Conference and joining the Heartland Conference are Oklahoma Christian and Rogers State (Okla.). They join current conference members Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist (Texas), McMurry (Texas), Newman (Kan.), Oklahoma Panhandle State, St. Edwards (Texas), St. Mary’s (Texas), Texas A&M International, Texas Permian Basin.
The Chaparrals Athletic Department has scheduled a press conference on Monday, July, 23 at 2 p.m. inside the Cardwell Welcome Center on the LCU campus. University President Tim Perrin and athletic director Paul Hise will make the official announcement concerning the transition to NCAA Div. II and will announce the plans and timeline the university will take to gain full membership status.