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McMurry University Withdraws NCAA D-II Membership Bid

Published On: Jan 31 2014 03:35:17 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 09:07:26 PM CST

KTXS Sports spoke with coaches and staff at McMurry about the school board's decision to remain a Division III school. This move ends their provisional phase as a Division II member.

ABILENE, Texas -

The McMurry University Board of Trustees has voted to withdraw the school's provisional NCAA Division II membership bid and remain in NCAA Division III for all of its athletic programs.

"After reviewing the information available from the last two years and carefully considering all our options, the board has decided that NCAA Division III is a more appropriate fit for the University moving forward," Board Chairman Chuck Fallon said. "We understand this will be a difficult adjustment for our student athletes, their families and for our athletic coaches. The McMurry administration will work closely with all those affected to provide assistance in making this transition."  

The University said it will continue to honor athletic aid covering tuition at the level currently being received by the affected student athletes for two years as long as they are participating in their sport.

"This decision is one part of an overall wide-ranging plan which will be implemented by new President Dr. Sandra Harper to continue McMurry's academic excellence and achieve financial stability," said Fallon.

"The Board believes remaining in NCAA Division III better reflects the mission, educational philosophy and financial structure of smaller liberal arts programs such as McMurry's. We look forward to working with Dr. Harper to achieve this vision."

McMurry will be reviewing possible NCAA Division III conference affiliations but has not yet determined a timeline for making those decisions.

McMurry has had a long and successful history of competing as a non-athletic scholarship school in both the NAIA and NCAA Division III as a founding member of both the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NAIA) and the American Southwest Conference (NCAA III).

Information provided by McMurry athletics department.