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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
Here's the list I made years ago from 1985 to now.

'85 Oklahoma City to NAIA
'86 W.Texas A&M to D-II
'87 Armstrong Atlantic St. to D-II to dropped athletics
'87 Utica to D-III
'90 Hardin-Simmons to D-III
'91 US International to dropped athletics
'91 GRU-Augusta(Augusta St.) to D-II
'92 Brooklyn to D-III
'98 NE Illinois to dropped athletics
'03 Morris Brown to dropped athletics
'06 Birmingham-Southern to D-III
'10 Winston-Salem St. to D-II
'11 Centenary to D-III

I didn't count HBU and Oral Roberts because they came back.
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
I don't think WSSU counts, they were investigating it and decided not to become full DI members.

Centenary and B-S are the two modern examples of retaining athletics while leaving NCAA DI.


Chicago St should simply drop athletics. Not sure if I count that the same ...
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
(03-10-2017 05:25 AM)Fresno St. Alum Wrote:  Here's the list I made years ago from 1985 to now.

'85 Oklahoma City to NAIA
'86 W.Texas A&M to D-II
'87 Armstrong Atlantic St. to D-II to dropped athletics
'87 Utica to D-III
'90 Hardin-Simmons to D-III
'91 US International to dropped athletics
'91 GRU-Augusta(Augusta St.) to D-II
'92 Brooklyn to D-III
'98 NE Illinois to dropped athletics
'03 Morris Brown to dropped athletics
'06 Birmingham-Southern to D-III
'10 Winston-Salem St. to D-II
'11 Centenary to D-III

I didn't count HBU and Oral Roberts because they came back.


Great list - thanks for that!
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
(03-10-2017 11:17 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  I don't think WSSU counts, they were investigating it and decided not to become full DI members.

Centenary and B-S are the two modern examples of retaining athletics while leaving NCAA DI.


Chicago St should simply drop athletics. Not sure if I count that the same ...

They played in the MEAC for 4 years they count in my book and that's the one I go by. You can make a list w/o them if you want and throw in ORU and HBU if you want.
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
(03-10-2017 12:52 PM)Fresno St. Alum Wrote:  
(03-10-2017 11:17 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  I don't think WSSU counts, they were investigating it and decided not to become full DI members.

Centenary and B-S are the two modern examples of retaining athletics while leaving NCAA DI.


Chicago St should simply drop athletics. Not sure if I count that the same ...

They played in the MEAC for 4 years they count in my book and that's the one I go by. You can make a list w/o them if you want and throw in ORU and HBU if you want.


Would Cal. State-LA count since the modern era of college football and sports started in the 1970s. They dropped down to D2 in 1974 Big West member.

University of Baltimore, left NEC in 1983 since they dropped sports.

Trinity, Texas- Southland Conference, left in 1972 to D3.

Gettysburg part of the former East Coast Conference that had Temple and them. Left in 1974 to D3.

Brooklyn College left 1992 to join D3. East Coast Conference

West Chester left D1 in 1982 to D2. East Coast Conference

Northern Michigan in one year at D1 level with the Association of Mid-Continent Football. Left after the 1980 season. The conference had Youngstown State and others that are now in MAC. Would be interested if they stayed in D1 for all sports. Could be an anchor for other D2 schools in the area to join FCS.

You have to look up defunct conferences to find more former D1 schools.
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
At least for basketball:

Baltimore 1983
West Chester 1982
Catholic 1981
Cal State LA 1975
Gettysburg 1973
Trinity (TX) 1973
Loyola (LA) 1972
NYU 1971

Also of note:
CCNY 1953 (former bball power)
Chicago 1946 (Big 10)
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
Centenary Gents was an elegant, classic name. That alone mad their demotion sad.
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
(03-10-2017 07:28 PM)DavidSt Wrote:  
(03-10-2017 12:52 PM)Fresno St. Alum Wrote:  
(03-10-2017 11:17 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  I don't think WSSU counts, they were investigating it and decided not to become full DI members.

Centenary and B-S are the two modern examples of retaining athletics while leaving NCAA DI.


Chicago St should simply drop athletics. Not sure if I count that the same ...

They played in the MEAC for 4 years they count in my book and that's the one I go by. You can make a list w/o them if you want and throw in ORU and HBU if you want.


Would Cal. State-LA count since the modern era of college football and sports started in the 1970s. They dropped down to D2 in 1974 Big West member.

University of Baltimore, left NEC in 1983 since they dropped sports.

Trinity, Texas- Southland Conference, left in 1972 to D3.

Gettysburg part of the former East Coast Conference that had Temple and them. Left in 1974 to D3.

Brooklyn College left 1992 to join D3. East Coast Conference

West Chester left D1 in 1982 to D2. East Coast Conference

Northern Michigan in one year at D1 level with the Association of Mid-Continent Football. Left after the 1980 season. The conference had Youngstown State and others that are now in MAC. Would be interested if they stayed in D1 for all sports. Could be an anchor for other D2 schools in the area to join FCS.

You have to look up defunct conferences to find more former D1 schools.
My list starts in 1985 because that's when they went to 64 teams. There's no other reason I can think of why I picked that year. I started watching 86-87 season.
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
Just for clarity regarding Trinity and Abilene
When the NCAA went with the federated system for 1972 and everyone had to make a decision what division they wanted to compete in, the Southland had a disagreement. Trinity and Abilene advocated for Division II so the compromise was that the league would be playing Division I for everything except football which would be Division II (allowed at the time). The rest wanted Division I so the league was Division I all sports except football in 1972 and over the 72, 73, 74 seasons began positioning for Division I football while they departed. Abilene moved to the Lone Star and Division II, while they technically did drop from Division I to Division II they were operating under Division II rules that year in Division I. Trinity's situation was more convoluted as they were playing in multiple Divisions (most notably tennis was Division I, football was Division II) until they finally went Division III.

While technically correct that Abilene dropped, functionally that is inaccurate.
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RE: Are there any recent examples of a team moving out of Division I.
(03-08-2017 10:54 PM)3BNole Wrote:  I believe with Birmingham Southern, starting football and the costs of that were also part of the decision. Being a college baseball fan, losing both of those teams really was a shame as they were both pretty good in the sport and had some tradition.

Actually, it wasn't just costs for Birmingham Southern. It was a chance to generate revenue. They made the decision to start a D3 football team, so they had all those new students coming in to play football, paying tuition. The D1 basketball and baseball team was a casualty of this decision.
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