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Which NAIA school(s) would be the most likely to become NCAA D-1 in next 25 years?
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RE: Which NAIA school(s) would be the most likely to become NCAA D-1 in next 25 years?
(07-20-2021 01:03 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  
(07-20-2021 12:39 PM)Yosef Himself Wrote:  Now that Tennessee has taken over Martin Methodist and rebranded as UT Southern, I wonder how long they'll stay in the NAIA?

Where would they go? D2 Gulf South?

I believe they will make it to the Gulf South, it would really help if they add football. The Peach Belt isn't to bad of an option either for a non-football conference. They're not that far outside the PBC footprint, the drive is fairly decent to several members.
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RE: Which NAIA school(s) would be the most likely to become NCAA D-1 in next 25 years?
(07-19-2021 11:12 PM)teamvsn Wrote:  TAMU-SA, because of their growth plan, the state that they're in and the conferences they could join.

Everyone else is a super long shot.

UC Merced could grow enough to be big enough. There's a lot of land that could be bought in Merced. But there's not enough of a fan base. Merced is sort of a bedroom community for the East Bay area, and all those people are actually fans of teams in the Bay Area.

UBC could go if indeed the NCAA ever allows it. They are big and high academic. Beautiful campus in a great city. I don't think the NCAA would allow it though.

I don't think OK City is a prospect. Since the NBA came to town there's not been as much interest. Too small a school and too small an endowment.

Georgia Gwinnett, now up to 12k students. It will take a facilities campaign to get a basketball arena.

Bellevue, NE. About 10k students but only 28m endowment.

All of these are much better prospects for D2 than D1, but seem to be very comfortable playing for championships in the NAIA. But given 25 years? A lot could change.

Bellevue is a commuter school focused on older, working students. Not really DI material
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RE: Which NAIA school(s) would be the most likely to become NCAA D-1 in next 25 years?
University North Texas at Dallas might get big enough to join D1 if they could pull if off.

There are schools not listed yet that public schools took over like Lambuth is now part of Memphis's branch.

I am surprise that some of the growth at some of the publics in the NAIA got stunted a bit. I just don't think their culture really fits them to be down there. It is hard to get noticed in NAIA as it is as D1 is hogging the spotlight.
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