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St. Thomas is being kicked out of the conference in which they were founding members, for being too good and to create a more "equitable" playing field for the other teams. So instead of finding another DIII conference to join, what do they do? They apply for a waiver to jump to DI and potentially join the Summit League in 2021:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/sports/ncaafootball/st-thomas-division-i.html

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2 hours ago, HuskerFever said:

St. Thomas is being kicked out of the conference in which they were founding members, for being too good and to create a more "equitable" playing field for the other teams. So instead of finding another DIII conference to join, what do they do? They apply for a waiver to jump to DI and potentially join the Summit League in 2021:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/sports/ncaafootball/st-thomas-division-i.html

 

 

Pretty great storyline -- UNO will be playing these St. Thomas cats in a couple years.

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St. Thomas just got approval from NCAA to jump from DIII to DI:

 

The Tommies announced that they will join the Summit League for 19 of their 22 sports, the Pioneer Football League and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for women's hockey. St. Thomas will also find a new conference home for Division I men's hockey.

"We are actively engaged in assessing all options for men's hockey and will share an update once we have secured a conference invitation," the St. Thomas website said.

 

https://m.startribune.com/st-thomas-gets-approval-from-ncaa-to-go-division-i/571780492/

 

 

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